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Jordan Smith, 2015 The Voice winner, provides a key to success


Jordan Smith singing at the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Invictus Games in Florida Credit: DoDnewsfeatures/Flickr/Wikipedia/Creative Commons 2.0

You may remember Jordan Smith, he was the believer that won Season 9 of The Voice in 2015. Raised in a Christian home of pastor parents, Jordan who also served as the church’s worship leader, attended Lee University a private Christian university based in Cleveland, Tennessee.

It is interesting to note, that his success was due in part to perseverance, because he had previously auditioned for the show and been rejected.

But he was accepted the second time and his first song, Chandelier, resulted in a four chair turn by the coaches that resulted in Jordan choosing Adam Levine as coach.

During Season 9, he was the first artist from The Voice to top the iTunes pop chart when his song Great is Thy Faithfulness pushed ahead of Adele’s Hello to the number one spot. The song also placed number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on Billboard’s Christian Song chart.

His semi-final rendition of Queen’s Somebody to Love would once again send Adele’s Hello to second place on iTunes. Amazingly, it took only 30 minutes from the song’s release for this to happen.

And Jordan’s final song in the competition, and also his favourite Christmas carol, Mary Did You Know, would knock Adele’s song down to second for a third time.

Since winning the competition, Jordan has gone on to have a successful pop career having sold more songs than any previous winner of The Voice. And he did this in the mainstream music scene with the release of two pop albums and a Christmas album.

Jordan has also become a prolific songwriter with one of his songs being picked up by international pop star, Celine Dion and another as a music track for a video game.

But according to an article by the Christian Post, Jordan is returning to his Christian roots and will soon be releasing his first Christian Album with Provident Label Group/Sony Music.

It will include his latest song, Great You Are that Jordan co-wrote with Matt Armstrong and Jeff Sojka.

I particularly appreciated one quote Jordan made during his interview with the Christian Post.

Life is not perfect. It has its ups and downs. When we encounter trials and difficult times, it’s our attitude that keeps us on top.

No matter what life throws at us, Jordan said that we need to believe that God is still for us:

“He’s always faithful, He’s constant, He’s good, and He loves us unconditionally. It’s important to stop and remind ourselves of just how good He is and how faithful He is in our lives. Whenever we lay down all of those heartbreaks, all of those trials, all of those, even blessings, down to Him, it’s just refreshing. It brings new life to our spirit, and I hope that that’s what the song can do for people.”

READ: ‘The Voice’ winner Jordan Smith releases Christian music, wants people to experience the Holy Spirit 

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