Jordi Baizan is a first generation American and native Texan songwriter. He is multicultural, born in Houston to Spanish and Cuban parents, and married to Carmen who hails from Mexico. Everyone in the family is multi-lingual. Jordi is also a multi-tasker, writing songs and managing his flourishing music career in the same home-office where he runs his small business, which helped he and Carmen raise their two girls and two boys.
With his strong work-ethic, it may not come as a surprise that Jordi has released multiple records, the first three with his Americana/Rock band, QandA. The newly-released fourth record is Jordi’s first as a solo artist. Funded by his widespread and dedicated followers, this CD takes him in a surprising new direction: the folk/singer-songwriter genre.
Now that the kids are away at college and beyond, the empty nest at home has provided Jordi the opportunity to take his music on the road. Wherever he can travel with his old Larrivée guitar, and deliver his songs in an intimate, listening-room setting, is where he wants to be.
This first solo record is appropriately named Like the First Time, and on the title track Jordi expresses the mid-life realization that time is a precious commodity and one can choose to live the moment with no regrets for the past. His distinctive voice and well-crafted lyrics allow him to connect with the mind and heart of his listeners. “When I look back at how far we’ve come and weariness sets in, I would do it all again, like the first time.”, he writes.
A life full of human experience, reading, global travel, and the ‘on the road’ explorations of a performer have enhanced Jordi’s skill as an honest musical storyteller. These intangible qualities run through all of the songs on Like the First Time and, in 2017, have enabled Jordi to be recognized by two prestigious Texas songwriting competitions, the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition (Regional Finalist) and the Songwriter Serenade Competition (Semifinalist).
With the support of dedicated fans, and a new record release, Jordi is taking to the road to humbly bring to each listener a sense of joy, adventure, gratitude, and respect for our common humanity. “I believe that we all share the desire to love and to be loved, to follow our dreams, and to have a sense of home”, he says. This contrast between the road and home is delivered in Jordi’s song Meyerland, the album’s second track and the name of the Houston neighborhood where he grew up, a mere 2 miles from his current residence. Perhaps we can all relate to the closing lines “We travel different highways, the journey never ends, but we never get away from Meyerland.”