SEASIDE - Her singing has been called "honey-hued, meltingly sensual, arresting, sensitive, powerful." Audiences often compare her vocals to everyone from pop singers Sade and Des'ree to legendary jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughn. For the past few years, Pamela Jordan has carved out a niche for herself as a jazz chanteuse playing clubs and coffee houses - and working as the featured vocalist for the Woody Hite and Dr. T. Big Band Orchestras.

Jordan was selected from more than 700 contestants as a finalist for the 1999 Lilith Fair Opening Act Contest. She also won the Portland Songwriters Association National Songwriting Contest's pop category for her song, "The Fall of Love."

Her first CD, "Standard Procedure," garnered critical acclaim for her rich, warm sound and masterful interpretation of jazz standards. The Portland-area native is busily crafting original songs for her next recording - due out in late spring.

Jordan performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at the Magnolia Lounge at Lil' Bayou Restaurant, 20 N. Holladay Drive. Cover charge is $3.

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