Vanessa Jourdan used up her lunch hour June 20 to race down to Best Buy at the Metro Pointe at South Coast shopping center to check for a new CD on the rack. She didn’t intend to purchase the album, but when she found it, she examined the front and back cover intently and snapped one picture after another on her cellphone.
The CD, “Eternal Things,” was Jourdan’s third album — and she had taken advantage of RegionalCD, a program that permits independent artists to submit their work to be sold at Best Buy. Jourdan, a member of Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, didn’t expect to make much money off record store sales; most of her minimal earnings come from people who buy her songs online. Still, she couldn’t help but feel giddy seeing her work on the rack between Janis Joplin and Journey.
“It’s something I never imagined would happen,” said Jourdan, 32, a Texas native who has been pursuing a music career for a decade. “Reality is never what you expect. But this is something I will tell my grandkids about. Grandma had a CD in Best Buy.”