Women in Music: Desiree Jordan
Desiree Jordan, native of the Washington, D.C. Metro area, spent time developing her musical prowess as a member of the renowned Washington Performing Arts Society’s gospel choir, and has performed on famed stages from The John F. Kennedy Center and Zanzibar on the Waterfront in Washington, DC; to Greenhouse, Comix Theater, The Shrine, and B.B. Kings Blues Club in New York City. You can find her singles, “Misunderstood” and “You & Me,” on iTunes!
She is also a member vocalist of the revamped Roy Ayres Music Project (R.A.M.P); an American soul/jazz band of the 70’s whose music works have been sampled by R&B notables such as Erykah Badu, and Q-Tip from a Tribe Called Quest. When she is not performing with her band, Desiree is connecting with audiences in an effort to “Keep Good Music Alive!”
Q. What does it mean to be a woman in music to you?
A.To be a woman is to express the Queendom I’ve been chosen to exemplify, as an example to all of the Queens of the world. Music IS Life, and the woman brings forth and nurtures Life. To be a woman in Music is an honor and a privilege, because I can now relay the important messages I want to share with my fellow Queens, AND Kings, via the most widely-used form of connection and communication – Sounds/Vibrations!
Q. If you could give one piece of advice to a young girl who aspire to be a musician, what would you tell them?
A. Be open to receive aid, guidance, constructive criticism, etc, but remember first and foremost, YOUR voice (i.e. opinion) matters the most; don’t get lost in trying to please others, because everyone will always have THEIR vision of you, but it’s YOUR artistic vision that will propel you/your music forward.
Q. Who inspires you?
A. I am answering this question on April 21, 2016 – and just found out that my #1 musical hero, Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson), has just passed away today. I’m so deeply saddened that the world has lost such a prolific musician and entertainer, and I also feel a celebration inside of the incredible contributions he’s made to so many of our lives! Rest in Paradise, King Purple One.
Personally, Love, Peace, Positivity, and Happiness inspires me most.
Q. Any regrets in choosing the music path?
A. When you don’t believe in the music path you’re on, you will regret so much, and it can/will paralyze you. The moment I chose to believe in myself, in my voice, in my art, I stopped regretting all things pertaining to my art. Regret is such a waste of available time and can impede creativity.
Q.What makes you different from other artists?
A. I Am Desiree Jordan. There is no other Desiree Jordan in the world that looks like, sounds like, thinks like, creates like, feels like, performs like, gives like, loves like, ME. I am One-of-a-Kind. One-of-One.
Q. Who’s on your playlist right now?
A. I have Purple Wondaluv’s “The Eternal Peace EP.” Purple Wondaluv (also known as Musiq Soulchild) stepped completely outside of the neo-Soul/R&B box that the music industry has tried to keep him in, and explores being an advocate for love and fully realizing your own God-given capabilities. A PERFECT ALBUM!
Q. Describe your most embarrassing moment on stage and tell us how you learned from it.
A. As a self-proclaimed perfectionist, the most embarrassing moments on stage are when I forget the lyrics to a song… even my own songs! I’ll never forget when I was performing Donna Summer’s “I Will Survive” in college, and my mind went completely blank towards the end of the second verse, and I will forever remember what I sang:
“And so you felt like dropping in, and just expect me to be free……. I forgot the words but I’m a Diva so it’s o-k for me! Go on now go! Walk out the door!”
The audience hollered in laughter because THEY didn’t realize that I forgot the words until I mentioned it, and the way I played it off was pretty epic. In that moment I learned that the show must go on, and that it’ll only me beating myself up for forgetting a lyric or two, but if I don’t keep pressing onward, the rest of my performance will be me evaluating that one mistake, but the audience has actually already moved on from it to enjoy the rest of the show. Bottom line is, Keep Good Music Alive, and the show will go on!