Microphones used: Vocals- OM6.
Stephanie Jordan is a powerhouse of dynamic musicality, a modern and unique voice shining through the long, storied history of jazz music. In performance as well as one-on-one she is humble but strong, gentle but full of power-a dichotomy that makes its way into her own performance, carefully crafted over many years of many audiences.
Stephanie grew up in the rich musical environment of New Orleans, in a family who played a variety of instruments-yet she describes herself as an “accidental singer,” someone who wanted to sing but didn’t think she could. That changed one night on her birthday, at a club where her brother was playing. He asked her to sing a song with him, and her career was born.
Her philosophy on singing comes from many hours of listening to the radio when radio was great-singers like Chaka Kahn, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and many R&B groups in the 70s. “When I would listen to the radio,” she says, “you had to really sing to be played. Nowadays, you can go record an album and they can doctor your voice up in the studio. Back in the day, that didn’t happen-people had to sing.” Though she loved R&B, she was surrounded by New Orleans jazz, and jazz is what got into her blood.
Stephanie has been using the Audix OM6 for her vocals since she first was introduced to the mic at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans several years ago. “The first time I used an Audix mic, I immediately noticed-‘Wow, something’s different. What is this microphone?!’” After talking to her sound technician, she knew she had found the mic she had been waiting for. The issues she had run into before-feedback, lack of clarity-were not a problem with the OM6. “When I have my Audix mic, the show is just effortless. It picks up everything…I don’t have to push. I even love what I hear on the monitor, and that makes a big difference in how you perform. Some microphones just have to do too much to get what you want…when I’m using my Audix, I get the sound I want.”
In her performances, she ranges from very controlled, quiet notes, but her voice also grows to a powerful intensity. The OM6 can handle all of it. “I like a microphone that can really switch up and do that for me, and allow me to go from zero to 100 at any moment if I want to. I love the flexibility of this mic.”