I am not going to hide my bias – I am a big fan of Jordan Feliz’s music. I gravitate towards upbeat music, especially music that is easily danceable. It is no wonder my ears perked up when I first heard Jordan Feliz’s, The River, playing on the radio several years ago.
Music is my love language. Even though I cannot sing a tune, I can dance and God often uses music to move me and speak to me. Rhythm, lyrics, strong vocals and instrumentals, the artist’s story…all of these elements blend together to voice messages from the Divine.
Jordan Feliz is a musical artist God has used to communicate His love, purpose, redemption, faithfulness and more. In particular, his songs Never Too Far Gone, Your Great Hands, Witness, and Changed have spoken directly to my heart.
Yet, a hit I became unapologetically obsessed with in 2020 was Feliz’s song Glorify. I loved it so much that upon hearing it first play on Pandora, I purchased it along with its alternate versions. I have played Glorify on repeat over the last several months and it is a song my children have also embraced. Not gonna lie – I’ve listened to Glorify so many times that the dancer in me crafted a short dance for the chorus which I naturally taught my children. Perhaps you saw the reel I posted a few months ago on Instagram that proves said choreography 😉
When I heard Jordan Feliz’s single, Next to Me, being played on Pandora several weeks ago, I promptly Googled to see if this song was part of a new album or if it was a single release. I was thrilled to learn of Say It, Jordan Feliz’s latest album that includes both of my new faves, Glorify and Next to Me, along with 8 other songs.
I’ll say it – Say It is another successful album for Jordan Feliz.
His third album opens with Jesus Is Coming Back and it sets the tone for the tracks that follow. Jesus Is Coming Back has a cheerful, gospel “feel” to it, similar to my fave Glorify, while the lyrics offer hope and are inspired by Matthew 24:36-44 and 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3.
There is a nice balance of variety across this album that includes danceable tracks along with ballads, gospel, hip-hop, and even a quirky song titled, Real Me – an eccentric song about people-pleasing, filtered perfection and true colors. The lyrics in Real Me allude to auto-tuning when your voice isn’t perfect or using Photoshop when your photo isn’t Insta-worthy and how God knows and loves the real you even if you try to alter yourself. It isn’t one of my top played songs from Say It, but my Gen Z children enjoy the beat and the words of this song.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you’ll find a raw and vulnerable song called, Wounds (there is both an original and an alternate version). I don’t know the backstory behind this song but I’m sure there is one. Here is a sample of the lyrics:
“Would you believe me if I said you’re not beyond repair?
Would you believe me if I told you that I’ve been right there?
Would you believe me if I said you’re not beyond repair?
Oh, would you believe me if I told you that I’ve been right there?
I’ve seen the light come inLyrics from Wounds
To my darkest rooms
I can tell you, friend
That His love heals wounds
Look into my heart
Let it be the proof
I’m only standing here
‘Cause His love heals wounds
Yeah, His love heals wounds
Yeah, His love heals wounds”
Another song I enjoyed was the title track Say It, featuring Aaron Cole. Upon first listen, this song reminded me of Michael Jackson, an artist I am also a big fan of. Say It is about being bold and fearless in proclaiming the name of Jesus. For me, Say It, Jesus Is Coming Back and Glorify are my ultimate hype songs to motivate me to do [God’s] work assigned to me.
“I just had to say itLyrics from Say It
If it’s not You that we’re praising
Then it’s all overrated, ain’t it (say it)
If the name of Jesus
Ain’t lifted up, then who needs us
Sorry ya’ll if you hate it, yeah”
If you’ve never heard Jordan Feliz’s music, I highly recommend giving it a listen. You can find his music on Spotify, Apple Music, iHeartRadio, and other streaming services. As well, check out Jordan Feliz’s YouTube channel for music videos, lyric videos, and more.
Be sure to connect with Jordan Feliz on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For updates on his latest tour, visit https://jordanfeliz.com.
*Prior to reviewing any album, I commit to listening to each track and reading each song’s lyrics.
**The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.