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Amy Sky & Marc Jordan – The law of attraction is working overtime

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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.”

Massey Hall, 2016; Linda Marie Stella Photography
Massey Hall, 2016; Linda Marie Stella Photography

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.”

Amy Sky Twilight Rose; Linda Marie Stella Photography
Amy Sky Twilight Rose; Linda Marie Stella Photography

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.”

Amy Sky, Zoe Sky Jordan and Ezra Jordan, Koerner Hall, 2017; Linda Marie Stella Photography
Amy Sky, Zoe Sky Jordan and Ezra Jordan, Koerner Hall, 2017; Linda Marie Stella Photography

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.”

Linda Marie Stella Photography
Linda Marie Stella Photography

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.”

Linda Marie Stella Photography
Linda Marie Stella Photography

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.”

Marc and Amy, 1997
Marc and Amy, 1997

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.”

Prague, 2014; Photo, Paul Eves
Prague, 2014; Photo, Paul Eves

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.


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Renovators’ Remix: A playlist that pays off

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Renovators’ Remix: A playlist that pays off

We’re still accepting suggestions for our contest seeking out song titles and band names that relate to construction and homebuilding. We’ve already had some great ones including Handy by Weird Al Yankovic (thanks Anne Butler, of Master Edge Homes), Up On the Roof by the Drifters (from Blondie Neff of Sunshine Roofing – of course!), and Hard Hat and a Hammer by Alan Jackson (one of several suggestions from Jax Bailey of J. Bailey and Sons New Homes & Renovations).

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Do you have any additions to the list? Send us your contributions and we’ll compile a list in an upcoming issue of the magazine. If there’s a story behind the music, share it with us.

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Plus, we’ll randomly select three entries and send them a DeWalt ToughSystem jobsite radio and charger (DWST08810) with $299 each.

Send your playlist to allan@renocontractor.ca.

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Contest Renovators’ Remix

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Contest Renovators’ Remix

Renovators’ Remix: Help us build a playlist worthy of a jobsite radio

Managing Editor Allan Britnell shares his inspiration for the idea behind our latest contest for readers:

I was out walking my dog the other day just listening to a random sample of the music on my phone. One of the songs that came on was Bob Marley’s “Cornerstone.” In case you don’t know it, the chorus is, “The stone that the builder refuse, will always be the head cornerstone.” Whether or not you’d actually use a reject as a cornerstone is the topic for another article. But it sparked the kernel of an idea in my head. What other songs out there relate to the renovation and homebuilding world?

Saddened by the passing of the great Aretha Franklin I’d been listening to her music recently including, “The House That Jack Built.” Then Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” popped into my mind. I might be onto something here…

What about band names? Men at Work came to mind, then Crowded House and, of course, there’s the construction worker in the Village People!

Do you have any additions to the list? Send us your contributions and we’ll compile a list in an upcoming issue of the magazine. If there’s a story behind the music, share it with us.

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Plus, we’ll randomly select three entries and send them a DeWalt ToughSystem jobsite radio and charger (DWST08810) with $299 each.

Send your playlist to allan@renocontractor.ca.

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Tom Petty

Runnin’ down a dream house

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Runnin’ down a dream house

It never occurred to Tom Petty that gathering a group of friends to play music wouldn’t make them big stars. After meeting Elvis at the age of 10, and later watching the Beatles, he knew he was meant to be a musician and approached it with laser focus. In the late 1960s at age 17, Tom put his theory into practice, adding a few more instruments to the mix and was soon on his way to stardom. Nothing deterred him or slowed him down, even the disapproval of his father who was disappointed that his son would take the artistic route rather than what he considered a more masculine sports-oriented road into adulthood.

Tom’s first band, the Epics, started out in his hometown Gainesville, Florida, playing locally between odd jobs to keep them financially afloat until they hit the big time, which he knew in his heart was just a matter of time.

The Epics evolved into Mudcrutch, a popular band at the Gainesville University of Florida area bars, but failed to get outside attention. His next band, the Heartbreakers, quickly turned things around making it to the top in 1976 with their hit song “Breakdown.” Tom and the Heartbreakers never looked back, producing classics such as “American Girl,” “Free Falling,” and “I Won’t Back Down.” It was a career that lasted over 45 years.

Music poured out of Tom Petty like a fast-moving river producing hit after hit, many used for movie theme songs and sound tracks. Just as he imagined as a young boy, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers became one of the most popular American bands in history, garnering virtually every important award in the music industry and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Petty died in October at age 66 and now his much-loved Lake Sherwood getaway near Malibu and nine miles to the Pacific Ocean is for sale. Built in 1931 with walls of local fieldstone, Petty’s retreat has mountain and water views across the natural lake from almost every room and 125-feet of shorefront. Deceptively large at 5,300 square feet, the house has three bedrooms and three baths and underwent an expansion in 2004.

The home’s rustic feel is complimented by a balcony fireplace, redwood-panelled bathroom with a stone bathtub that overlooks the lake and vaulted-beamed ceilings and fireplace in the fieldstone living room. It’s a California house with a European mountain-lake chalet vibe geared to inspire creativity from its barrel-tiled roof to its enchanting terrace.

The home also has a private deep-water dock where one can sit and dream, launch a boat, fish or swim. Located high above the fog line, the property is guaranteed bright sunshine and cool breezes. Listing agents are Dana Sparks and Amy Alcini of Compass Realty in Malibu, California.

Rock and Roll superstar Tom Petty’s fabulous Lake Sherwood retreat near Malibu is listed at $5.895 million.

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