With the end of the year coming
to a close, most music artists whether old or new normally hold
off releasing their new material until the new year comes round
but that's not the case for this up and coming talent from my native
His name is Jamie
Scott, a 21 year old caucasian singer/songwriter from
the suburbs of Surrey, UK who's making a name for himself in his
native land and looks to do the same here in the states with his
debut release 'Soul Searching'
(Sony Music - UK).
As a youngster, Jamie grew
up obsessed with music (and still is to this day). He has fond memories
of playing his parents' collection of classic albums from the 60s
and 70s and was very much influenced by them. "I'm lucky that
I've never listened to a lot of pop radio so I haven't been influenced
by that. All I've listened to all my life is old school. And when
you don't listen to modern day music and you're reared on a constant
diet of Marvin and Stevie and Donnie Hathaway, you develop an ear
for a tune. That's all I've ever been interested in." said
Jamie on a recent interview.
With that kind of listening
ear, the talented singer has emerged himself as a fine songwriter
too writing material meant to be sung by others. Jamie sent off
a demo tape to labels with the intention of seeking a publishing
deal and not a recording contract. Said Jamie "The publishers
got back the next day and wanted to sign me. Then within a week
I got offered a better deal by someone else. But both of them liked
my voice and said I should be singing the songs myself."
So he did and would sign with
Sony Music in late 2002. With
the deal in place, the next step was to find himself a producer.
By some strange coincidence, Jamiraquai's
Toby Smith had just left the
group and was looking for new projects, they met and hit it off
immediately and so they team up. The result is the debut album from
Jamie called 'Soul Searching'.
The lead off single from the
album is 'Just', a refreshing
yet sombering, feels good number that is deliberately suave in structure
and yet confident but diverse in it's delivery. Jamie's vocals shines
throughout the song, while the production is given top notch priority.
Although it's original format is acoustic, the version on display
here today is the 'Soulchild rmx'
that borrows the baseline groove from Musiq's
'ForTheNight' track. A well
balanced effort from the youngster who writes with depth and feeling
when it comes to his music.
"With a lot of r&b
today, you take away the beat and you don't have a track,"
Jamie says. "For me the song always comes first. I write on
the guitar. I don't sit down at the computer and get a groove and
then try to graft a song onto it. I always start with a song and
that's the basis of everything I do."
The album called Soul
Searching is due out in the first quarter of next year
and you can bet that with tracks like this, the album is bound to
climb the charts. One for the Christmas shopping list me thinks
- a TY-D Pick
Listen to Jamie
Scott - 'Just
(Soulchild rmx) '