Marilyn grew up in the forests and savannahs of Oregon, where she walked in the rain, climbed oak trees, and read books from the Carnegie library -- when she wasn't making up songs on her parents' hundred-year-old piano. 

As an adult, she saw first-hand some of the tragedies that life can deliver -- folks with traumatic brain injury, addiction, bipolar disorder, autism, and gender dysphoria -- which expanded her understanding of the kinds of challenges, pain, and joy that no one escapes completely. 

She found that others craved what she'd learned -- gratitude for patience, compassion, healthcare -- things that were also showing up in her songs.

Marilyn Jordan is a jamband-inspired singer-songwriter who creates songs like impressionist paintings, from her native rural Oregon. Drawing on themes of home, hiding out, and running like hell, she conveys universal experiences: A little joy, a little pain, and a lot of trying to figure it out. Like Joni Mitchell, Nanci Griffith, and Bonnie Raitt, Marilyn tells stories of badass adventures through this bittersweet life, with beautiful voice, intriguing stories, and soul-saving sense of humor.

"I was really taken by your music..."
BILL LIPPE
Long-time Seattle House Concert Promoter
"Songs like impressionist paintings"
VICKI AMBINDER
studio producer, film producer, music performance coach, musician
"A Sandy Denny-esque quality"
CHICAGO MIKE BECK
Access Film Music, Big Ugly Music & Media, musician
"I really loved hearing your story and words of wisdom regarding your songwriting journey...
and then getting to hear your beautiful songs. What a treat."

KATIE MITCHELL
Standing O Project

"You're such a badass, Marilyn"
JAY COBB ANDERSON
rockstar @ FRUITION

"You're one of my very favorite badasses"
JOHN LALONDE
compulsive music junkie

"You're not a badass,
Mom
"

NATHAN
reality reminding ftw

ONE-LINERS

Badass adventures through this bittersweet life

Heartbreaking comfort with a sense of humor

Bittersweet & Badass

Jamband-Inspired Singer-Songwriter

Like Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt, singer-songwriter Marilyn Jordan gets to the heart of the matter, with sweet guitar and her gorgeous and gritty voice.

Like Joni Mitchell, Nanci Griffith, and Bonnie Raitt, Marilyn tells stories of badass adventures through this bittersweet life, with beautiful voice, intriguing stories, and soul-saving sense of humor.

 

SHORT BIO

Marilyn Jordan is a jamband-inspired singer-songwriter who creates songs like impressionist paintings -- stories of home, hiding out, and running like hell: A little joy, a little pain, and a lot of trying to figure it out.

Like Joni Mitchell, Nanci Griffith, and Bonnie Raitt, she gives us stories of badass adventures through this bittersweet life, from her native rural Oregon, where she mothers, and daughters, and plays like crazy ... and, like everyone, tries to remember her own voice.