Marc JordanProfession: Singer/songwriter and actor
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
The car: 2003 Lexus SC430
- Has won ASCAP, Juno, SOCAN and jazz and pop awards
- 13 CDs of his own songs including Reckless Valentine, Mannequin, Blue Desert, Cool Jam Black Earth, This is How Men Cry
- His songs include Marina del Rey, Survival, Waiting for a Miracle and he wrote Rod Stewart’s No. 1 hit, Rhythm of My Heart
- Sings solo and as a member of the group Lunch At Allen’s
- A national UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Canada
- Concert tour includes a performance at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto Nov. 16 and with Lunch At Allen’s in Okotoks, Alta., on Dec. 9 and in Brooks, Alta., on Dec. 11
- Writing his 14th album, set to be released next year
Marc Jordan has written songs for some of the world’s top musicians – including Diana Ross, Cher, Olivia Newton-John, Bette Midler, Joe Cocker and Rod Stewart.
The award-winning singer-songwriter has been going strong ever since launching his career with Warner Bros. Records in 1977. Nowadays, he still writes music, tours and acts on the side. He’s even dabbling in a Broadway musical with his wife and fellow musician, Amy Sky.
Despite his success, Jordan hasn’t let fame get to his head. On the road, he drives an older car – a 2003 Lexus SC430 convertible – that he bought used two years ago.
Why did you buy a Lexus SC430 convertible?
While I’m in hotel rooms at night after my shows, I’d look at cars and I saw this online. I bought it in Florida on eBay.
I just love the design and the fact that it’s a hard-top convertible. I even drive it in the winter.
When I had smaller kids, I couldn’t have that car. Now that my kids are grown up and starting to leave the house, it was a good time.
Was it nerve-racking buying a car online?
It was fun to buy a car online. I think I will always buy my cars online.
I had a guy go and check it out. I paid him 200 bucks to check it out. He said it was a great car.
You buy them from the southern United States and they’re half of the price. They’re used, but not like a 2003 would be in Toronto.
I had it delivered right to my door. I was on tour when I got it. When I got home, the paperwork was in the mailbox and the car was sitting in the driveway. It was really great.
What does a Lexus SC430 say about you?
It says I’m my age.
Design is a bit of a hobby of mine. I think aesthetically it’s a beautiful looking car.
Men love cars – they’re very primal. Every guy is a car guy.
Do you prefer design over power?
No. I like both. But I’m conscious of the environment, too. I don’t want something that’s a huge gas guzzler.
This car doesn’t burn a lot of gas, which is great. It’s less than the car I had before. Yet, it’s responsive and fast when I want it to be. If you drive it sensibly, which I do most of the time – I’ve learned my lesson – it’s a pretty economical car and it’s well-made. It’s an older car, but it’s from Florida. It has never seen winter.
Do you know what’s under the hood?
It’s a 4.3-litre, I guess.
It’s tremendously efficient. I thought it was going to be a huge gas guzzler, but it turned out not to be. If you step on it, it’s really a quick car.
It’s the fastest car I’ve ever owned.
Any speeding tickets with it?
I did have them in the beginning. Because it runs so smoothly, you just don’t realize you’re going the speed you’re going half of the time.
What was your first car?
The very first car I ever bought was a 1957 MGA. I’ve always had convertibles.
It was so rusty. I paid $75 bucks for it and you could see the road through the floor. That car actually had a wooden chassis. It was an old one – only three of the four gears worked.
But it was my pride and joy. I loved it.
What did you buy when you got your first big cheque?
I bought a 560SL – a beautiful one in California. It was the classic one – an ’86. It was a fantastic car.
I’ve owned four 560SLs. I love those cars. But they’re really antique.
I need a car that’s reliable. When I’m going to a gig in Ontario, I always drive, if it’s within reason. I enjoy driving, so I needed a reliable car.
The 560 are old cars. I worried I’d get stuck somewhere where they can’t fix it.
I had a family car, an Acura, before the Lexus.
I’ve only had about two hard-tops in my entire life.
It’s the sense of freedom. For me, convertibles – it doesn’t get any better than that.
Do you sing behind the wheel?
I sure do. That’s when I get my tickets! Seriously. When I’m singing that’s when I speed! Maybe I’m trying to get away from my own voice, but when I sing, I speed.
What’s your best and worst driving story ever?
My best was driving that 560 when I still lived in California up to San Francisco from L.A. through Big Sur. It was a beautiful drive.
My worst: years ago, I owned a 450SL and it was a gas guzzler. I was doing a gig up north and I decided to drive after the gig to our cottage in Lake of Bays.
I set out. It was November and very cold and I didn’t have a lot of gas. The car started having problems.
I was literally in the middle of nowhere.
I limped into the Lake of Bays – I got home, but it was very scary. It was about two in the morning and really cold. I didn’t want to be sitting out there all night.
If I could bring you the keys to any vehicle what would it be?
It isn’t a convertible, but probably a Mercedes Gullwing. That is one of the most brilliant designs ever.
This interview has been edited and condensed.