IN 2007, this reporter (when at the Thurrock Gazette) went down to see Jordan Gray at her home in Tilbury.
Jordan’s mother Terri had written to the Gazette and told us all about Jordan and her musical skills.
We were astounded by her won song “Honey I’m Home” and a haunting version of Hallelujah.
Since then, we have followed Jordan’s fascinating career.
We have admired the creative wanderlust that has taken her from Thurrock to The Voice.
And then came comedy. To be honest, we weren’t sure.
In 2018, we saw Jordan at a pre-Edinburgh Fringe gig in Shoreditch. We enjoyed it but weren’t entirely sure.
A week later, at Edinburgh, Jordan posted a photo on her socials at a Friday night gig in the biggest arts festival in the world.
This reporter was in Edinburgh, working for The Edinburgh Reporter. We did feel sorry for Jordan and duly put up a preview piece encouraging people to see her. We remember going on to review at the 400 seater main arena in George Square, thinking “You are a long way from here Jordan).
But Jordan has a real focus, ambition and sense of dedication. She was also really enjoying honing her talents.
Which brings us to 2022. Because in 2022, Jordan Gray sold out that 400 seater time and time and time again.
The audiences loved her and so did the critics.
The show was transferred to London with equal success.
This month Jordan is playing two nights at the London Palladium and on Friday night Jordan is on Channel 4’s Friday Night Live.
Well done Jordan. Everyone here is so proud of you.