Robert ‘Bobby J’ Jordan has a deep passion for his craft and a heart that beats for music. A child prodigy on percussion, he transitioned to soul singer and entertainer after the owner of a local tavern showcased his melodious, raspy tenor voice, and the rest is history.
The singer, instrumentalist, entertainer and bandleader is recognized today as one of the most diverse, dynamic and elite live band-cover-and-dance entertainment service providers across America. He swoons audiences with emotion-packed r&b, soul, funk, jazz, pop, standards, Motown, top 40, inspirational to gospel cover renditions. He ‘plays’ the audience —no set list, just live and engaging cover and dance entertainment. He brings to every stage a refreshing burst of energy and talent, warming even the chilliest of souls.
In 1990, after more than two decades of performances with some of the city’s top bands, Bobby J embarked on a solo singing career. He and baby brother Kevin formed a spirited 4-piece accompaniment called “The Company”. Shortly after, the band’s name changed to Stuff Like That (in honor of musical hybrid and genius Quincy Jones), with a big band old school sound, horns and background singers. Today, he brings together talented and adept players and singers to make up an awesome line-up in sound and instrumentation: keyboards, bass and lead guitars, drums, background vocals and oftentimes horns.
He’s performed for hundreds of weddings, corporate and social events; supported multiple charitable events, by donating his time in service. He’s shared stages with notables Branford Marsalis, Michael ‘Patches’ Stewart (Al Jarreau), Cyril Neville, Larry Graham, Gladys Knight, the Pointer Sisters, Kool and the Gang, Air Supply, Billy Preston, Raheem Devaughn, Ashford and Simpson, the Drifters, the Dixie Cups, Pieces of a Dream, Usher, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr., Irma Thomas, Aaron Neville and the Neville Brothers, Ali Ollie Woodson, Peabo Bryson, Michael Henderson, Bobby "Blue" Bland, D. J. Rogers, Chuck Mangione, Patti Labelle, the BarKays and Margie Joseph —honing his craft right in front of his audience. When he sings your favorite song, it sounds impassioned, personal, it speaks directly to your heart.
A 2005 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest performer, he's also a Small Business Revolution of America participant with a national video documentary produced and published, respectively, by Deluxe Corporation and Flow Nonfiction Films.
Bobby J currently resides in his hometown—New Orleans, Louisiana—with his wife Lisa. Bobby J comments: “A true star is one who can live through adversity and then sing through that same adversity. Every musical experience is a personal one to which I assign meaning and emotion. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'”.
Listen to an ultimate display of Bobby J’s vocal talent on commercially released re-make recordings Every Time You Go Away, Ain't No Woman Like My Baby, and Baby Come Back with former band Louisiana Purchase.