Do you know how there are times in your life you will never forget – like late one night watching a comet making its pass by earth, or standing at the foot of a mountain for the very first time, or perhaps, while driving down the road in a storm, seeing a full arching rainbow that you seem to be driving under? Attending Jordan Smith’s concert at the Hobby Center in Houston, Texas on Saturday, June 4th, was one of those times and experiences for me.
The first thing I noticed when I entered the concert venue was its intimacy, seating perhaps 500 in the audience. There were no bad seats in the house. Republic Records had given me two front and center tickets about ten rows from the stage. I interviewed the fans seated near me before the concert began. They talked much about Jordan’s success since being on The Voice and his incredible vocal range. They were full of so much anticipation and so enthusiastic and positive about what they were to soon experience. They told me that I would be “blown away” by his performance.
When Jordan took the stage and started singing I was “blown away.” It was as if each song took me mentally, emotionally and spiritually to a different place from where I had been the moment before.
Jordan began by singing a soulful edition of Rhianna’s “Chandelier” which showcased his incredible vocal range. This song was followed by a Sam Smith song, “Like I Can.” His next selection was a ballad, his first single off his record “Something Beautiful.” Christina Aguilera’s song, “Beautiful,” almost brought me to tears. Other songs included, “I Lived” from onerepublic, his original song, “Seattle,” and “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” a song the fans joined him in singing. Jordon closed with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” without a microphone and the crowd went crazy. The song truly transported the crowd “over a rainbow” with its underlying infusion of hope and joy combined with a vocal range that covered the entire spectrum. Truly, a rainbow of both spirit and sound came out of his heart and mouth and spread across the stage.
Jordan entered into and sang each song with the emotion and understanding as if he were the songwriter himself. He shared the inspiration for the original songs he sang. All his songs were infused with hope. His vocal range was the most expansive I have ever heard.
Jordan talked to the crowd in between songs, not as if he were some great superstar, but as if he was everyone’s good friend simply sharing in a relaxed humble non-egotistical way. At one point he talked about the importance of expressing one’s faith and then sang “Amazing Grace.” It brought me to real tears this time because hearing the song itself was like receiving grace, simple unconditional love. The entire concert – from the encouraging fans around me, the performance, the positive messages of all the songs, and the heart of the singer – was truly a gift to all those in attendance. I am now and always will be a huge fan.
We live in an era of musical entertainment where “the show” – the huge stadium and massive crowds, the spectacle of lights, dancers, integrated technology, theatrics, smoke, sex, and egos to easily seem to take center stage instead of the song and the heart and soul of the singer. Jordan’s performance sweeps away and clears this cluttered stage and put’s the songs, the heart, and God given gift of the singer back on center stage. Thank you Jordan Smith.
Go experience Jordan. Receive a great gift. Let him take you somewhere over the rainbow and help you to experience genuine amazing grace at a concert.