The singer-songwriter, who grew up in Riverside and recently moved to Huntington Beach, recorded her first album, 2001’s “Give Me a Stage,” with a friend who ran a makeshift recording studio in the backroom of a sewing shop (The album’s liner notes thank the two women who ran the business.) Three years later, she followed it with “Wanderlust,” most of which was recorded in the back of a warehouse.
Both times, Jourdan and her producer, Paul Antony, played nearly all the instruments themselves — in part because they were proficient, and in part to save money on backing musicians. Jourdan overdubs most of her own harmonies on the records, sometimes laying her voice down three or more times.
During the two years she worked on “Eternal Things,” Jourdan didn’t have a full-time job, barely eking out a living as a restaurant hostess and high school substitute teacher. She finished the album early in 2007, but didn’t have enough money to have it duplicated. Eventually, she scored a job at the Kids Institute for Development & Advancement and mailed copies of the CD to those who had pre-ordered them, attaching a note with each one thanking her fans for their patience.