DePaul moved to Nashville, TN in January of 2013, and quickly made his presence known with his mix of Folk, Country, Americana and Indie-Rock. Seeing him perform live is an unforgettable experience; yet it’s Jordan’s lyrical honesty and the yearning passion in his voice that allows listeners to quickly relate to his music.
Shawn Carnes and Matt Williams, Co-Founders of Nashville Underground Management, recognized Jordan’s universal appeal immediately.
“Matt and I saw Jordan at a showcase, and when he started playing we just looked at each other in amazement,” says Carnes. “We intuitively knew what the other was thinking: that we wanted this kid to be a part of the Nashville Underground family as soon as possible.”
DePaul fronted a band in Ohio until age 19; however, he did not realize he wanted to be a songwriter until the passing of his father. Reaching the lowest point in his life, Jordan locked himself in his bedroom for months, and poured his heart into music in a way he never imagined. Eventually, he broke through the pain and stepped out of his room with 30 new, heartfelt songs.
Although only two short albums have been recorded, the 25 year-old’s soul holds the rest of his vast potential catalogue. It is not uncommon for an audience to show up at a Jordan DePaul show and hear one or two brand new songs each time.
“I wish I could record them all right now,” DePaul says. “The songs are all dying to get out there.”
“Jordan represents everything we look for in an artist,” adds Williams. “Sure, he’s a killer performer and a great singer-songwriter; but he’s also an extremely hard worker. He’s been grinding it out alone for a while, and already has great momentum.”
This momentum led DePaul to start The Neighborhood Watch, a monthly showcase highlighting other artists in Nashville.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the two and a half years of living in Nashville, it’s there’s a huge sense of community,” says Jordan during an interview with MillennialType.com highlighting his entrepreneurial acumen. “It’s a small town; we go to each others’ shows. Everybody wants to see each other succeed.”
Another motivation for starting The Neighborhood Watch was DePaul’s love for the stage. A consummate performer, Jordan orchestrates a live show that demands attention. He is capable of delivering a full-band, arena-ready party, but also of standing alone with his guitar, emoting brilliantly raw passion. In the past two years, he has already filled staple venues in Nashville such as The Basement, Exit/In and Mercy Lounge.
Jordan has been hard at work in the studio as well. His first EP “Troubles I Had” gained quick recognition of local songwriters and producers. Yet, never one to rest, he quickly released his sophomore EP, “Live From The Henhouse,” which – according to him – contains more “desperation” than the first. He hasn’t slowed down since, and is currently working on the third EP which will be available later this year. His newest single Me + U is slated for release at the end of August.