Jordy Searcy’s music lends itself well to summer listening. While the range of songs moves from upbeat acoustic pop to introspective ballads, the ultimate result leaves you wanting to drive through long stretches of road with the windows down.
Like the changes of musical styles in his debut EP Seasons, Jordy Searcy’s life has also taken a few turns over the last several years. We talked with the 22-year-old singer/songwriter about his musical beginnings, songwriting and life after his stint on NBC’s The Voice.
Weld: You had an EP called “Seasons” come out last fall, and you talk about how the songs represented certain transitions in your life. Can you talk more about that?
Jordy Searcy: I went to school for a few years, and I was on the show The Voice. I have always done music, but after all that, I launched my professional career and put out my first sampling of tunes. I released it when I was 21 with the songs being written from age 18 to 21. A lot of people would say that period is pretty transitional from being a kid to becoming an adult. The songs reflect that, but it’s also about going from a college student to a full-time musician and all the things that come along with that.
I’m definitely feeling those transitions as we all are at some point. With the sound of the songs, there are a lot of things being tried out in that EP. Not necessarily experimental, but a range of songs that I’ve put out. By the end of the EP, I feel like I’ve found the sound I’m going for, especially in the last track.
Weld: You’re from Fairhope originally. Are you still based there or have you moved elsewhere?
Searcy: I live in Nashville now. My family lives in Fairhope. I grew up in Louisiana and lived in Fairhope from middle school on. It’s near Gulf Shores and close to the beach. I moved to Nashville about eight months ago.
Weld: How are you liking it there?
Searcy: I really like Nashville. It’s a challenge community to be in, but that’s a good thing. It’s also very encouraging with people looking out for everybody.
Weld: Nashville is a big cowriting town for singer-songwriters. Are you delving into that or just sticking with your material for now?
Searcy: I write a lot, and I write more by myself. But I do co-write two to three times per week whenever I’m not on tour. I also love helping other artists find the songs that they want to sing. That’s something I’m really excited about as far as cowriting goes.
Weld: Going back to your roots for a minute, how did being in Fairhope influence your music?
Searcy: I grew up by the ocean and did a lot of fishing and sailing. That led me to listening to singer/songwriters like Jack Johnson and John Mayer. Those early 2000s singer-songwriters influenced my sound as well as being in a really chill town. My family also plays music. My dad is a worship leader, and my mom is a vocal coach. My brother and my sister also sing and write, so my family is definitely my biggest musical influence.
Weld: How did you get on The Voice, and what was that experience like?
Searcy: I never thought I would be the guy who would try out for those type of shows, but they saw a video of mine on YouTube. They actually scout out about half the people on the show, so they called me in for a preliminary audition. I made it through as well as a few other rounds of elimination. Then they invited me out to the blind audition. They flew everyone out, and I got to hang out in a hotel for a few months with some awesome musicians. I was on Team Pharrell, and he’s a great musician and person. All in all, it was a great experience.
Weld: One of your performances on The Voice was Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.” That’s a little left of the dial for a pop music show; what made you select that song?
Searcy: They can only have songs on the show that have been cleared by the artists and labels, so there was a limited selection. That was a song I had put high on my list to sing for the blind audition. The producers picked from my list and selected that song, so I was excited. It’s definitely a different song because of the setting of the show. Bon Iver was one of the weirder artists to feature on there. Singing it on the show was a really cool experience, and I got to tweak the arrangement a little bit.
Weld: What’s next for you?
Searcy: Right now is touring and writing. After releasing my first EP, it was nice to see people’s reaction to my music and where I fit in artistically. Right now, I’m writing the best songs that I can and playing as many shows as I can. All the while developing and building a fan base. We play mostly in the Southeast, but we’re in Texas right now. We play two and a half weeks out of every month. Basically playing for people and meeting others in the community who have heard my music.
Jordy Searcy will play at Birmingham’s The Common House on Friday, June 10. Local singer/songwriter Matt Sanderlin will open. Admission is $5. There are a limited number of seats and attendees must purchase tickets in advance to receive the address. Tickets are available here.