pursues singing career
says winning regional
Texaco Country Showdown was a big boost
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(October 2012) For many people, birthday
music means being treated by their friends to a slightly off-key
rendition of Happy Birthday to You or being serenaded by
the wait staff at a favorite restaurant. However, for his 23rd birthday,
Jordan Bales provided his own unforgettable soundtrack by taking home
first place in the local level of the Texaco Country Showdown.
It was a good birthday, Bales said, laughing.
Bales says he was
inspired to pursue music by
his mother, Becky Bales.
Each year, more than 50,000 contestants compete across
the country at local shows for the chance to move on in a contest that
has helped spark the careers of singers such as Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley
and Miranda Lambert. Country music radio station WIKI 95.3 presented
the Madison contest, which included two preliminaries before the final
show took place Friday night of the Madison Regatta in late June. Bales
showed off his multi-instrumental talents during the finals, providing
guitar accompaniment forWhistling Dixie and getting on the
keyboard forRedneck Angel.
Bales believes that his high energy Jerry Lee Lewis inspired performance
helped get the crowd excited and cement his victory. His act set an
untouchable bar that evening since he was the first performer of the
contest to sing.
I didnt know I was the first person on the list to go,
Bales said. He had to race to put the finishing touches on his equipment
before taking the stage to impress the audience and judges.
Bales advanced to the state contest at the Indiana State Fair on Aug.
18 but did not win there.
While Bales has spent some time in front of a recording microphone,
he prefers the experience of singing live. Id rather play
in front of a live audience instead of in a dark room singing to the
walls, he says. He started off singing in the fields while working
or during horseback rides before deciding to step out of the shower
and start focusing on his music and songwriting.
Bales said he hopes to make music his full-time profession, but he hasnt
lost sight of what got him performing in the first place. He describes
his main focus as to just play out as much as we can; thats
what I want to do. The main goal is to have fun.
For the Henry County, Ky., singer, part of the fun of performing is
the fact that it allows him to travel and meet other people who are
excited about music. Indiana music lovers have come to know his songs
through the Ross Country Jamboree in Scottsburg, Ind., or by singing
along to his Running on Empty, which has been getting air
time on Scottsburgs country music radio station, I-105.3. While
playing the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally last year, Bales gained some South
Dakota fans who will be flying him to Minnesota to perform at a benefit
for children with diabetes. For those wanting to catch a show a bit
closer to home, Bales will be performing with his band Sept. 1 at Scribers
Station in Eminence, Ky., and then at Goose Creek Wicks Pizza
Bales comes from a family where his musical talents were encouraged
at a young age. His mother, Becky Bales, explains that, Music
is my passion and something I didnt really discover about myself
until I became a Christian something that God had put in me.
She made it a priority to see that her children, who were also musically
gifted, received training starting them off on piano lessons when they
were age 6 or 7. Today, Bales younger sister, Moriah, provides
background vocals in his newly formed band.
It was Bales mother who first learned about the Texaco Country
Showdown from an article she read in the RoundAbout, and then encouraged
her son to enter.
The experience in this stage of his pursuit of a musical career
seemed like a good fit, she explains. She appreciates that Bales
has the ability to write songs that are touching and thought provoking,
while others are more lighthearted and focus on simple pleasures.
It comes from a real deep place inside him she says of his
songs. Hes got a deep well in him. She continues with
a laugh saying, Sometimes he draws from the surface of the well.
While she is naturally proud of her sons recent victory, she stresses
that his performances are not about winning. To her, a first place finish
is not as important as the fact that its a genuine performance.
I always love to watch him play his music. He sings and plays
from his heart. He has a lot of passion and joy.
For more information, please visit www.jordanbalesband.com.
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