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Matt Jordan Searches His Country Soul in ‘Outskirts of Grace’

This heavenly track is a redemptive standout.

Written by Chris Parton
Matt Jordan Searches His Country Soul in ‘Outskirts of Grace’
Matt Jordan; Photo credit: Frankie Zarantonello

Country singer-songwriter Matt Jordan seeks a family man’s redemption in the powerful new track “Outskirts of Grace,” premiering exclusively on Sounds Like Nashville today.

Arriving officially tomorrow (February 28) and co-written with Jordan by Charlie Berry and Ryan Hedge, the track puts Jordan’s commanding sandpaper vocal at the pulpit and backs it with a soul-stirring blast of gospel rock, adding up to a transformative anthem which Jordan says comes from real-life gratitude.

“‘Outskirts’ is one of the more personal songs I’ve ever been a part of,” he tells SLN. “When Charlie, Ryan and I got together to write, we spent the first two hours just talking about faith, family, wives, dreams — all that kind of stuff. At some point during our conversation, I threw out the first few lines — ‘Too many fights left unfinished / Too many sorries never said / A lot of prayers fell short of heaven / ‘Cause they got stuck up in my head.’ And we just started building on that.

“After a few more hours of discussion Charlie put his head down and got quiet for a while, and then just started singing the chorus. So it came together pretty organically, just three young married guys trying to figure out how to navigate family and dreams and what it all means in the bigger picture of life. For me personally, it means something a little different every time I sing it.”

The track was produced by Grammy-award winner Sal Oliveri, who has previously pulled heavenly performances from stars like P!nk, Chris Stapleton and Sheryl Crow. And according to him, listeners can see right into Jordan’s heart with “Outskirts of Grace.”

“I’ve been producing Matt for several years and I knew from the start that he was a rare talent,” Oliveri says. “His songwriting caught me right away as he writes with an insight and depth beyond his years. Matt knows his voice and the characters in his songs which makes for the kind of singer-songwriter you want to follow. I know I do.”

“Outskirts of Grace” will be officially released tomorrow (February 28). Check it out in the embedded player above.