“… 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 hails from Ottawa, Ontario except for the few months of the winter when she hides out in Arizona. She 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 offers a variety of topics from body image (“Beautiful”) to wanting to marry Rachel Maddow because really, who wouldn’t? Jamie loves being a musician, so she doesn’t really park cars, but her mama said she should have something to fall back on.
Her most recent recording is Songs from Home, written and recorded during the pandemic. 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.
Her 2019 release, The Truth Appears, was also recorded with Stephens and some of the area’s finest musicians. This collection of seventeen originals includes “Between,” a poignant pop/folk song about the gray area between the lines of a relationship, and “A Very Sad Tail,” a dramatic piece co-written by her cat who threatened to shred the furniture if Jamie didn’t record it.
Jamie started releasing albums in the late eighties, selling thousands of albums at a time before YouTube and Spotify. She’s appeared at folk and women’s music festivals, coffeehouses, colleges, pride events, and even made an appearance on CNN where a clip of her performance aired at the top of every hour for one day.
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.