I began studying music when I was seven years old when my parents enrolled me in piano lessons. Then in fifth grade I started saxophone and quickly became interested in learning about anything and everything about music. Shortly thereafter, I began to teach myself guitar, bass, and drums and also toyed with writing my own songs.
Throughout high school I heavily involved in various ensembles including band, choir, and musical theater. I also connected with other musicians my age and forming bands. After graduation I continued my pursuit of music into collage and in 2003 received my Associates of Allied Science in Music Production from McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN. Then in 2008 received a Bachelor of Science in Music Theory and Composition from UW-La Crosse.
My playing experience covers a variety of styles and genres including: pop, rock, blues, jazz, funk, folk, electronic, and classical. As a multi-instrumentalist I've filled many roles over the years which has given me a broad perspective of music and deep understanding of how everything fits together.
As a performer, some of my previous groups include: Scuttlebuttin', Honeyshot, Hot Money, Eden's Empire, Dig, Hypnopotamus, Enowning, and the UW - La Crosse Jazz Ensemble. Over the years I've also helped record and produce albums for other artists including Field Stark's Long Goodbye and Judson Steinback's Jammin' at the Hollow.
In 2017 I self-released my debut album Come Alive. Currently I'm working on a follow-up EP to Come Alive title In Between the Middle. You can find me performing around the greater Madison area as a solo artist or with my wife Mary. You can check out my music and performance schedule by visiting www.jourdanhines.com.
In addition to my deep involvement with music I run my own design and web development business called Designs by Hines. I'm also a certified yoga instructor and together with my wife Mary, we manage an wellness blog called the Well Rounded Guru where we share tasty recipes and insights on health and general wellbeing.
When I'm not focused on a music or design project, I enjoy cooking, reading, time outdoors, riding motorcycle, and playing with our dog Jaya.