Singer makes his East Coast debut

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Up-and-coming country singer Jordan McIntosh will be featured alongside fellow Canadian artists Brett Kissell and One More Girl, as part of the Young Guns Tour at the P.E.I. Brewing Company on March 6. Doors open at 7 p.m., with music starting at 8 p.m. The licensed event is for those 19 and over. For information, call 629-2739 or email info@peibrewingcompany.com.

With every song he sings, Jordan McIntosh tries to make a genuine emotional connection with his audience.

To see it, all you need to do is watch his videos on YouTube.

Whether he’s crooning Let Me Love You, Grew Up in a Country Song or Walk Away, his performances are direct and heartfelt.

“My favourite songs are the ones I relate to the most, so I tend to sing about things I’ve experienced personally,” says the country artist from Carleton Place, Ont., who will make his Charlottetown debut at the P.E.I. Brewing Company on March 6.

His approach has had a major impact on the songs McIntosh has recorded to date, particularly That Girl, the first single from his 2014 debut CD.

It was inspired from a personal experience.

“Last year something happened in my life that was really difficult to deal with. Music is the best form of therapy, so I sat down, wrote out my feelings, called up some other writers I work with and asked for their take on it.

“It’s the most personal song I’ve ever written,” says McIntosh, who is excited about sharing it with Prince Edward Islanders when he comes to perform next month.

“I’m looking forward to playing my music and meeting some new friends. I’ve never been down east before so I’m looking forward to my first visit.”

That night, the 18-year-old will be featured as part of the Young Guns Tour, alongside fellow Canadian artists Brett Kissell and One More Girl.

“We’ll open up the show and get the party started before Brett and One More Girl hit the stage. Afterwards, we’ll watch the show for the rest of the night. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” says McIntosh, during a telephone interview.

The country artist also enjoys what happens when the house lights come back on.

“I love when people come up after a show and tell me that they really like my music and they’ve become my fans. Of course, the goal is to continue to grow your fan base, and I feel it’s going to happen on with this tour.”

Well-known in Ontario, where he has been performing in talent contests for years, he’s looking forward to extending his reach.

“I’m excited that I’ll be able to meet and play for people who don’t know who I am or others who know who I am and are just excited about coming to the show,” says McIntosh, who credits his older sister for inspiring his musical start.

“When I was younger, I was the annoying little brother and I did everything she did. So she started to sing first, and I followed her. But it turned out it was something that I was good at so I stuck with it and continued from there.”

Since graduating from high school last spring, his musical career has become fulltime. And it’s been an amazing year.

“I’ve met a lot of awesome people. I’ve also gotten to write with some new people in Nashville.

“As a new artist, everything that happens is a big deal because it’s the first time it’s happening.”

 

Sally Cole is a features writer with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at scole@theguardian.pe.ca or by phone at 629-6000, ext. 6054.

 

 

At a Glance

Up close and personal with Jordan McIntosh

- Favourite food: Fried chicken.

- Favourite mentors: Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan.

- Favourite book: Of Mice and Men.

- Favourite quote: “You have to be yourself because everyone else is taken.”

- Five things to take to a desert island: Cellphone, puppy, helicopter, pilot and gas to get home.

- Advice for young people: “I keep grounded with my family and friends. They remind me of who I am. I’m from a small town and my dreams are coming true and I don’t take that for granted. I appreciate that every day.”

- Website: Go to http://jordanmcintosh.ca.

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