Here at The Lowdown, we love introducing our readers to new, up and coming talent that we highly recommend checking out! In this particular article, we introduce you to Jordan Rawling, a Belfast-based singer and song-writer, who has recently released his exceptional debut single, titled 'Afterlight.'
Prior to releasing his debut single, he released various covers of popular tracks on his official Instagram account, covering artists such as Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi and Olivia Rodrigo, which generated a lot of attention.
The poignant release of his debut single is an incredibly emotional track, but he described 'Afterlight' as being 'about me battling through mental health problems, but having someone in my life to steer me in the right direction and help me see the light.' Never has this track been more timely, with the various lockdowns taking their toll. Social interaction has been more important than ever before.
We had the chance to speak with Jordan Rawling about his debut single 'Afterlight,' who he derives musical inspiration from, how he first got into music, and more. Keep reading to check out what he had to say!
You've recently released your debut single, titled 'Afterlight.' What has it been like for you to get your own music released?
"Honestly, I have had my foot on the gas pedal with this release for the past few months, so I haven't given myself a second to truly appreciate or reflect on how big of a deal this is for me. Once 'Afterlight' is out, I will take a short break to look back on the whole process. From initially writing this song, all the way to getting it radio ready, the process has been incredibly rewarding and exhilarating. I'm excited to start all over with the second release!"
For anyone who hasn't heard the song yet, can you sum it up in a couple of words?
"Meaningful and uplifting."
What is the meaning behind the single?
"The song is very personal to me - it is about battling with my mental health, but having a special partner to help me see the light. This is a message which will resonate with listeners now more than ever, with lockdown taking a significant toll on many people's mental health. I hope that my lyrics will encourage partners to be more appreciative of one another. It is my goal to spread this message to as many people as possible."
Who do you derive your musical inspiration from?
"Locally, JC Stewart, Picture This and Dermot Kennedy are huge inspirations of mine. They have given me confidence in pursuing my dreams of making it as a musician. If they can make it, then maybe I can too, by putting 100% into it.
More cliché of an upcoming male singer, big names such as Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi, Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes have influenced my musical style. Despite this, I try to put a high flavour of originality into my songs. I'm slowly starting to discover my sound!"
How did you first get into music?
"Music has always played a role in my life. From the age of ten, I picked up a guitar and it hasn't left my hand since! It had always been an active hobby of mine until the start of lockdown in 2020. Lockdown forced me to ask myself what I want out of this one life that I have been blessed with. The answer? To be a successful musician and share my songs with the world. Ever since this thought entered my mind, I set up my Instagram account and began writing songs, which brings us to today, a year later. I've managed to stack up a strong following on social media and then released my first single!"
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2021 that you can tell us about?
"My main focus during the past three months has been making 'Afterlight' the best project possible. I'm very proud of how it has turned out! For the rest of the year, I'll continue to write songs, busk in Belfast every week and play at bars. I'm aiming to release my next single by October, so stay tuned for that!"
Finally, do you have a message for all those who support you?
"Thank you! The music industry is a tough gig and my success relies entirely upon people supporting me and listening to my music. To anyone who has streamed/continues to stream 'Afterlight,' I appreciate you! I also encourage listeners to message me on Instagram and let me know what they think. I reply to every message!"
'Afterlight' is out now. The single can be bought from iTunes by clicking here and streamed on Spotify here, along with being available to purchase and stream through other responsible music purchasing and streaming outlets.
By Rachel Dempster