Great You Are
Written by Rachael on 12th February 2021
Jordan Smith showed the world his musical gift in 2015 when he became the “Best-selling artist in the history of The Voice” and the winner of Season 9.
“I’ve been a fan since season one,” Jordan says. “So when auditions came near my school, I had to try out. We signed up the day before and drove all night to Nashville. I actually got a call back, but when I did the private audition, I never heard anything. I was a bit disappointed, but inside I thought I was meant to be a part of it. It just wasn’t the right time.”
In a “close knit town where everyone knows everyone,” Jordan found himself surrounded by music at home. He constantly sang with his family, whether harmonizing in the car with his mom or singing in the church choir. At the same time, he fell in love with the likes of gospel singer Shirley Caesar, pop songstress Sara Bareilles, the legendary Whitney Houston, and more. This diversity would inform his own sound and style.
“It’s extremely important for me to let everyone know it’s OK to be different,” he affirms. “I feel like it’s taken a long time for me to love different parts of myself. The world is hurting and searching, because we think there are flawed parts of who we are. It’s important to accept yourself and have confidence, and then you can love others.”
“Great You Are” is the pinnacle of everything Smith has ever wanted to do. “Connecting people to God just feels natural, and it feels free, and it feels easy,” he admits. “I want people to experience the Holy Spirit. I want them to be uplifted, and I want them to feel God’s love and His acceptance through my music, even if they don’t know what that is, even if they don’t understand that’s what they’re experiencing. My lifelong dream is to be able to make music for the church and to just experience heaven with people.”