Newly crowned winner of The Voice 9, Jordan Smith, told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview, that his debut album will be coming out sooner rather than later.
And the pop singer won’t be taking a long break from the charts if he has any say in it. Along with having a compilation album out now, Smith says fans can expect to see new music from him “pretty early” in 2016. “Thing are going to move very quickly,” he explains of putting out an album. “I’m very, very adamant about getting my music out there as quickly as possible and the label is with me in that effort.”
Early 2016 would be a pretty quick turnaround for Republic Records. Jordan could probably make a mint recording something along the lines of “The Greatest Inspirational Ballads of all Time.” It would be tempting for the label to go an inexpensive covers route with the singer. Jordan has referred to himself as a songwriter in interviews. He talks like an artist who has ideas and a plan. Will the label allow him to co-write material? Would they be willing to invest in songwriting partners to work with the singer? Or will Republic take the easier and less expensive path?
When EW asked what he’d like his album to sound like, Jordan answered he wants to make music that “inspires” people:
When the time comes I think I’ll know the answer to that exactly in my heart but right now I just want to make an album that inspires people. I want to combine the power of instrumental music, because sometimes you just hear music that’s so beautiful, it just moves you, and there’s some times you hear lyrics that are so powerful they bring you to another place or they bring you back to another time in your life or they remind you of someone or something. I want to combine the power of that and make a really killer album, but I want to make an album people relate to. I want to make an album that really is all about connecting with people.
Republic Records tweeted a photo of Jordan at their New York City offices:
— Republic Records (@RepublicRecords) December 18, 2015
In other news, Jordan revealed to EW that his coach, Adam Levine, chose “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” as his holiday song for the competition. Initially, Jordan wanted to sing “Bohemian Rhapsody” for the semifinal round, but ultimately decided on Queen’s “Somebody to Love” instead. Jesse J’s “Who You Are” was his least favorite performance, due to feeling “vocally fatigued” that week. He was a wee bit jealous of Jeffery Austin for nabbing Tori Kelly as a duet partner. Jordan loves her.