Jordan at a Canadian Film Centre Gala in 2014
|Birth name||Marc Wallace Jordan|
|Born||March 6, 1948|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Rock, jazz fusion|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, record producer, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, Keyboard|
|Labels||EMI/Blue Note, Warner Bros., RCA, CBS|
|Associated acts||Lunch at Allen's, Amy Sky|
Marc Wallace Jordan (born March 6, 1948), is an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, session musician, and actor. Covering a wide variety of genres, he has written songs for a number of well-known artists, including Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bette Midler, Chicago, and Josh Groban. He was named best producer with Steven MacKinnon at the Juno Awards in 1994 for "Waiting for a Miracle" from Reckless Valentine. In early 2014, Jordan was named Chair of Slaight Family Music Lab at Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Centre.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Canadian singer Charles Jordan, Marc Jordan grew up in a musical household in Toronto after his father returned to Canada. He studied film at Brock University but soon turned to music, coming to public attention as a guitarist for Bobby Vee.
With the Canadian division of CBS Records, Jordan released some singles in 1974, which included "It's a Fine Line", "New York Kids", "Original Sin"). They were not very successful themselves, but they impressed American music producer Gary Katz, and in 1977 Jordan reached a U.S. deal with Warner Bros. Records. This period with Warner spawned the Canadian hit songs "Marina del Rey" and "Survival" from the record Mannequin; a second record produced by Jay Graydon called Blue Desert was released 1980, and is regarded as a classic of the West Coast Sound of the period.
In the 1980s, Jordan was signed to RCA for two records. Paul De Villiers produced the first, Talking Through Pictures, and Kim Bullard the second, called C.O.W.. In 1988, Jordan sang and co-wrote the theme song to the hit Australian movie Boulevard of Broken Dreams which was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Film.
After independently releasing the critically acclaimed recordings Reckless Valentine and Cool Jam Black Earth, he was signed to Blue Note/EMI Canada in 1999, and followed up with two more jazz-oriented CDs, This Is How Men Cry and Make Believe Ballroom.
During the summer of 2016, Jordan was performing with singers Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church and Ian Thomas in the group Lunch At Allen's, in a number of towns and small cities in Ontario, Canada. He is married to fellow singer-songwriter Amy Sky. They live in Toronto and have a cottage in Muskoka with their two children, Ezra and Zoe. Jordan and Sky are both national UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors for Canada.
Jordan made his acting debut in Michael McGowan's 2010 sports musical Score: A Hockey Musical, where he plays Edgar Gordon, a pacifist father who along with his wife (Olivia Newton-John) have a 17-year-old son who has a talent for hockey.
This is How Men Cry
First released in Canada by Blue Note/EMI on October 25, 1999, This is How Men Cry contains six tracks written by Jordan: "This Is How Men Cry," "Charlie Parker Loves Me" (covered by Rod Stewart on his album Human, released February 6, 2001), "Slow Bombing the World," "I Must Have Left My Heart," "Let's Get Lost," and "London in the Rain". There are an additional three covers: Willie Nelson's '"Crazy," Elvis Costello's "Almost Blue," and Mann Curtis's "Let it be Me." The lead track, "This is How Men Cry," is a poem about how men communicate, or more often how they don't.
Jordan is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.
- Jordan (1977)
- Mannequin (1978)
- Blue Desert (1979)
- A Hole in the Wall (1983)
- Talking Through Pictures (1987)
- C.O.W. (Conserve Our World) (1990)
- Reckless Valentine (1993)
- Cool Jam Black Earth (1996)
- This Is How Men Cry (1999)
- Make Believe Ballroom (2004)
- Crucifix in Dreamland (2010)
- On a Perfect Day (2013)
- Live (1980)
- Live: Now and Then (1999)
- Living in Marina del Rey and Other Stories (2002)
- Norm Amadio and Friends (2009)
|CAN AC||CAN||CAN Country|
|1974||"New York Kids"||—||—||—||singles only|
|"It's a Fine Line"||—||—||47|
|"Marina del Rey"||23||—||—|
|"One Step Ahead of the Blues"||—||—||—|
|1979||"I'm a Camera"||30||80||—||Blue Desert|
|1980||"Secrets"||—||—||—||Live at El Mocambo|
|"New York City"||13||81||—|
|"Potential and Air"||—||—||—|
|1981||"You Found Out"||25||—||—||single only|
|1987||"I Was Your Fool"||—||—||—||Talking Through Pictures|
|1988||"Catch the Moon"||—||—||—|
|1989||"Shadow Dance"||—||—||—||single only|
|"Burning Down the Amazon"||—||—||—||C.O.W. (Conserve Our World)|
|1990||"Edge of the World"||—||—||—|
|1992||"Her Body Makes Vows" (with Exchange)||—||—||—||Exchange (Exchange album)|
|"'Til the Last Teardrop Falls"
(with Exchange and Amy Sky)
|1994||"Rhythm of My Heart"||—||—||—||Reckless Valentine|
|"Waiting for a Miracle"||—||—||—|
|"Back Street Boy"||—||—||—|
|1996||"Beautiful Disguise"||—||—||—||Cool Jam Black Earth|
|1997||"I Will Be Your Priest"||���||—||—|
|1999||"Charlie Parker Loves Me"||—||—||—||This Is How Men Cry|
|2002||"Rockets"||—||—||—||Living in Marina del Rey and Other Stories|
|2003||"Everything Love Is" (with Amy Sky)||—||—||—||With This Kiss (Amy Sky album)|
|2008||"Every Time It Snows"||—||—||—||single only|
|2012||"Your Love Was All"||—||—||—||Crucifix in Dreamland|
A list of artists who have performed songs written by Jordan include the following:
- Marc Jordan, mardjordan.com, accessed March 11, 2010.
Etan Vlessing (March 20, 2014). "Marc Jordan Named New Music Lab Chair at Canadian Film Center". The Hollywood Reporter. Toronto. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
His appointment was unveiled at a gala event in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night, attended by Jewison, CFC topper Slawko Klymkiw and music lab residents Matthew O'Halloran, Lodewijk Vos, Joseph Murray, Robyn Dell'Unto, Adaline, Rob Teehan and Erica Procunier.
- Doolan, Susan (June 10, 2016). "'Lunch' menu full of talented favourites". Barrie Examiner. Archived from the original on June 11, 2016. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
Their approach to a concert is like a band, not as a singer-songwriter event. They all play on each others' songs and sing and harmonize together.
- LeBlanc, Larry. Marc Jordan Makes Blue Note Debut, Billboard, December 11, 1999.
- "Songwriter Marc Jordan talks about growing up dyslexic". Cjnews.com. March 3, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
- "Artists". Artistsagainstracism.org. Retrieved March 3, 2020.