By Chandler Hall
Staff reporter

Don’t miss the up and coming musician Jordan Butler. He is playing in conjunction with the opening artist reception for Victoria Lybarger, digital arts senior. The reception will be held at College Hill Coffee on Janes Street at 6 p.m. and the live music will start at 7.

Butler was hesitant to begin playing music. It wasn’t until 15 that Butler began to play drums for his youth worship team.

 “I grew up wanting to play music, but I never wanted to try and be bad at it, because my dad, my uncle and my family are all really talented. From a younger age I knew I wanted to be a musician, but I was just afraid that if I wasn’t good, I couldn’t be what I wanted to be,” said Butler. “So once I started playing and realized that I could actually play and began getting the opportunity to play and grow and learn, it’s all I wanted to do. I fell in love with creating music.”

Butler’s love for music was challenged very early on. Those challenges led him deeper into the music world.

Butler said, “Whenever I went off to college, I didn’t have a church to play in, so I lost all my opportunities to play anywhere. At that point I didn’t have my drums with me so I started playing guitar more and covering songs. People said I sucked and I didn’t sound like the original, so I started writing songs, because I could make them sound how I wanted them to sound. Then I fell in love with doing that.”

Butler writes his songs from a free and open-minded place.

 “I will kind of sit down and play around and try to get out of my own way and let my subconscious speak. It can be a process where I play around with ideas for weeks, months or years. But usually, when I get to that place, where I’m in the zone, I will sing something that I really like it will spark an interest and I can finish it within 30 minutes,” said Butler.

His music is a blend of different styles he likes. He is inspired by rock, indie rock and alternative rock. He has some edginess, but also some folk he said.

Butler hopes his songs bring a clarity to everyday emotions and take a listener deeper than the surface level.  

“My songs have been very therapeutic for myself when I write them. I hope that the way I write can bring clarity or even challenges thought, so it can put a new perspective or new word to a common feeling,” said Butler.

Butler said he usually chooses a set depending on where he is playing.

College Hill Coffee is always excited to have Butler, and are looking forward to having the art display by Lybarger.

Blenda Hoskinson, College Hill Coffee owner, said, “[Lybarger] has been wanting to do this display for a really long time, so I was really excited to give her that opportunity. Jordan has played here several times, so for the two of them to be here together will be really cool.”

“It makes it more entertaining to work on a Friday night,” Logan Weppler, biology senior, a CHC employee, said. “If we don’t have live music it is pretty dead.”

This show will be a special show for Butler, Lybarger and the people at College Hill Coffee.  

“I’m really excited about playing this show, because my girlfriend Victoria is going to be displaying her art. She’s been very supportive of my art and I do my best to support of hers. This is the first thing we’ve had together,” said Butler. “Also, my litter sister has been writing songs, so she’s going to be sharing some of what she has written. This will be a special moment because some shows you really set out to impress people and hope it leads to other shows, but this one will be a celebration of all my family and loved one’s art coming together and having a platform to share it.”

Chandler Hall is a senior majoring in communication. You may email him at Chandler.Hall@sckans.edu.