Girl + Guitar

Vanessa Jourdan

Heartfelt acoustic sessions with layered vocals.

Vanessa was born to sing. Her parents tell her of her first years in Texas when she would hum tunes long before she learned to talk. Now based in Orange County, California, whether she’s in the studio, at a coffee shop, in church, or in the shower, she’s still singing.

Vanessa has independently released 4 full-length CD’s and 2 EP's since 2002. In the studio, she has partnered almost exclusively with producer/engineer/all-around-amazing-musician Paul Antony on all of her projects. She has also most recently worked with producer Jeremy Borum on this project, "Girl + Guitar".

Vanessa’s powerhouse voice and emotive performances have been drawing crowds to Southern California venues since her debut album of original songs entitled “Give Me a Stage” was independently released in April of 2002. Her sophomore effort, “Wanderlust”, was released in August 2004. Her third offering, “Eternal Things”, was released in December of 2007 and songs from this album earned her and her band a Third Place award at Spirit West Coast in 2006. Her fourth independent cd, “Never Too Late”, is scheduled to be released in January of 2015, and this June release of acoustic compositions, "Girl + Guitar", is her latest.

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Never Too Late

Vanessa Jourdan

Layered vocals, acoustic foundation, spiritual and passionate soul-pop.

It started with some songwriting in South Korea in 2010. Then some fundraising with Kickstarter in 2011. Then 4 years of work, of hearbreak, of miracles, of patience... And here we finally have the culmination: "Never Too Late".

Vanessa Jourdan teams again with Paul Antony as producer and engineer on this her 4th full-length LP, released in January of 2015. This is the most mature of her works to date, with a stronger sense of melodic and lyrical hook, as well as a more deeply spiritual and passionate expression of her Christian faith than in her previous work.

For more background on Vanessa and upcoming show information, please visit her website.

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Beloved, Vol. 1

Vanessa Jourdan

A fresh and vibrant, honest and uplifting EP from a soulful singer/songwriter.

Vanessa was born to sing. Her parents tell her of her first years in Texas when she would hum tunes long before she learned to talk. She’s been a Southern California girl since she was 12, and though she has been a classically trained actress, a secondary education teacher, an English teacher in South Korea, and even a car salesperson for a brief stint, Vanessa has done all these things to support (and provide material for) her first love and greatest gift: Singing. Whether serving as a worship leader at the local church, or singing heartfelt melodies at a coffee shop, making music is Vanessa’s joy. Vanessa’s sound is dynamic, passionate, and real – much like the artist herself. Vanessa creates alt/pop with soaring vocals, and is praised most often for the depth of her lyrics and the strength of her voice. She borrows from many styles to create a sound that is uniquely her own – always open to experimentation, yet always honest. And now this singer/songwriter’s eclectic style and spirited performances have been drawing crowds to Southern California venues since her debut album of original songs entitled “Give Me a Stage” was independently released in April of 2002. The song “Mourning Blue” was given an honorable mention in the internationally recognized 2002 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Her sophomore effort, “Wanderlust”, has garnered big praise and big sales since its release in August 2004, and demonstrated the promise of a talented independent artist who puts all her heart, mind, and soul into her music. The song “Stop Crying to Me” took her all the way to the final round of the Talent Search TV competition at Opry Mills in Nashville, and the album earned her a nomination for “Best Female” at the Inland Empire Music Awards. Her third offering, “Eternal Things”, released in December of 2007 marked the beginning of a new spiritual, Christ-centered focus in her music. Songs from this album earned her and her band a Third Place award at Spirit West Coast in 2006. Like her other albums, the songs continued to cover a wide range of emotions and experiences dealing with confusion, loneliness, and loss in love, however the overarching theme is that there is a persistent, God-given hope that carries all of us through. She longs to share that hope with others. Her mission statement is to make music that touches peoples’ hearts and reveals truth about God. Her fourth independent cd is in the works, with a recently released EP entitled, “Beloved, Vol. 1”. She plans for a cd release date in spring of 2011. At her second pilgrimage to “Immerse” in 2010, both songs she submitted from the EP made it to the semifinal rounds, and she also proceeded to the semifinals for her vocal performance. Vanessa’s hope and prayer in 2011 is to be signed to a major label, and singing these songs and revealing God’s heart to people all over the world.

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Eternal Things

Vanessa Jourdan

Spiritual and soulful, ponderous and upbeat - this is the album for the Seeker and the Sage, and everyone in-between - Vanessa Jourdan captures rock, pop, and a tinge of heaven on this singer/songwriter's 3rd release.

“Vanessa Jourdan’s music is part innocent discovery and part tough wisdom – the work of a songwriter who knows the flaws of the world, but can still throw her head back and sing with the ecstasy of being in it.” - Michael Miller, Editor of Moon Tide Press

This is Vanessa's third release, and she's thrilled that it's here! Of course, she's speaking of herself now in the third person, and feels a little wierd about that, but it's understood that this is part of the business. You copy and paste someone else's glowing reviews (thank you SOOO much, Michael - I hope what you said so beautifully is true!), and pretend to be another person writing about... yourself.

Let me speak to you from the heart, though, and tell you that my prayer, my true one hope, is that this cd means something to you. That's honestly all I really care about. Ultimately, it would be wonderful to make a living making music, but there's no guarantee of that, and I've been doing this for long enough now to realize that making money making music will not bring peace or joy. Responding to our callings is what brings joy. And I believe music is my calling. Like for some people maybe surfing is a calling, but they get out in the waves at 5am because they have to be in the office at 8. Or maybe the way for some teaching children at church on Sundays is a calling. Or for some it's tending the seeds in the garden and nurturing them into a glorious display of God's creativity. It's the voice we all hear that says, "This is what I made you for," and instead of worrying about how it makes any sense, you just do it. And it is only without the worry that you find any peace.

So without trying to sound too pithy, or wise (cuz Lord knows I'm so far from any true wisdom, especially since I still think I'm so smart) this cd is the first one I've truly laid down at the feet of my Creator and said, "Whatever you wanna do with it, God. I give up trying to figure it out." I'd rather be a minister than a businesswoman, I think... though I'm probably not meant for either. Whatever the case may be, I've entitled this one "Eternal Things" because that's what I've been predominately concerned with for the last few years, and I've never felt more right with the world. Even though I know the world may not like it or understand it. Funny how that works?

I'll probably erase all of this later because I'll decide it sounded too self-important. Too unprofessional and un-rockstar-ish.

But I'm not a rock star.

So maybe I won't.

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Give Me a Stage

Vanessa Jourdan

A dynamic mix of gripping melodies and soaring vocals; you've got power pop soul at its best.

Vanessa loves to sing. Her parents tell her of infant days in Texas when she would hum tunes long before she learned to talk. She's been a Southern California girl since she was 12, and she never lost the passion for singing, or the pipes. A classically trained actress, a secondary education teacher, and even a car salesperson for a brief stint, Vanessa has always returned to her first love and greatest gift: Singing.

And now this singer/songwriter's eclectic style and spirited performances have been drawing crowds to Southern California venues since her debut release of original songs entitled "Give Me a Stage" was independently released in April of 2001. Her sophomore album, "Wanderlust", has garnered big praise and big sales since it's release in August 2004, and demonstrates the promise of a talented independent artist who puts all her heart, mind, and soul into her music. She is currently in the studio working on her third offering.

The sound is earthy, real, and soulful - much like the artist herself. Vanessa creates folk-tinged pop with soaring vocals, and is most often praised for the depth of her lyrics and the strength of her voice. She borrows from many styles to create a sound that is uniquely her own - always open to experimentation, yet always honest. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly "who she sounds like", and she considers this to be one of her greatest assets. Vanessa's lyrics cover a wide range of emotions, but her most recent tracks explore loneliness, loss in love, and the persistent, God-given hope that carries us through.

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Wanderlust

Vanessa Jourdan

Soulful, soaring vocals and smart lyrics; acoustic-driven, heartfelt melodies from this Southern California singer/songwriter.

Vanessa loves to sing. Her parents tell her of infant days in Texas when she would hum tunes long before she learned to talk. She's been a Southern California girl since she was 12, and she never lost the passion for singing, or the pipes. A classically trained actress, a secondary education teacher, and even a car salesperson for a brief stint, Vanessa has always returned to her first love and greatest gift: Singing.

And now this singer/songwriter's eclectic style and spirited performances have been drawing crowds to Southern California venues since her debut release of original songs entitled "Give Me a Stage" was independently released in April of 2001. Her sophomore album, "Wanderlust", has garnered big praise and big sales since it's release in August 2004, and demonstrates the promise of a talented independent artist who puts all her heart, mind, and soul into her music. She is currently in the studio working on her third offering.

The sound is earthy, real, and soulful - much like the artist herself. Vanessa creates folk-tinged pop with soaring vocals, and is most often praised for the depth of her lyrics and the strength of her voice. She borrows from many styles to create a sound that is uniquely her own - always open to experimentation, yet always honest. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly "who she sounds like", and she considers this to be one of her greatest assets. Vanessa's lyrics cover a wide range of emotions, but her most recent tracks explore loneliness, loss in love, and the persistent, God-given hope that carries us through.

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