Jordan Rager Talks With TMI About His New Single “One Of The Good Ones”
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What inspired you to pursue music?
I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember. I used to run around my parents house when I was little in a cowboy hat and boots singing all my favorite songs. My dad started encouraging me to sing at church when I was 11. That’s where I first caught the bug for it. By the time I was 14, I wanted to learn to play guitar and sing my own songs.
How would you describe your musical style?
My influences are all over the place. Country music was my first love and will always have my heart, but I’m also way into all different types of music. Everything from The Eagles to Sum 41 – and also stuff like Justin Timberlake and Ed Sheeran. I think I pull inspiration from anything I listen to that I like, and it all kinda blends together to form this sound that comes out of me.
Did you have a break out song that started things for you?
My first single was a duet with Jason Aldean called “Southern Boy”. That’s where everything really started going for me.
Your single, “One of the Good Ones” has gotten an amazing reaction. What’s been your thought on the reactions to the song?
I was a little nervous about this one, because it had been so long since I had released new music; I wondered if people would still care enough to listen. But, the reaction has been unreal, and I’m still getting tweets and messages from people telling me how much they love the song all these months later. It makes the waiting game worth it.
How did the idea for “One of the Good Ones” come about?
My buddy Ross Ellis, who wrote the song with Chris Stevens and James McNair, sent me the song because he knew how big a Braves fan I am. It was love at first listen. Everything about the song I loved. The energy, the music carried was great, I related to every lyric like I would’ve wrote the song myself, and it even name drops my favorite ball player ever – I knew I had to have it.
Does your fanbase have a name yet?
Jordan Rager’s “Good Ones”
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
Fans are the reason I’m able to do what I do. Without them, I’m singing and playing for myself alone. If they come up to me wanting pictures – or just to talk – I’ll stand there all day with them until they’re tired of me. They’re support means the world, and I’m never too busy to hang out with them and say thanks for this awesome dream job I have because of them.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
I try to stay up with all of them but I’m most active on Twitter and Instagram.
You were chosen to tour with Justin Moore after Moore discovered your cover videos on YouTube! What was your reaction to this huge accomplishment?
Real talk: I hated doing those videos. I wanted to be known for my own music, not as the “cover guy”. My manager at the time talked me into it, and I’m so glad he did, because being on Justin’s tour was that next step in my career I couldn’t reach by myself. That tour was an incredible experience. I learned so much from one of the best dudes in country music, and I can’t thank Justin and his team enough for making me feel like part of their road family.
What was it like to sing “Southern Boy” with country superstar Jason Aldean? How did this opportunity arise?
Me and Jason always kicked around the idea of singing together but I never thought it would actually happen. He was looking for songs to cut on his next record, so I sent him a bunch of stuff I had recorded already and “Southern Boy” was one of them. He called me and said he thought that would be the perfect song to duet on so we made it happen.
Are there any other projects in the works you can tell us about?
I’m working on new music and I will definitely have some of it out later this year.
Any last things you would like to tell your supporters?
THANK YOU for making my dreams come true. I couldn’t do it without y’all.