We got to speak with rising pop-country artist Jordan Hobson born in raised in Cedar Rapids, IA. He has since made the great move to Nashville, Tennessee.
Inspired by artist like John Mayer, Rascal Flatts, Matchbox 20, Old Dominion and Maroon 5. “They are the artist who have influenced me not only as a writer, but also as a performer.”
We asked what was the first song he memorized word for word he said, “Well, my friends would say I’m still working on that. I almost always forget a lyric somewhere in my set, originals included. I think I’m pretty good and ad-libbing something that covers pretty well.”
“Every day in one way or another I’m practicing my craft. I’m always singing but probably spend minimally an hour every couple day’s that’s dedicated to learning a new song or refining something existing.”
He’s had the opportunity to open for some large acts while still in college. “Each one had their unique experiences, but it was funny and really encouraging that audiences would think that I was on the tour full-time. I remember saying, ‘Yo, I just came from the same class you did!’ “
We asked how he balanced his music with his other obligations and he said, “I have a new puppy now I’ve named Turquoise, so she gets most of my non-music attention as of the last month or so. I consider myself very lucky to be creative for a living! One of my hobbies is woodworking and it has developed into a skill that people have commissioned or bought some of my work, which allows me to be in control of my daily schedule.”
Outside of music his biggest hero is his dad. “My dad taught me countless lessons, often by example. I credit him for helping to mold me into the man I am today. Thankfully music came to me naturally though because that man was as tone-deaf as they come!”
We loved his perspective of the music industry currently. He said, “I look at it like it’s trail mix. Everyone from the musicians to the listeners have their own preferred mix. I do feel like there are a lot of folks just making or pushing what they hope to be the M&M’s, and repeatedly. As a listener, yeah, we like M&M’s so we’ll eat them. We don’t really like when you feed us the weird flavored ones because we’re tired of the original. Yes, we want some flavor! Give us trail mix, not cheap, repackaged knockoff’s.
If his dream could come true right now he’d perform at Super Bowl 50 halftime show with Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé. “That would be WILD.”
If he was stuck on an island the five items he’d need with him would be his dog, a hammock, a friend, a Firestarter and either Tequila, Whiskey or wine of course having all three wouldn’t be a bad option either!
When he’s not working on music you might find him cuddled up on the couch with his new puppy watching New Girl, West World, Californication or Shameless.
Currently he’s working on getting his new single out into the world to be heard as well as a music video to accompany the song and a new album.
Check out his single ‘Waiting On Last Call’