Marc Jordan

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Marc Jordan
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Jordan at a Canadian Film Centre Gala in 2014
Background information
Birth nameMarc Wallace Jordan
Born (1948-03-06) March 6, 1948 (age 71)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresRock, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer, actor
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1974–present
LabelsEMI/Blue Note, Warner Bros., RCA, CBS
Associated actsLunch 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, 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 "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.[1] 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.

In 1994, Jordan won a Juno Award for "Producer of the Year" (along with co-producer Steven MacKinnon) for "Waiting for a Miracle" from his Reckless Valentine album.

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.

In 2014 the Canadian Film Centre appointed Jordan as the Musical Director of its Slaight Family Music Lab.[2]

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.[3] 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.

In answer to the demand from fans worldwide – particularly in the UK, Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Japan – many of his older recordings have also been re-released and are available on Marc Jordan's website.

This is How Men Cry[edit]

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.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Marc Jordan is married to Amy Sky and they have two children together, a son, Ezra and a daughter, Zoe.

Jordan is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.[5]



Year Album CAN
1978 Mannequin 83
1979 Blue Desert 74
1980 Live at El Mocambo
1983 A Hole in the Wall
1987 Talking Through Pictures
1990 C.O.W. (Conserve Our World) 76
1993 Reckless Valentine
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
2013 On A Perfect Day


Year Single Chart Positions Album
1974 "New York Kids" singles only
"Original Sin"
"It's a Fine Line" 47
1978 "Survival" 83 Mannequin
"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
"This Independence" 27
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)
13 44
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

Writing credits[edit]

A list of artists who have performed songs written by Jordan include the following:


  1. ^ Marc Jordan,, accessed March 11, 2010.
  2. ^ Etan Vlessing (2014-03-20). "Marc Jordan Named New Music Lab Chair at Canadian Film Center". The Hollywood Reporter. Toronto. Retrieved 2019-01-08. 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.
  3. ^ Doolan, Susan (10 June 2016). "'Lunch' menu full of talented favourites". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved 13 June 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.
  4. ^ LeBlanc, Larry. Marc Jordan Makes Blue Note Debut, Billboard, December 11, 1999.
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