Jacque Jordan
  • Jacque Jordan, Senior
  • Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Jacque Jordan taught herself to play the guitar when she was in the eighth grade. Since then, her passion for music has continued to grow.

It did not take long before Jacque started writing her own songs to express her feelings.

“Emotion has to be there,” she said. “People ask me, ‘What comes first [in writing a song]?’ It depends on how you feel.”

Her songwriting and performing skills have paid off. Jacque has appeared three times at Eddie’s Attic, a celebrated performance spot in Decatur, and performed a 30-minute set of six songs at the Sandy Springs Festival last year.

Her favorite singing memory comes from her second performance at Eddie’s Attic, when she participated in a contest and came in second place. “Even though I didn’t win, the experience of being up there was enough,” she said.

A Dave Matthews Band fan who describes her singing style as “folk-indie-rock style,” Jacque said her songwriting carries through in her assignments for English class. “My teachers don’t know what I am saying because I only write in metaphors,” she said.

Her favorite class at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School is “Praise Band,” which she calls “one hour and 10 minutes of just a meaningful [performance].”

Her Praise Band teacher, Chris Moore, said Jacque’s singing reminds him of “a cross between Diana Krall and Janis Joplin.”

“Jacque is a very gifted singer and talented songwriter who expresses her thoughts and feelings so beautifully through her music,” Moore said. “We are very fortunate to have her talents at Mount Vernon.”

Apart from singing, Jacque has been an active member of the varsity basketball team at Mount Vernon during all four years she has been in high school. She has been playing since she was 6 years old, but she describes basketball as “more of a hobby.” “I love the family feel of the game,” she said.

She played club basketball, she said, but stopped in order to focus more on music.

What’s Next:

Jacque will attend Belmont University in Nashville in the fall and plans to be a religion and arts major. “Belmont allows you to make your own religion major,” she said, “which allows me to add music to my religion.”

–Felipa Schmidt