Amy Sky & Marc Jordan – The law of attraction is working overtime
Some 33 years ago, Amy Sky and Marc Jordan met in Los Angeles at the home of composer and songwriter, John Capek. Sky had recently moved there, and Jordan had been living in L.A. since 1977. “We were instantly drawn to each other,” says Sky. “I thought Marc was handsome, charismatic and extremely funny. We just never seemed to run out of things to talk about.”
Jordan says that he remembers that Sky was wearing a dress from the 50s and that she looked like a movie star. As a couple, and individually, the two have written chart-topper songs for pop royalty. They were married on December 31, 1987.
Influenced by singer/songwriters of the 70s, Sky wrote her first songs at the age of 13. Reba McEntire recorded If Only, written by Sky, on her album called Just a Little Love. Olivia Newton-John, Melissa Manchester, and Cyndi Lauper have all recorded songs by Sky, as did Heart, with whom Sky wrote Voodoo Doll and Cherry Blossom Road. A backup singer for Newton-John, Anne Murray, and Ronnie Hawkins, Sky’s musical journey began in Nashville. “When I played with Ronnie in Nashville, a lot of music business people came out,” says Sky. “I got a write-up in the Tennessean, and from there, was discovered by several songwriters.”
Along with playing the piano on her latest songs, Sky also plays with a cello quartet. “Music is the portal to spirituality for me,” says Sky.
Jordan was immersed in music at a young age. His father, Charles Jordan, was a radio host, singer and cantor, “My dad loved the maritime folk songs, and those early records of Pete Seeger,” says Jordan. “It was these initial influences that helped me later on when I wrote songs such as Rhythm of My Heart for Rod Stewart.”
Initially, Jordan studied film at Brock University. He played at a number of iconic hippie coffee houses in Yorkville, including the celebrated Riverboat. He had his first hit in 1978 with Marina del Rey.
As a couple, one of their first duets was a song written by Jordan called Soul on Soul. Sky released it on her CD called Burnt By The Sun. “Right after we recorded it, Rod Stewart asked for permission to record it as a single, so we couldn’t release it as such,” says Sky. “But, it’s not too shabby when Rod Stewart covers one of your songs.”
The accolades and awards kept on coming, with Jordan winning a Juno for producer of the year (1994) for Waiting For A Miracle on the Reckless Valentine album. He won several ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) awards, and the first Canadian Smooth Jazz award for male vocalist (2005). Sky has won three SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) awards, an American Songwriting Award, a Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for best composition (2007), as well as three Juno nominations. Written by Sky and Eddie Schwartz, the song, Everything Love Is, won a Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Best Composition (2007).
Along with her music, Sky has had a successful live theatre run. As the lead in the Broadway play Blood Brothers (1996 and 1998) at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Sky played the role of Mrs. Johnstone, the mother of seven children. “The story was about a poor, working class woman, whose husband left her when she got pregnant with her sixth kid, which were twin boys,” says Sky. “She gave up one of the brothers to a wealthy woman. The twins, played by the late David Cassidy and the late Michael Burgess, grew up on different sides of the tracks, before actually meeting. It was what really launched my career.”
The Liv on Project was formed as an intimate partnership between friends, including Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Sky. Newton-John’s sister, Rona, passed away suddenly from brain cancer, and Olivia wanted to write a song for her sister’s memorial service. “She asked me to write the song with her,” says Sky. “As we wrote, we realized that there were not a lot of songs that addressed loss and grieving. One of the biggest things about going through something difficult, is feeling alone. It is very healing to know that other people are on the same journey.”
Jordan, too, has branched out in various genres. In 2010, at the age of 62, he appeared in the movie, Score: A Hockey Musical, playing the part of Newton-John’s husband. “I thought I was auditioning to do the music,” says Jordan. “But the director thought I looked like the husband – a nutty professor kind of guy. I had quite a few lines in the movie, but it was short takes, so I didn’t find it hard.”
The couple’s two children are also involved in music. Zoe Sky Jordan (28), lives in Nashville and sings, writes and plays guitar. Ezra Jordan (25), is an alt-pop, R&B singer, as well as a songwriter and piano player. “I am also grateful to have two children who are funny and creative,” says Sky. “We really get each other.”
Committed to giving back, the couple supports causes that are near and dear to their hearts. Jordan, who is dyslexic, helps with related fundraisers. Sky advocates for CAMH and the Mood Disorders Association. “I have been vocal about living with mood disorders,” says Sky. “Most notably, postpartum depression, following the birth of both my kids.”
To stay fit, the couple enjoys cycling, hiking, swimming and practicing yoga together. Retirement is not in their foreseeable plans. In fact, Jordan has a new career hosting a radio show on Jazz.FM91 called Songs I Wish I Had Written. In addition, he is the chair of the songwriting department at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre, and plays gigs with the quartet, Lunch at Allen’s.
Currently, Sky is making a new CD with her husband, who is the featured guest artist. Jordan is releasing his 16th CD called Both Sides, recorded with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. The couple is also working on a Broadway musical called Fly High – a love story between a circus performer and a rock musician who are trying to make their world a better place. “I love my life; I love my wife; I love making music,” says Jordan.