"When I sing, I like to look around and see people with smiles on their faces," Jordan says. "It makes me happy."
Jordan was a typical child, riding his scooter through the streets of Queensland with his friends and his big sister and listening to the music of Michael Jackson, when he entered a talent contest in the first grade and came in second. But while he didn't win the big prize, he gained something much greater and more valuable — the realization that he had found something he truly loves.
"The very first time I sang, it felt so good," he says. "I looked around the room and everyone was smiling. I thought, this is what I want to do. This is the path I want to take."
Jordan began performing locally and entering more contests, this time with better results, including winning $1,000 at a contest held by a local mall. He also began posting videos of himself singing cover songs on YouTube — initially, just so his Nana could hear him sing — but quickly built a fan base of young girls and music lovers around the world.
His video of the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah" is a goosebump blend of raw emotion and soaring melody, demonstrating a vocal skill and spiritual depth usually found in someone of far greater years. It's no surprise, then, that fans responded in droves. His YouTube videos have been viewed over ten million times, and his channel on the site has over 140,000 subscribers, making it the 7th most subscribed Australian channel of all time, and in the Top 3 all time for an Australian musical act. To put this in perspective, the number one musical act is AC/DC
Jordan has over 130,000 followers on twitter, and a fan club of devotees who call themselves the Jordaneers. He performs in Australia for crowds of up to 10,000 delighted music lovers, and as he recently prepared to come to America for his first official recording session, he earned accolades from Bonnie Fuller's Hollywood Life website, which rightfully dubbed him "the latest pride and joy of Australia."
Our friends down under have seen the hypnotic power of Jordan Jansen's talent. Now it's America's turn to catch a glimpse of this soulful, endearing 13-year-old, who's well on his way to become the next great pop sensation.
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