Minneapolis singer/songwriter, Jourdan Myers, does not consider herself a perfectionist, but she does insist on doing things right the first time, which is why she collaborates with other industry professionals who share her work ethic. “My passion is to create excellent collaborative art that gives others a platform to share their expertise.” Thus Myers, upon entering The Library Studio to record her second album, Ruin Me With Love, gave the musicians total freedom to shape each song according to their own artistic judgment. “Not only did it make for an incredibly fun studio experience,” Myers says, “but we nailed it. They gave life to my songs in a way I never imagined. It was such a positive result that I wanted every professional involved to have creative license, artistic freedom and collaboration to do what they do best — right down to the tracking, the production, the photography, the design, and the performance.” With producer Matt Patrick (Library Recording Studio; Greycoats, John Mark Nelson), Myers built a team of artists hailing from the bands of Prince, Andrew Bird, Owl City, and The Brighton.
Ruin Me With Love is a complex work that showcases Myers’ signature sound, drifting from alternative to avant-garde, with experimental guitar sounds, percussive instruments fashioned from kitchen supplies, and vocals recorded through a guitar amplifier. Myers’ lilting voice, layered lyrics, and haunting melodies are captivating — reminiscent of such disparate artists as Feist, Cat Power, and Joy Williams of The Civil Wars.
Myers’ first album, Chasing the Sunset, was a soulful record that expressed an intensely personal pain — the death of her older brother at the hands of a drunk driver. Her second album, Ruin Me With Love, is inspired by the promise of the future, and the eclectic collection centers around the universal theme of human longing. “There will never be a time when all our desires and needs have been met; we won’t escape the struggle on this side of life. Whether you long for a person, a different situation, or a new beginning, the condition of yearning is captured in these songs.” Myers understands longing. After several years of having her musical dreams shelved as she battled Lyme’s disease, she was confined by exhaustion, illness, and mundane employment. “These songs were written out of my angst, and they developed a life of their own with no regard for the demands of my day job and no concern that they deprived me of sleep! They came like a storm and messed up my plans and ate up my nights.” But now, fully birthed, recorded, and produced, Myers is wildly proud of the twelve songs she composed.
Ruin Me With Love is now available in the Twin Cities at the Electric Fetus, Cheapo, and online everywhere through CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon.
Aug 27 – The Warming House – Minneapolis, MN – w/Al Church & Andy Cook
**Denotes full band show
For all of those who invested in this album, I am so humbled by your generosity! I would particularly like to thank the following Kickstarter backers, among many others:
Phil & Terrie Myers, David & Cindy Staloch, Dennis & Megan Doyle, Gretchen Niemann, Mike & Sue Holmquist, John & Margaret Wiehoff, Rob & Neusa Niemann, Jr Stanley, Chelsie Kellogg, Tom & Barb Aslesen, Pam Hadrava, Michael Minich, Dave & Barb Reinhart, The Corwin Family, Jack & Kate Larsen, Bonnie Matuseski, Jami Kellogg, Debbie Kelly, Shannon Grover, Pat Neegard, Cindee Anderson, Teddy Reimer, Nancy Odette, Janel & Scott Myers, Mary Holdahl, Laura Thompson, Simon & Kate Heuer, Ryan & Ellie Kromminga, Nancy L. Baumann, Beth Kellogg, Amy Gibson, Timothy Larsen, Hillary Rima, Corrissa Schottmuller, Beth Thater, Amy Wilhite, Debbie Bayer-Siebert, Chuck Siebert, and Peter & Mary-Jane Davidson.
Ruin Me With Love would not have been possible without you! Thank you so much for believing in me and supporting me in its creation!
The Even Ground (Album Review – “Top Album”)
The Minneapolis singer/songwriter Jourdan Myers is pulling out all the stops on her second album entitled Ruin Me With Love…Every song on Ruin Me With Love has a unique palette of sounds, which deflated any chance of the songs becoming monotonous or laborious…Perhaps even more impressive than her arsenal of tones and textures is that the album still has cohesion and uniformity. There wasn’t a song that felt too far out in left field amongst the rest…In an alternate universe Myers might be selling out stadiums but in this one she doesn’t have nearly as many fans as she deserves. Take a listen and if you love it spread the word.” – Ted Rogan
Mad Ripple Hootenanny (Live Show Review)
“A voice unchained as an adjective hardly does justice to the amazing God given instrument that singer songwriter Jourdan Myers possesses. With her voice alone, she enchanted the crowd, and fellow artists alike.” – Becca Marx
Dancing About Architecture (Album Review)
“Good music has the ability to cross musical boundaries. Great music doesn’t even acknowledge that the boundaries exist in the first place. By that definition, Ruin Me With Love is a great album as it flits between avant-garde pop, contemporary folk, soul and a scattergun blast of other genres. Through its 12 tracks it manages to mix an alternative, arty feel with enough commerciality to make it widely accessible to pop fans, music geeks and hipsters all at the same time, never bowing down to one over the other and creating memorable music along the way.” – Dave Franklin
Dancing About Architecture (Wanderlust video)
“Using a combination of avant-garde pop vibes and commercial accessibility, her second album Ruin Me With Love looks set to propel her to a wider audience in no small part due to a voice that can be bettered by few working in contemporary music today.” – Dave Franklin
City Pages – Local Frames (Wanderlust video)
“Myers has a golden voice that is quite beguiling…based on the intoxicating strength of this single [‘Wanderlust’], we should all be hearing plenty more from Jourdan Myers throughout the rest of this year and beyond.” – Erik Thompson
“Jourdan Myers has a voice so pure, it reminds me of Sarah McLachlan’s, but this lady can also belt it out…Every song is worth a good listen!” – Katie Sevigny
City Pages (feature article)
“The record hovers on the edges of folk and soul with production that mixes both acoustic and electronic elements. Myers creates comforting songs acknowledging the transience of life and the importance of metamorphosis.”
“Her track ‘The Fight’ echoes Feist.” – Youa Vang
The Current – Friday Five (Wanderlust video)
“[Wanderlust] is a new one from promising singer-songwriter Jourdan Myers.” – Andrea Swensson