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Backstage: Douglas McLean Chats With Award-Winning Canadian Singer-Songwriter Marc Jordan

By Douglas McLean.

Douglas McLean chats in depth with Canadian singer-songwriter Marc Jordan about his latest release 'Waiting For The Sun To Rise'.

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE

A songwriter’s songwriter, Marc Jordan is best known for writing (along with John Capek) “Rhythm of My Heart,” the 1991 smash hit for Rod Stewart. Marc’s songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Diana Ross, Cher, Chicago, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Kenny Loggins, Kim Carnes and the Manhattan Transfer, to name a few.

Waiting for the Sun To Rise sees Jordan turning his gaze outward, writing from a place of weathered wisdom. “Rio Grande,” is the album’s centerpiece, and is a hymn to what’s left of the world, squandered potential and abiding hope live side by side, and a soaring solo by Grammy-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker tops off producer Lou Pomanti’s arrangement.

The stunning “Coltrane Plays the Blues” continues Jordan’s penchant for mid-century jazz references. Like his thematic cousin Paul Buchanan of the Blue Nile (whose “The Downtown Lights” is covered here), Jordan sets his stories in an after-hours netherworld populated by lonely lovers and disappointed dreamers.

Marc Jordan is a Juno Award and Genie Award winner, and in 2019 was Juno-nominated for his last album Both Sides. He is married to singer-songwriter Amy Sky, and in 2022, the duo recorded an album of duets entitled He Sang She Sang.

Talking about the process and people involved in the making of the album, Marc says, "This was my first project in the era of COVID so there were challenges getting people together to cut tracks and just do the usual hang as tracks are going down...which has been my process for many years. That said, it's always interesting to shake it up now and then and I think the music somehow had more urgency as a result — so I'd firstly like to thank all the musicians who played on this record, and a special thank-you to Randy Brecker, who took time out of his busy schedule to do what only he can do. A special thank-you to my longtime collaborators John Capek and Steve MacKinnon. To my great manager, Tom Berry, for his wise counsel, and to Geoff Kulawik and everyone over at True North Records for their help. Thanks to Marc Lostracco for the cover art and design; to Vic Florencia for his superb mixes; and Harry Hess for mastering. Thanks also to Ezra Jordan for his input and amazing background vocals…you always do the unexpected and make it work. To Kim Nelles for everything you do. Thanks to my producer, Lou Pomanti, who engineered, arranged, sang, argued for what he wanted, co-wrote some of the pieces, and engineered big parts of this recording. To my wife, Amy Sky, who always tells me what she really thinks, and that is the greatest gift of all."


Rio Grande Intro / Frontier

Rio Grande

Bad Time To Say Goodbye

Cradle To the Grave

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

You can listen to the entire interview and musicHERE


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