“… a barrel of laughs and a whole bunch of talent.”
– Amanda Putz, CBC Radio
“As a writer, Jamie takes the archetypical forms of folk music and storytelling and turns them on their heads! A fresh (in every sense) and original artist.”
Singer-songwriter-parking lot attendant Jamie Anderson has played her unique original songs in hundreds of venues in four countries including forty-seven US states. Proficient on guitar, ukulele, and mandolin, this musician with an expressive soprano is folk without the Birkenstocks, country without the big hair, and jazz without the weird chords. Her twelve recordings include the 2020 release Songs from Home. Jamie loves being a musician, so she doesn’t really park cars, but her mama said she should have something to fall back on.
Most of Songs from Home was written during the pandemic. When a musician loses months of gigs and is stuck at home, it seems the logical thing to do. She initially went into James Stephen’s Quebec studio (Ian Tamblyn, Lynn Miles) to record one song, “Six Feet Away,” and ended up recording six. Because it wasn’t safe for a whole band in the studio, James and Jamie played all of the instruments: guitar, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, bass, fiddle, tenor guitar, drums, and shaker. Jamie sang all the lead and backing vocals. In addition to the first song Jamie recorded “Marry Me,” a love song to Rachel Maddow (she’s married but if you’re going to dream, dream big), “Scene from a Café”, about running into an ex, and “Remember Me,” one long merry complaint about being a ukulele player where Jamie plays part of “Smoke on the Water” and yes, “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.” “Listen to Your Heart” covers more serious fare, homophobia and racism.
Jamie started releasing albums in the late eighties, selling thousands of albums at a time before YouTube and iTunes. She jokes that she’s easily bored so this genre hopping singer-songwriter has recorded just about every style except opera and only because it’s usually in German or Italian.
Jamie’s also an author. Her memoir, Drive All Night, was published in 2014. Her second book, An Army of Lovers: Women’s Music of the Seventies and Eighties, came out in 2019 Her extensive writing credits also include book chapters, articles, and CD reviews in Acoustic Guitar, Curve, SingOut! and more.
Awards include finalist in non-fiction for An Army of Lovers (GCLS 2020), Drive All Night (GCLS 2015), Best Jazz Song from RightOutTV (2014), the Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music (Women in the Arts, 2006), and others that only her mama cares about.
Jamie’s expressive voice and personable stage manner are an asset to any stage. She’s legally blind in one eye so you really don’t want to hand over the keys to your Volvo … although, with enough chocolate, she’ll consider it. Make sure your insurance is up-to-date.