Nineteen-year-old Georgia native Jordan Rager has had a massive amount of success for his age. Jordan is nationally known for his appearance on NBC’s The Voice during season two. He was selected by Team Blake who describes Jordan as a “sure fire country star in the makin’.”
Also, in 2012, Jordan released his album, Burning Gasoline, which featured twelve original songs. His influences range from Jason Aldean and Alan Jackson to AC/DC. Rager is a remarkable songwriter and lyric genius who has shared the stage with artists like Kip Moore, Gretchen Wilson and David Allen Coe. If this is what we see at only 19 years old, I can only imagine how massive this young man will be in the future.
At what age did you know you wanted to pursue music?
I’ve sang for as long as I can remember in church and I was 14 the first time I sang somewhere that wasn’t our church, but I think for me, it was when I was 17 and on The Voice.
How did you hear about The Voice auditions?
Someone in the casting office found me online and contacted me about doing an audition for the producers, which basically means I got to skip the first round of auditions. I heard about that on the way back from Nashville in late July 2011. That was the point when I decided to give the music thing everything I’ve got.
What was it like the very first time you performed for the coaches?
I was nervous while I was standing backstage waiting to go on but once I got on stage it was just like I was playing a show back home in Georgia. Then Blake turned his chair and I was reminded that I was there for more than the usual tips and requests. That was a great feeling.
What was going through your head when you got eliminated?
Honestly, the time I actually had on TV all went by in a blur so I don’t remember what I was thinking exactly. I know I was upset that the whole experience was over, but I also knew that The Voice had given me national exposure, and it was time to take my music to the next step when I got back home from LA.
Has the experience taught you anything?
It taught me that the only thing that can stop you from doing what you wanna do is yourself. Don’t let anyone, no matter who they are, discourage you from your dreams. Things get tough, get tough and get through it no matter what it takes.
What projects are you currently working on? Can we expect to hear more from you?
My CD, Burning Gasoline, is on iTunes right now and also available at any of my live shows. I’m also working on my next CD right now that should be released sometime this summer. I’m writing new songs all the time, I’m still playing shows every weekend out of the year, and I’m starting my first full blown tour this fall when I hit the road with Lauren-Ashley and the Tyler Hammond Band on the Southern Throwdown College Tour.
What would you like the world to know about Jordan Rager?
I’m not slowing down, and I’m not gonna stop, and I hope yall can come see a show soon! Y’all can follow me on Twitter, find me on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, and my website. All of these sites are run by me, and I’m the one answering all the comments and questions. I love talking to y’all so hit me up! I’ll see y’all on the road soon!
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.