Ezra Jordan, one of the contending artists on the debut season of CTV’s hit music-competition program The Launch, treated our Toronto staff to a SOCAN Session on April 17, 2018, in the Harmony Lounge.

Playing keyboards, alongside his backing band of bass, guitar, and drums, Jordan performed his original songs for a half-hour, then answered a few questions from the crowd. Offering his own unique, catchy combination of R&B, soul, funk, and pop – and alternating vocally between his compelling baritone and striking falsetto – Jordan played six songs, including the singles “Only Got Eyes for Her” and “Lonely Now.”

Answering questions, he talked about how participating in The Launch was “a crazy whirlwind” full of non-stop activity, allowing for perhaps four hours of sleep each night. Jordan discussed how he gets many of his song ideas while driving, and tends to get started on songs with either a few lines, or a full-blown concept, on which he then works. Asked what more SOCAN can do for him, he jokingly answered, “Add a few zeros on my cheques!”

Since appearing on The Launch, where the 23-year-old impressed celebrity judges Fergie and Stephan Moccio, Jordan has seen his songs collectively earn more than 600,000 streams. While his success on the TV show has been an undoubtable career boost, Jordan — the son of SOCAN member singer-songwriters Amy Sky and Marc Jordan – has been performing since the age of four.

At age of 18, he suffered a life-threatening leg injury. Forced to put a hold on his piano training during the recovery process, he turned to singing and songwriting as an outlet. Back on his feet, Jordan joined JUNO Award-nominated artist Scott Helman as his keyboard player and backup singer. He then moved to L.A. to attend the Musician’s Institute, where he focused on his solo career.

SOCAN thanks Jordan Ezra for entertaining our staff, and wishes him continued success.