Marc Jordan at the Newmarket Theatre - March 24, 2007
Photo by Charles Kaiser
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York|
|Genres||Rock, Jazz fusion|
|Occupations||Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Actor|
|Labels||Warner Bros. Records, RCA, EMI/Blue Note, CBS Records|
|Associated acts||Lunch at Allen's|
Marc Wallace Jordan (born 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, 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.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Canadian singer Charles Jordan, Marc 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, first 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 titles including "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 and called Blue Desert was released 1980. This recording is 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. In 1993, Jordan was signed to EMI/Blue Note. His albums Reckless Valentine, Cool Jam Black Earth, This Is How Men Cry, and Make Believe Ballroom were much more jazz-oriented. Many of his older recordings have also been re-released.
Currently, he performs with Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church and Ian Thomas in the group Lunch At Allen's. 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.
He 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 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.
|1980||Live at El Mocambo||—|
|1983||A Hole in the Wall||—|
|1987||Talking Through Pictures||—|
|1990||C.O.W. (Conserve Our World)||76|
|1996||Cool Jam Black Earth||—|
|1999||Marc Jordan Live Now and Then||—|
|This Is How Men Cry||—|
|2002||Living in Marina del Rey and Other Stories||—|
|2004||Make Believe Ballroom||—|
|2009||Norm Amadio and Friends (collective)||—|
|2010||Crucifix In Dreamland||—|
|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, New York"||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|
|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:
- Official site
- Lunch at Allen's Official Site
- Marc Jordan - JAM! Pop Encyclopedia bio
- Featured Member page (SOCAN)