As a matter of fact, Archie had already started plinkin' on a plastic guitar by the time he'd reached the age of three. "Then, I saw the guy on the Lawrence Welk Show," he explains, "and started getting interested in the accordian, which I played for about four years."
The family relocated to Sumter, South Carolina after Archie completed the fifth grade. By then, he was strummin' on a real guitar, which his parents had given him for Christmas. But the real crux of his career probably started taking shape the year after he turned twelve...when he formed his own band, which turned out to be called The Cobras...and the next thing he knew, the group was working every school dance, talent show, benefit, and private party within ear shot. "We played for something nearly every weekend," Archie recalls, "and my Mother ended up being our manager, because we were too young to drive!"
This went on through the ninth grade in high school...where he also learned to play the clarinet...and after that, the family relocated to Aiken, South Carolina. So, Archie had to drum up a new band, which turned out to be called The Intruders and when recording artist Arthur Conley asked them to back him at a concert, Archie laughingly admits, "We got paid very little, but I still thought for sure we'd really made it!"
Archie attended the University of South Carolina (Aiken Branch) for one year...then spent the summer touring with a well-known act, The Tams...and returned to school in the fall. But this time on the main campus in Columbia, where he also changed his major from business to music. "I had it rough at first," he explains, "because I'd only studied one year of piano, and most of my teacher's students were studying to be concert pianists, so you can imagine how I felt about playing my little simple pieces!"
College days gave Archie the additional opportunity of playing viola with two orchestras...as well as studying composition and arranging...until he eventually graduated into the real world of music as a producer and writer with Bang Records in Atlanta.
After six years... and some major hits... including What A Difference You've Made In My Life, Let's Take The Long Way Around The World (co-written with Naomi Martin) and It's All I Can Do (co-written with Richard Leigh), Archie moved from Chess and was signed as an exclusive writer for Tree International. In the mid-eighties, Archie signed with Lorenz Creative Services. During the early nineties, he wrote for BMG, where he turned out the hits Turn That Radio On (co-writer Paul Davis) for Ronnie Milsap and Love Is Strong for Paul Overstreet (co-writer). In the mid-nineties, Archie signed a contract with Major Bob Music, owned by Bob Doyle who discovered and manages Garth Brooks.
Currently, Archie writes for his own publishing company, Archie Jordan Music, Inc.
Obviously an honor student in todays class of songwriters, Archie has also made his mark as a producer... cutting two Grammy Award winning Contemporary Christian albums on B.J. Thomas entitled: Happy Man and You Gave Me Love.
With Hal David, he produced an album on Orsa Lia with the single I Never Said I Love You, which reached number one on Billboards Adult Contemporary Chart. Archie also arranged this album, along with other arrangements for Barbara Mandrell, B.J. Thomas, Kenny Rogers, Kathy Mattea, Gary Morris and many other artists.
Archie has also spent time in Hollywood working on film and television music. It Was Almost Like A Song was heard in "The Bridges of Madison County." He and lyricist Larry Bastian wrote the theme song for the Dukes of Hazzard TV special, "Reunion In Hazzard." He also worked on the music score for a new animation television pilot about Nashville.
Since 2001, Archie has been living on the old family farm in Perkins, Ga., where he still continues to write and record. Most of 2003 and the first quarter of 2004, Archie wrote and produced his own third CD: "Songs From The Sower," (based on the words of Michael Guido), which was released Easter 2004. In addition, he is doing quite a bit of performing as well as conducting songwriting workshops.
At this point in Archies life, he is very aware that his talent and success have all been a gift from God. Archie has had his share of valleys in his life. But he has found that in these valleys is where God molds and prepares you. Now each day, Archie wakes up to serve the Lord with the gifts God has given Him.
With his music.
With his songs.