Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcus Jordan.
Marcus, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My musical journey began at the age of seven when God gifted me with the ability to play the piano. I was able to develop my skills by playing for my dad and pastor, Emanuel Jordan. Shortly thereafter, my mom allowed me to sing with her in her quartet group. I continued to enhance my skills as both a musician and singer through playing for various churches in the Houston area, and singing with different quartet groups. In 2007, I was afforded the opportunity to be a part of the house band of Music World, playing behind artists such as Solange Knowles, Sunshine Anderson, and IB3. Surprisingly, it was Solange Knowles who gave me the encouragement I needed to pursue a career in music as a singer. She heard me sing one day during practice and told me how much she loved my voice. My love for music and my desire to become an artist have always been there, but the encouragement from her was just the push I needed to pursue my dreams wholeheartedly. Although I began by recording a few secular songs, my heart was and has always been with gospel music. In 2009, I released my first EP, titled I Can. After its release, I began traveling around Houston and surrounding cities, performing at various events and churches, with the goal of organically growing my fan base.
In 2015, I was installed as Pastor of St Paul Missionary Baptist Church, the church formerly pastored by my father, and the church where I first discovered the musical gift God placed inside of me. In January 2018, I released my first album, I Will Bless the Lord, with the leading single You Are Here. My second single from the album was I Will Bless the Lord. This placed number 58 on the BDS charts. In March of 2019, I was afforded the opportunity to present at the Pre-Show of the Stellar Awards which is the biggest night in Gospel Music. I was ecstatic to say the least! In July 2019, I was afforded the opportunity to Interview and Perform live with Sirius XM Kirk Franklin Praise (CH. 64) at the 25th New Orleans Festival. My latest single, Give God the Glory, was released May 2019 and is currently number 67 on the Nielson BDS charts. I continue to Pastor St Paul MBC, and also serve as a Law Enforcement Officer in the Houston area. Throughout my journey, God has been faithful.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not always been easy. I’ve faced various challenges with trying to get established as an Artist. I will be transparent and say I have heard a lot of no’s. I have become a student of the industry, and with this, have learned who the major players are within the gospel industry. Trying to gain access to these individuals is not easy. Also, as an independent artist, I fund myself 100%. Therefore, I have had to learn how to operate strategically and soundly as a business. There is so much that I have had to learn, but I am thankful for it all. It is all a part of my story. This is my passion. Ministry and music lives inside of me. God gifted me, and I am forever grateful for it. Therefore, I will continue to be a good steward of my gift, and allow God to continue to open doors for me.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My current single Give God the Glory is climbing the charts. Currently, it is number 64 on the Nielsen BDS charts. Seeing my name on the charts with artists that I have looked up to is surreal. I am currently focusing on gaining exposure through live performances, as well as getting more spins on the radio. The support I have had thus far is overwhelming, and I believe that the best is yet to come! I am also working on another project. I have a few songs that I am developing now and plan to release a new single at the beginning of next year. I hope to be nominated for a Stellar Award in the future. Aside from being an artist, I am also a husband and father. I have 3 children, Saniya, Mikaela, and Marcus Jordan, Jr. As mentioned earlier, I am the Pastor of St. Paul MBC. I also serve as the Minister of Music at Outreach Missionary Baptist Church and am a local Law Enforcement Officer. Lastly, my strongest desire is that God gets the glory out of my life. I am a willing vessel, and I am excited about the plans that He has for my future.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
One of my fondest memories is me convincing my mom that I could play the piano, although I had never received any training or lessons. I was seven years old, and I kept telling her that I could play, and asking her if I could start playing during church. Remember, my dad was the Pastor. After a few Sundays of begging and pleading with her to let me play, she finally told me to go ahead, but warned me that if I couldn’t actually play, I would get in trouble. To her surprise, I was able to play. She immediately began thanking God, because she realized that He had gifted me. I then became the musician for our church. This is one of my fondest memories, because it is the beginning of my musical journey. It is also a reminder of how God chose to gift me. I don’t know why He chose me, but He did. I owe Him my praise.
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