Born in Vancouver and the son of a real estate developer, Jordy Birch stood apart from other kids for his philosophical outlook. But it didn't stop him from occasionally getting into trouble. In the early '90s, Birch formed After All, a pop group that performed around the Vancouver area blending melodic pop and rock. From this group formed Pure, which released three albums from 1992 to 1998. The band occasionally performed at musical showcases as a duo dubbed imPure. In 2000, the group disbanded, and Birch decided to settle down. But within four days of the band's dissolution, he began writing material for a solo project. Paring down some 60 songs into a 12-song effort, Birch signed to Virgin Music Canada in 2001. In January 2002, he released his debut album, Welcome to the Fun Machine, a mix of influences ranging from Beck and T. Rex to the posh pop of Pulp. He has toured with Amanda Marshall and David Usher.