Growing up in Palm Beach, Florida, Jordan was constantly surrounded by music. From an early age, the desire of his heart was to sing, and that is exactly what has transpired. Leading worship in various churches gave Jordan the assurance that this was the direction he was to pursue. Jordan’s family had a great impact on his desire to pursue music. “I came from a family of great singers and musicians, my mother Debby, and my older sister Jenee are both fabulous singers. I credit them for really helping to encourage and train me from a very young age. I also grew up watching an incredible group called Truth. The group was literally in my blood as my uncle, Roger Breland, was the group’s founder. From the time I could speak, I was trying to emulate those incredibly talented voices. I sang in praise teams as soon as they would take me, probably around 12 years old. I took voice lessons and I sang to the top of my lungs, whether in the shower or in the car. I was always practicing and emulating these other singers because singing was my first true love.”
After a year of study at Liberty University, Jordan found himself living in Manhattan, studying musical theatre and acting at Circle in the Square, where he trained and performed at the prestigious Gershwin Theatre. He would go on to audition for musicals and receive an offer for a role in the current Broadway play, “Rock of Ages”. He recalls, “I was incredibly nervous walking in to the audition. It was only my second audition for a show of this magnitude. I sang Journey’s song “Faithfully” and I remember walking out thinking ‘man I kinda blew that one.’ Much to my surprise I got a callback and was all but assured a spot on Broadway. Then the show went on hiatus for a few years (lack of funding), so naturally, I was pretty crushed. I thought that was my shot. Yet, there was a peace in my heart about the situation. I discovered that musical theatre wasn’t where I was supposed to be.” The University of Mobile was the next step in Jordan’s journey, studying Worship Ministry and performing around the country with premier vocal groups, Voices of Mobile and Shofar. Upon graduation, one of Jordan’s dreams came full circle, when he was privileged to sing 1st tenor on the vocal line for the Truth 40th Anniversary Tour.
Although Jordan is trained in many styles of vocal performance including classical, musical theater, and pop, the style he tends to lean on most as a vocalist in Veritas is his rock style. Jordan confesses that “while some songs in Veritas’ repertoire require a legit classical sound, many songs benefit greatly from the texture that a rock-style voice can bring to the table.” He jokes that, “I like to draw some inspiration from my inner Freddie Mercury, Bon Jovi, and Steve Perry…guys who are legends in my book. I just love the mix that happens when classical voices meet pop and rock. It makes for a mind blowing experience for us on stage, and it seems like our fans are enjoying it as well!”
“Singing with Veritas has been a surreal, and almost inexpressible, amazing experience. To be able to do what you love is such a blessing. I am honored to be sharing the platform with my friends, who just happen to be some of the most talented men in music today. I thank God every day for giving me the ability to do what I do…I don’t ever want to take it for granted.”
Jordan currently lives in Atlanta with his wife Crystal and their two dogs, Marty and Daphne. “Funny story…on our first date I told Crystal that I wanted to pursue vocal performance as my career (I was still just a college student at the time). She laughed and said I was ‘livin on a dream.’ On our second date, I played her a cell phone recording that I had of myself singing “We Are The Champions”. She kind of giggled/cried and said ‘oh, I get it now.’ Ever since that day, she’s been my biggest supporter. We still look back and laugh at ‘livin on a dream’!” On May 19th, 2015, Jordan and Crystal welcomed their first little girl, Olivia Lane Johnson, into the world. Their very first “Veritot”!