Accident inspires Jordan's music

PUBLISHED: 09:21 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:21 17 April 2013

Jordan Joyce with his first album Mystery Face. All the proceeds from the sale of the album will be going to Ronald McDonald House Bristol.

Jordan Joyce with his first album Mystery Face. All the proceeds from the sale of the album will be going to Ronald McDonald House Bristol.

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A budding musician from Honiton, who was left seriously injured when he was in a collision with a car, releases an album to raise money for the charity that helped support his family.

A budding young musician from Honiton, who was left seriously injured when he was in a collision with a car, has released his first album nearly 10 years after the accident.

Jordan Joyce has produced a four-track album to raise money for Ronald McDonald House, which provided great support for his family and somewhere to stay while he was being treated in hospital in Bristol.

The album, under his stage name BAR-T Joyce, is titled Mystery Face and was greatly inspired by his accident on November 19, 2003.

The 24-year-old was keen to raise funds for the charity which housed his family, free of charge, when he was receiving hospital treatment.

“My main aim is to raise £1,000 – if I get more than that it will be a bonus,” says Jordan.

He was only 15 when he was involved in the collision, which took place near Honiton Fire Station on the A373, whilst he was helping a friend deliver the Midweek Herald.

Jordan suffered life-threatening injuries and was given a 20 per cent chance of survival – he was in a coma for 11 days and had to undergo a number of operations.

He spent nine weeks in hospital following the accident and was treated at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Frenchay Hospital and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

The incident left Jordan with a serious brain injury and some physical disabilities.

He says his music has helped him to express his emotions and deal with his feelings about the accident.

Speaking about the song Mystery Face he said: “It is a really personal song to me. I wrote it about a year ago and felt I really needed to get this out.

“My motivation was my accident.”

Jordan is also learning how to play the guitar with the help of his support worker Ryan Wilkes, who assisted the 24-year-old with the album by helping to write the music for his songs and recording Jordan’s music videos.

He describes his sound as indie soul and says James Morrison is one of his musical inspirations.

Jordan and his family have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback the album has received and sales have been going well.

Ronald McDonald House Bristol needs to raise £220,000 to keeps its doors open and relies on fund-raising and public donations.

CD’s are on sale at Honiton Toy Shop for £2.50. To sponsor Jordan visit www.justgiving.com/Bar-T. Watch his videos on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=B83Wo4JaGx4

Jordan will be holding other fund-raising events.

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