For nearly a decade, Jamie Drake has been a hidden gem within the Los Angeles folk scene. Having sung alongside and collaborated with artists as varied as Jim James, Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), Moby, Ed Helms, Glen Phillips, Sara and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), Willie Watson, Susanna Hoffs,Tim Robbins, in addition to frequently lending her voice to film and television (she co-wrote and performed the theme for the upcoming CW show, Life Sentence), Jamie now turns to her own solo efforts with the forthcoming release of her sophomore album, set for release in late 2018. In it, she mixes her folk traditions with modern sounds and adds a generous dose of adventure into uncharted and original musical territory that is wholly her own.
With family roots that include traveling gospel singers, a country songwriter for a father, and a singing nurse for a mother, Drake was bound to be musical. Her first instrument was a piano that she'd come home to after school and play by ear. When the piano fell off a moving truck, she took up the guitar, learned a few chords, and wrote her first song at 17. Songwriting became a therapeutic outlet for Drake. She grew up in an intense family environment that included moving around the country and constantly being uprooted. Drake discovered a certain kind of joy in musical theater, and attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC after high school. Marrying at the age of 21 and a house wife for most of her 20's, she worked as a stylist in music video productions with her director spouse. When the marriage split amicably, she found herself thrown into the life of an artist overnight and took on both the hope and the burden of pursuing musical truths needed to be created and told with the fervor of someone who had been given a second chance at life. Her 2010 debut, "When I Was Yours," reflects on this loss with honesty and hope. Eventually her love of folk music and musical theater came together in her starring roles as folk heroes (Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Sis Cunningham) in the off Broadway folk musical, "Lonesome Traveler." The New York Times said she quietly claimed the show's best moment while embodying Judy Collins in a revelatory version of "Turn, Turn, Turn." She has had a heavy and varied output of material since her debut, helping spearhead various projects and releases (Nobel, Dear Lemon Trees, The Bitter Branches) and looks forward to the release of the culmination of all her work this year in "Everything's Fine," co-produced with long-time collaborator, AJ Minette.
Radio Premier of WONDER, on The Bluegrass Situation Radio Hour
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