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‘Voice’ Winner Jordan Smith Shares What Inspired His Song For Céline Dion

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

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If you’re wondering what The Voice Season 9 winner Jordan Smith has been up to lately, the answer is writing a song for Céline Dion. You may not have realized it, but the song “Ashes,” from last year’s movie Deadpool 2, was co-written by Jordan. In a new video from The Voice, he talks about the experience.


Jordan explains that the song first came to him when he was driving in his home state of Kentucky, thinking about a couple he knew who was “going through a difficult time.” He started singing a melody as “a prayer for them.” That turned out the be the beginnings of “Ashes,” which he recorded on his phone.

The song’s chorus reminds the listener, “Let beauty come out of ashes.” As Jordan says, “I know things seem dark and messed up, but if at all possible, let beauty come out of the ashes of this fire that they’re going through at the moment.”


A couple of weeks later, he was in the studio working on the song with co-writers Petey Martin and Tedd T. They ended up presenting the song to Deadpool 2 director David Leitch and actor Ryan Reynolds. You can hear Jordan’s demo of the song below.

As if it wasn’t cool enough to have Céline Dion sing his song, Jordan also went to Las Vegas to see her show at Caesars Palace. Céline put a spotlight on him and let everyone know he wrote the song. “It was absolutely insane,” Jordan said.


To top it all off, he said that a number of people sent him messages sharing what the song meant to them, whether they were having marriage troubles or were in the hospital. It just goes to show not only the power of music, but also how shows like The Voice can launch artists onto meaningful career paths.

If you’re wondering what else Jordan Smith has been up to since winning The Voice, he released his first album Something Beautiful in 2016, and followed it up with Only Love last year. He also married his longtime girlfriend, Kristen Denny, in 2016.

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Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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