We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan White and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve always been passionate about the impact art can have. I was inspired at a young age to pursue an artistic career in hopes of helping impact the world with the art I create. I think when you start pursuing something you are passionate about, not all things make sense right away on why you do it, you just have the feeling that it’s something you need to do. Growing up it was very hard for me to get out of my shell, I was shy and afraid to speak publicly and perform. In high school, Theater helped me become who I am by allowing myself to find different parts of myself in the characters I would play. It was at that time I knew I wanted to pursue music and the performing arts.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a signer songwriter in Jane N’ The Jungle. I graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy attending both LA and NYC campuses. I was told I wasn’t cut out to be a musical theater performer. The principal said I was wasting my money pursing Musical Theater and that I would have to take writing classes in order to stay at the school. I watched all my friends be in the school plays and musicals while I had to be in writing classes. At the time I thought it was devastating, but I learned a lot from all the hours and hours I watched sitting in the audience. I sat there and got to learn what worked and didn’t work on stage and I would daydream about the performer I wanted to be. In my writing classes I got to explore songwriting and it was there that I learned guitar and started singing to my poetry. After college I became a singer songwriter and would perform in Coffee houses in Hollywood. I moved back home to Phoenix to save money to move to Nashville to pursue songwriting. While I was back home I met up with Brian Dellis after he attended one of my shows and said he wanted to start a band together. We went to kindergarten through high school together, Many years later it lead to forming Jane N’ The Jungle and to where we are today. Jane N’ The Jungle’s is a female fronted rock band from Phoenix, AZ. In 2021 we began gaining recognition with our single “Trouble” produced by Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Soundgarden) at the legendary Pearl Sound Studios in Detroit. The song and video got picked up by MTV Spankin’ New; Music Choice, Spotify’s Fierce Femmes, All New Rock and Women of Rock and earned features in Alt Press, Women That Rock, Loud Women, The Hype Magazine. Radio also caught wind of the noise with spins on Sirius XM, WRKZ, KLAQ, KCMQ, KWSS, KFMA, KDKB, KILO and KFML. Our new single “Ain’t No Other Way” recently had it’s world premiere on Matt Pinfield’s New and Approved Show on KLOS FM Los Angeles. We most recently played to a packed house at The Viper Room, had a hometown show at the Rebel Lounge and played our first festival back since the pandemic at The Phoenix Pizza Festival. We look forward to continuing to write and release music as well as get back on the road!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Brian and I really enjoy going up to DA Ranch, Page Springs Cellars and the wine tasting rooms in and around Cottonwood, AZ. You can have a nice weekend in the Verde Valley tasting all the Arizona wine and food!
The Tavern Hotel is a great place to stay on Main Street with wine tasting rooms, breweries, and restaurants all within walking distance. Jerome is about a 15 min drive away with gorgeous views and more tasting rooms and restaurants.
The art behind making wine is so fascinating. The winemakers are very inspiring when you hear them talk about the winemaking process and their passion behind it!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my family for always believing in me and encouraging me to pursue my dreams. They are my biggest supporters and I couldn’t be where I am today without them. They recognized my passion for singing at a young age and would take me to voice lessons. My parents would also take my siblings and I to broadway shows which inspired my passion for performance.
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