Artist of the Week: Jaymay

Jamie Seerman (known as Jaymay in the indie music realm) is a gifted folk singer-songwriter whose pure voice and poignant, poetic lyrics have won the hearts of many adoring fans. Much of that fan base is located in New York City, where Jaymay got her start in the music biz by playing open mic nights around the famed metropolis. As word of her amazing gift spread, her fan base grew in droves; not just around NYC but on the Internet as well.

Having found ample indie success on her own, Jaymay took her time signing with a label, and ultimately ended up with the UK-based Heavenly Records. The label worked with Jaymay to release and distribute her album Autumn Fallin’ overseas. Then her debut album was picked up by Blue Note Records and released in the United States on March 11, 2008.

The album, Autumn Fallin’ reads much like a very personal biography on the life of Jamie Seerman. Each track is a chapter that depicts the details of her experiences in life and love. Jaymay has an amazing way of detailing stories and events, expressing them with ease in a way that is so true and easy to relate to.

The singer cites Bob Dylan as one of her idols and greatest influences, which is appropriate as many have compared her writing style and delivery to the legendary folk singer. They both have a knack for crafting beautifully written lyrics that conjure up vivid imagery and emotion.

Along with the lyrical gifts, Jaymay also has one of the most sincere and melodic voices out there. The conviction and control behind every word is captivating. While her music is rooted in folk, there are tinges of country and even a bit of an old school jazz vibe.

With so much talent and emotion, we can rest assured that the chances of her debut album being her last are extremely slim. Jaymay is not a fly by night sensation; she will be singing songs and winning over fans for many years to come.

Here at BreakThru we’ve become quite fond of the tracks on Jaymay’s debut record. Listen up for tracks like “Gray or Blue”, “Ill Willed Person”, and “Sea Green, See Blue” spinning on your favorite BTR programs. And, if you get a chance, go see Jaymay LIVE!

-Emily

Catch Jaymay LIVE!!!

Jun 16 – Schuba’s – Chicago, IL
Jun 18 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
Jun 19 – Café du Nord – San Francisco, CA
Jun 20 – Doug Fir – Portland, OR
Jun 21 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
Jul 26 – Hillside Festival – Guelph, Ontario, Canada


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