The first time I heard Jordan Ware was while preparing for a special event hosted by Bishop John and Meg Guernsey of the Anglican Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. There was such a flurry of activity as we prepared, but when Meg put on the CD for us to listen to as we worked, it filled the place with such joy and inspiration that suddenly I started to see how “work” really can be a form of worship.
Jordan is now working on a new album called Mountains and Valleys and the pieces I have heard so far have just blown my socks off.
“For the last 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of leading worship in local churches and on weekend retreats,” Jordan writes. “I love the variety of people and music that you experience in these settings.
“More often than not, I play with different musicians each time, which has taught me a lot about flexibility, and has given me the chance to lead the same songs with completely different instrumentation. Sometimes I play with a full band and other times with only a cellist and a trumpet player. Because of this, we get to experiment with building the sound from the ground up—beginning with my voice and guitar as the foundation.”
This week Jordan finished her vocal studio work and now the magic begins as the the album goes through the production process.
“The songs on this album are a mix of originals and those you might have heard before,” Jordan writes. “All of them contain the common thread of how we find the Lord as we walk through the highs and lows of our life this side of heaven. I’m a visual person, so I love how the images of scripture teach us about who God is and how he transforms us: light and darkness, the potter molding us like clay, washing away our sins, the refuge found under His wings, the valley of the shadow, and the joy of the mountaintop.”
You can also make a difference and support album project! A Kickstarter is currently underway and it’s been awesome to be able to support the making of this album from the ground up. To learn more about the Kickstarter and what you can do, click here.