- According to Jordan, God used this time to draw near to him, to soften his heart to the struggles, pain, and hardship others are walking through every day.
Jordan St. Cyr is a husband, father of four, singer, songwriter, and storyteller. Growing up in a Christian home in a small town in Manitoba, Canada, he says he had little exposure to pain and suffering until about three years ago. His youngest daughter was born with a serious brain condition that would require Jordan and his wife to be in and out of hospitals and emergency rooms for the better part of a year.
According to Jordan, God used this time to draw near to him, to soften his heart to the struggles, pain, and hardship others are walking through every day. He says about his songwriting, discipleship, and growth, “I think right now, for me, if there’s not a sense of compassion in it, I don’t see it being very fruitful.” He goes on, “We are here for people in such a deep way. And I think when we gain that sense as worship leaders, we are here for others the way Jesus was here for us.” Jordan also finds it important to surround himself with people who do not believe the way he believes. “God is going to use that to grind, you know, and refine our hearts and really create a desire to love people for where they’re at and not change them.”
Having recently moved from Canada to Tennessee, Jordan and his family see things differently. “We want to see Him more in our lives, and in the lives of our kids. So when we see a need, we’re trying to really, just practically, act out our faith.” This paradigm is reflected in his music. Jordan’s latest release is his first full-length album with Seattle-based BEC Recordings. The self-titled album features Fires and Weary Traveler; songs written for these uncertain times.
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I don’t, I don’t reconcile it. There’s a tension that sits so deep in my heart that I’m so aware of. There’s money involved, business involved, there’s- I mean, at the end of the day, I feel the advice given to me by people who are much smarter than me is Jordan, if you’re feeling some way about something, give it away.
And if you’re feeling another way about this one, make it about the people you serve. I’ve always said that, you know, there’s a stage and you’ve got, you know, a congregation of people. My job is to decrease that space between the stage and the people. And I think by having that mindset, it kind of works things out. But at the end of the day, there’s a tension in my heart where if Jesus were here, would He just flip the tables?
Would he go to the merch table and flip the T-shirt table? You know what I mean? And I think part of me understands that, you know, money doesn’t solve problems, Jesus solves problems. So at the end of the day, okay, God, just keep my heart keep my heart in a safe place. I know there’s impurities in there. I know I’m going to get it wrong.
And I know this industry is not perfect, but I think it’s important that we kind of dip in, get the work done. And when Jesus is saying, Jordan, hey, I’m over here, come follow me. That I- that I follow him.
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Husband. Father of two boys and two girls. Singer. Songwriter. Storyteller. Sharer of God’s Word. It was when Jordan St. Cyr was a teen and served with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) that he found the inspiration to pursue music as a career. He eventually released an EP, and in the years that have followed, he has released more music and has received numerous life-changing opportunities to work alongside many talented songwriters, producers, and artists, all of whom have encouraged him along his journey. From playing numerous events of all sizes and meeting people from many different walks of life, humanity’s deep desire for meaningful connection has been revealed to him and the hope to find something more vibrant than our current reality.