I got a beautiful write up in Making Music Magazine this month! The Rocker Moms article highlights musical moms who are finding balance between their music, their careers and their families. Thanks to Making Music Magazine for getting me involved! I feel so grateful for being selected among the other four Rockin’ Moms 🙂
“Music for me is what I do,” says Julia Jordan in a phone interview
from her home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “It’s not
just creating and performing music. It’s teaching, inspiring
others to find the music inside of them.”
Daughter of well-known jazz musician Stanley Jordan, music
has always been part of her life. At a young age, she performed
in an off-Broadway children’s theater and throughout high
school and college wrote her own material. She released the
album Urban Legacy in 2007.
Now, at age 29, Jordan heads the music company J3 Studios.
On top of that, she runs a blog for creative mothers (themusicmommy.
com) and a creative expression class for preschoolers.
She’s also co-founded the Creative Arts Initiative program in
Sierra Leone in 2010, which brings US artists to West Africa
to teach young women new avenues of expression through
Aside from this impressive résumé, Jordan is also a mother
to two-year-old Cienna and six-month-old Sekani. She calls
them her muses. “Ultimately, my kids are my greatest inspiration,”
she says. “Since they’ve been born, I’ve become more
focused and pumped about life and where my music fits in it.
I think of myself as a soul mamma! I feel like I can accomplish
Jordan’s music reflects her optimism and ambitious nature. It’s
rhythmic and soulful, always with a heartfelt message. Each of
her endeavors embody that same spirit, especially teaching. “I
think to me, teaching is like touching others and encouraging
them to find their own creative expression,” she says.
Jordan emphasizes the importance of balance. “It’s been about
finding a way to balance my family needs with my own needs,”
she says. “It takes two hands to play guitar and three to take
care of kids. Kids will always take priority, but I have to have my
own space and time to zone out and create. You do it [music]
because you have to.”