With songs such as “The King is Alive” and “Jesus is Coming Back,” singer-songwriter Jordan Feliz wants to encourage listeners to rejoice in Christ’s redemptive power as they anticipate His return.
Looking back through the years, Feliz says he remains greatly moved by the testimonies of God at work throughout his musical journey and is reminded of the winding path that led him to where he is today.
“My prayer before I go on stage is, ‘Lord, let these people be focused on only You through these words,'” Feliz told The Alabama Baptist. “Ultimately, the ability for that to happen through a song that’s written is incredible and so powerful, knowing that these songs can prove to people that Jesus can heal the brokenhearted and that He is the answer for those who are struggling and searching.
“I grew up in the church, but I didn’t really understand my walk with Christ until I was in high school,” Feliz said. “I started writing songs my freshman year when I picked up the guitar and taught myself how to play. Through songwriting, I had this amazing moment of feeling like God was calling me to sing and write music for the Church.”
Although Feliz initially began his music career in a mainstream rock band, he remained faithful to his calling to reach people for Christ.
“My senior year of high school, my friends and I started a heavy metal band with the purpose of being a light in the darkness,” Feliz said. “We really wanted to go out and introduce people to Jesus. In that band I kept the same desire that is still in my heart today — to go out and love people.”
While this genre provided Feliz with a unique platform and opportunities to share his faith, he soon realized the Lord was directing him another way.
“When the band broke up, God pushed me into a different direction when a worship pastor in my hometown reached out to me and invited me to lead worship,” Feliz said. “It was during this time that I really fell in love with leading worship. During that prayerful time of seeking God’s will, I really felt like God was opening this door to pursue music in Nashville.”
In 2015, Feliz released his debut album, “Beloved,” with Centricity Music, which captured the attention of audiences across the country with heart-stirring lyrics.
“The title track on that album was written specifically for my daughter,” Feliz said. “When my wife was pregnant, I was sitting in a room with two other fathers, and we were discussing what this world would tell our daughters. It was a compiled list of negative things that kept growing.
“As I was thinking about all these things, it inspired me to write a song letting my daughter know that she is not only loved by her parents but by the Savior of the world more than anything. Now being a father myself, I’ve gained a whole new perspective on God’s love for His children, His beloved. The song has taken new shape knowing the depths of the Father’s love.”
Sharing the Savior’s love
Since then, Feliz has turned the song into a heartwarming children’s book of the same name designed to help young children to find their value and identity in Christ.
While making an impressive entrance into the Christian music industry back in 2015, his first single, “The River,” quickly raced up the charts and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian radio chart.
In 2016, Feliz received the prestigious honors of New Artist of the Year at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards, and “The River” was named the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Christian Music Song of the Year.
Today, wherever Feliz performs, he desires to use his musical talents for God’s glory and focuses on leading audiences to find fulfillment in Christ. This fall he will be appearing on the “Love and Light Tour” with Colton Dixon.
“More than anything, I want people to know that they are loved by the Savior of the world. I want people to know that everything in life and the void in our hearts can only be satisfied by Jesus,” Feliz said.
“It’s an incredible thing to encourage each other along life’s journey, being broken together and worshipping God together. I’ve heard from people going through a lot of pain and loss, and I’m reminded that these songs are a lot bigger than me.”