Jordan Davis opens up about Faith, Family and upcoming ‘Buy Dirt’ EP
After his feature film debut, State of origin in 2018, country artist Jordan Davis released an eponymous EP on May 22, 2020 – just weeks after the start of a global pandemic.
Building on the momentum of the debut single “Singles You Up” and the 2018 hit “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot”, her 2020 track “Almost Maybes” and a feature film on “The Ride” from the collaborative album by Hailey Whitter, Living the dream turned out to be a positive next step in his art. However, the forced hiatus from the pandemic has led the Louisiana native to change his perspective on who he is and the type of music he wants to make.
His second track, “Church In A Chevy” from his 2020 EP, was a first step in his thought process. Growing up in the church, Davis discusses the process of finding new versions of this similar shrine in college and through advancing adulthood. After COVID-19 effectively closed the doors to the church, the artist began receiving messages about those who were stuck at home or who had previously moved away from the church who after listening , felt they could still talk to God in their own way.
“When [quarantine] I started off first, had to revisit my priorities, and had to answer tough questions like “Is this music?” And the tour and all that, “Does it come before you being a husband, and now you’re a daddy?” And I didn’t like the answers, ”he said in an interview with Apple Music Country host Faith Radio and Lady A member Hillary Scott.
“And so, I took a few months just to enjoy being home, to stop thinking about Jordan Davis, the guy who sings songs. And I fell in love with writing songs, songs that I hadn’t listened to in a long time.
The result is his next EP, Buy Dirt. The eight-track collection, slated for May 21, includes his current Top 10 single, “Almost Maybes,” as well as previously released “Need to Not”. Written at home, surrounded by his family, this project allowed the artist to refocus his writing for a truly authentic exhibition of his art.
Time spent off the road meant Davis was there for more of his children day to day. Some of his highlights this year were things he would have missed under normal circumstances, like his daughter’s progression from crawling to her first steps. He also saw her eating solid foods for the first time. He remembers: “I was at the table with her. And that’s when I stopped and looked at my calendar and thought, ‘I would have been in Arizona tonight. I wouldn’t have been here. ”
It was certainly a transition at home as his wife continued to play her typical role. The artist says, “It’s my thing that I tell new dads – a mom and a child are just a special thing. It is something more beautiful to watch. But for the first six months, I was just like, ‘Well, you want me to watch this? Is there anything I can do here? This kid doesn’t want nothing to do with me. ”
He continues, “So the highlight for me was the day I got home and she just sprinted out the door, smiled, took her whole face and she just ran into my kneecap. And I was like, ‘This was the coolest thing that ever happened to me in my whole life.’ ‘
Listen to Jordan Davis’ full conversation with Hillary Scott on Apple Music Country Faith Radio, here. Pre-record his next EP, Buy Dirt, before May 21.