Darryl Jordan, singer-songwriter, pianist, minister, educator wants to put the “gospel” back in gospel music, but with a sound that hits to the core of the soul! Fusing the drive of contemporary gospel with the backbeat of soul, he shares God-given original music that transforms real life with real faith.
Raised through the Soul/R&B/Jazz/Black Gospel traditions of Baltimore City including watching his famous cousins, the Royalettes, Darryl learned the power of music. From listening to Motown at home, to hearing his church choir singing the music of Walter Hawkins, being immersed in the music of the Beatles and John Coltrane at private high school, to being inspired by the music of Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder and John Legend, Darryl has always lived a life of fusion. The music that flows through him brings together these different sounds with a message that is clear: God is a barrier breaker!
From being the “wild child” growing up who always got into trouble to, by the age of 12 directing his church youth choir, Darryl is a living testimony that God uses the “foolish things of this world to confound the wise (1 Cor. 1:27)!” Every struggle in his life would say that he shouldn’t have made it, but there is always a greater plan. This plan led him to NYC to hone his musical gift, inspired him to give this gift back through educating young people in public schools, and challenged him to share his gift as a worship leader and minister. All along, another message became clear: God treasures the things we tend to throw away!
Darryl seeks to sing these messages to the world showing a gospel that is about more than just praising and receiving blessings. God cares about our prosperity, but He also cares about our quiet fear of serving others, our laughter at a good joke, our frustration with systemic injustice, our joy over a beautiful sunset, and that little known secret that we really want to have faith in something bigger than ourselves.
Take a listen, and be transformed by gospel soul!