If you haven’t heard of Canadian R&B artist, JRDN, now is a perfect time to come out from under your rock. Jordan Croucher was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and grew up between Halifax and Toronto. He has been singing since he was young and turned his passion into his career, fusing R&B with a little bit of hip-hop to create his perfect sound. In 2007, JRDN released his debut album entitled No Dress Code, produced by Classified, featuring his single “Selfish Times” which appeared as #37 on Canada’s National Top 100 on the radio. But JRDN released music before his debut album with two mixtapes entitled Bars n Hooks (volume 1 and 2) and an EP entitled Twentyfourfortyseven. On top of his album success, Jordan’s “Feelin’ Fine remix”, and “So Addicted” videos have been in rotation on both MuchMusic and MuchVibe, in addition to “Selfish Times”, “Won’t Let Go” and a collaboration with J-Bru “It’s Raining”. His talented has gotten him recognized by internationally acclaimed artists and he has gotten the opportunity to open for Ne-yo, Snoop Dogg, Rhianna, Nas, Kardinal Offishall, Young Buck, Juelz Santana, and K-OS. Aside from his music, JRDN is involved with his community by attending basketball camps, making appearances to speak to children in schools; he is a role model for children everywhere. JRDN, is back on the come-up with his heavily rotated single “U Can Have it All” (available on iTunes) which is currently #5 on MuchMusic and, he says, was inspired by a song entitled “Sugar Daddy” by The Jackson 5’s. JRDN has also released a brand new album on November 9th, 2011 entitled IamJRDN which is available in stores nation-wide and also on iTunes. Keep your eyes open, this is one artist you do not want to miss; his future is bright, just like he is.
Envy: How did you get started as an r&b artist?
JRDN: I got started by hearing a song from the album Tender love by Babyface. I learned the song and fell in love with singing right away.
Envy: Is it what you always wanted to do?
JRDN: It’s something thats been in the back of mind since then but basketball came into my life and took over for many years.
Envy: If you could listen to ONE r&b artist forever, who would it be and why?
JRDN: It would definitely be Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. I believe he is the #1 R&B singer/songwriter of all time and his music never gets old to me. Do you get compared to any other singers? Who? People tend to compare me to Trey Songz.
Envy: Being from Canada, do you find it difficult to come up in the music industry?
JRDN: Yes. There is just not enough people in our country to compete with some of the worlds major markets.
Envy: So far, what has been the best performance you’ve done, why, and where did it take place?
JRDN: The best performance I’ve had to date just passed at Sound Academy on Dec. 19th in Toronto. It was my best performance because it was the first time I got to do a full set with a live band.
Envy: For any new fans that are just discovering you, what is something you want them to know about you and/or your music?
JRDN: I would just want them to know how dedicated and passionate I am about life and my music.
Envy: Tell us something about JRDN that people WON’T be able to ‘google’.
JRDN: I love the ocean. Swimming and fishing really relax me.
Envy: What do you have in store for us in 2011?
JRDN: I will continue to promote I AM JRDN and working on an EP called Spaceshiplovemusic that i would love to release 4th quarter of this year.
Envy: Any last comments?
JRDN: yazzlebazzle peace and love