When Jordan Harazin left Redwood Falls after graduating from RVHS in 2011, his destination was Nashville, Tenn.
Like others who venture to the place where music stars are born, Harazin had visions of making it big in music, although the practical side had convinced him to study audio engineering at The Art Institute of Tennessee.
“I made it to the third quarter when I knew I just wanted to be recorded, not do the recording,” said Harazin. “Besides, I couldn’t afford it anymore.”
Harazin admitted things were a struggle for the first few months, adding he has worked at various jobs, including at UPS, serving as a pizza delivery guy, working as a farm hand, and now he works in construction supply.
Naturally, that is not his long-term goal, as Harazin continues to pursue his passion – music.
That quest for a career in music got a huge boost in late August when the group he is with, known as Tenasie, won the Nashville Independent Music Award (NIMA) for best group or duo.
“It’s no CMA. However, for us as a band it’s huge,” said Harazin.
The band also includes Matt Keyler, acoustic guitarist, Tenasie Bowe, lead vocalist, Austin Perry, drummer and Kris Luis, bassist.
Harazin said he and Keyler were both in college at the same time, but they really got connected when the two worked for UPS.
At the time, Harazin was also working as a piano player, and through that connection he met Tenasie Bowe. He and Keyler went to Las Vegas to be her backup band, and during that time they also met Perry.
Harazin said the group’s camaraderie, musicianship and chemistry was just too hard to pass up, and the talks of forming a group started. Luis also came on for a short time, but he has since left the band to return to school in California.
“We all play a vital role in the songs we write and play,” said Harazin.
The group’s song “Our Love Will” is gaining a lot of attention and is being played on the airwaves.
Harazin got his start playing music through his grandparents, Ed and Mary Domeier.
“They had played music for the better part of 30 years when I started playing music with them. My first real exposure of my ability was in kindergarten. We sang this goodbye song every day before we left Mrs. Schrank’s class. I believe I was singing it at my grandparents when grandma grabbed her guitar to chord along with my singing and said, ‘wait, Jordan, sing that again,’” said Harazin. “I was in the key of “A,” and I stayed there. Even as she started to harmonize above my melody I still stuck to the melody – so she says. That’s when they figured I had something. I reckon I just didn’t know any better.
Page 2 of 2 - “Whatever the case is, we ran from there. As they say, the rest is history.
“For me, music really is all I’ve done. It’s truly the only thing I’m good at. I played some sports in school, but music always took over.
“I believe singing in nursing homes for 14 years also shaped me to be a different type of person as well.
“I became close with the people. My grandma often would joke that if they lost track of me at the nursing home they just had to look around the audience and they’d find me talking and mingling with an old lady.”
Harazin considers himself to be the “old school” one of the group, adding he tries to maintain the sincerity and integrity of the roots of country music.
On behalf of the band, Harazin expressed their appreciation for the support they have received from people in the Redwood area.
“Keep your radios on,” said Harazin.
Learn more at www.facebook.com/Tenasie.