After a decade behind the scenes in Los Angeles collaborating with artists as varied as Jim James, Ed Helms, Peter Yarrow and Moby, in addition to co-writing and lending her voice to the theme for the CW show, Life Sentence, Jamie Drake has been honing her craft. "Everything's Fine," is the culmination of this emergence; a breathtaking embrace of humanity, heartbreak and hope, wrapped in luxurious orchestrations reminiscent of Van Dyke Parks and Jon Brion, delivered in Drake's creamy vocal stylings, while maintaining a timeless nod in her songwriting - derivative of varied musical influences ranging from Harry Nilsson, to Joni Mitchell, to Sufjan Stevens. Drake takes center stage with her first major solo release in over five years with this effort, set to release in 2019.
Equal parts cutting and gauzy, alt-folk upstart Jamie Drake’s lilting vibrato is the centerpiece of her Sitch Session performance of “Allison.”
Jamie Drake, embodying Judy Collins, quietly claims the show's best moment with a revelatory version of "Turn, Turn, Turn."
- The New York Times
Her songs contain that mystical quality us music writers like to call “soul”. An indefinable sense to discern art from commerce. So, mercurial songs like the defiant Plumbline, the ethereal Beautiful and the spectral Being Alone recall the past and present poles of the rustic cow-blues of Bob Dylan (circa John Wesley Harding) and J Tillman. More traditional folk songs like Could It Be You?, Enough and Daydream provide the earthy anchor for Drake’s occasional flights of fancy. I am rather impressed by the fact that there’s very little on this album that sounds remotely “modern” and would sit nicely amongst a playlist of Judee Sill, Karen Dalton, Sandy Denny and the Roches. An accomplished album from an intriguing singer-songwriter. One to keep an eye (and ear) on.
- Power of Pop
Plumbline, by Jamie Drake is one of those songs that I was swept away with upon the first listen. I love songs that remind me of Emily Dickinson poems: a beautiful idea that is instantly transferred to the listener upon the first hearing, but that over time unravels itself to reveal something deeper.
Jamie Drake is one of the most talented and amazing artists I have worked with at PledgeMusic. Both recorded and live I have had the pleasure of watching Jamie move from strength to strength. From Plumbline to Maple Street being stuck forever in my head from the first listen, discovering Jamie's music has been an amazing and rare pleasure.
- Benji Rogers - Founder PledgeMusic
On first listen, Drake's song's are unmistakably good. Upon subsequent listens, they're brilliant.
- Colette Weintraub - Rockisagirlsbestfriend.com
I really believe that Jamie is an artist that can, and will, be around for a long time. She will be an important artist that you should all run to discover.
- Michael Rosenblatt - LP33.tv