Fair Trade Services announces Jordan Janzen as the newest member to join its family of artists. Additionally, his first single debuted Friday: "You Can Let Go." Click here to listen.
While "You Can Let Go" is his solo debut with the label, music has always been a part of Janzen's life. The Canadian singer-songwriter learned to play music as naturally as it was to walk and talk. It is thanks to his parents, who were part of the Christian rock band Sojourner and instilled in him a love of music. By the time he was 7, he was playing drums with their worship team. Gifted with an ear for music, he soon started leading worship for his youth group.
“For me,” Janzen says, “music and worship are intertwined. It’s a connection to our relationship with God.”
This innate understanding of music, combined with a lifelong love for God, shows up in “You Can Let Go,” a heart-driven pop ballad that gives the listener permission to let go of past regrets, secrets, and all the things that can be so difficult to release.
“People need Jesus more than ever,” Janzen says. “The God of love and comfort is the God that’s going to draw us in. He loves us just as we are. We don’t have to do it on our own. We can let go.”
"You Can Let Go" may be his first solo song, but Janzen is no stranger to touring and music. After he entered a local singing competition at 17, he and a group of bandmates went on a six-week tour across Canada with Amanda Cook, igniting a fire to do music ministry full-time. He then became part of the band The Color, spending the next decade building the skills and fanbase that equipped him to be where he is today.
James Rueger, A&R for Fair Trade Services, shares, “We are so excited to partner with Jordan. I have loved seeing his commitment and passion for what the Lord is doing in his life. 'You Can Let Go' feels like a perfect song to begin a new chapter for Jordan, and I can’t wait to see how God is going to use the song!”
Going solo after being part of a band for so many years has unlocked a new level of vulnerability within Janzen. For the first time, he began allowing pieces of his own experience, his own struggles and questions, and doubts, into the songs he was writing.
“There’s a new, deeper honesty to my songs that make them a place of safety,” Janzen says. “That’s what I want when people hear my music, to know they can connect with a God of safety and comfort.”
His goal for the future is to write more songs from the deep well of his heart, songs designed to usher people in to the assurance of God’s wide-open love: “It’s so amazing to use my creative gifting to leave a mark. As long as that’s happening, I’ll keep doing it.”