Turning fifty was both beautiful and tragic…okay maybe light on the pretty and heavy on enlightening. I’ve learned to push the term “icon” as opposed to that “older guy” LOL.
As an artist and song-writer I do feel young. I feel I’m writing the best songs of my career, and now it’s up to me find the ears to hear it. “Let’s Get Our Forget On” is the first release from my new CD due out this fall 2012. I’ve often been on the edge of Country music and occasionally in the center of it. I’m ready to wade into the middle again…not because I’ve changed, but the stream has widened and shifted slightly. But what the heck, I hear life begins at 50.
Jamie lives in Kitchener-Waterloo, but was raised in Hanover Ontario, where he pursued an adolescent dream of playing hockey professionally in the NHL, with music as a background distraction. When he realized that his natural abilities for singing and playing guitar might make it easier to attract the attention of girls, he hung up his blades. It was a logical progression for a sensitive guy who wrote poetry and short stories throughout his high school years.
His interest in music was likely genetic, since his mother sang and played piano, and his father played guitar and mandolin. Jamie had piano lessons at age 5 and guitar lessons at age 8, and by the time he was 10 years old, it was traditional for the Warrens to entertain after Saturday night euchre games (a Canadian card-game institution) in their smoke-filled basement. His earliest influences were whatever his parents listened to on the radio, and the only thing his parent’s radio seemed to play was country music. To this day, he’s still a huge fan of Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline. Later, in high school, his best friend’s older brother’s record collection exposed him to celebrated vocal groups like The Eagles, America, Poco and CSNY. Lately, he feels an affinity for Texas singer-songwriters like Radney Foster, Lyle Lovett and Rodney Crowell.
Attending Conestoga College to study Broadcasting, Jamie’s goal was to become the youngest general manager of a mid-market radio station, but he emerged with a desire to sing for a living. What changed his mind? Jamie won a regional talent show at London Ontario’s Western Fair, which sent him to Memphis Tennessee for an international competition, where he placed second. Jamie remained in Memphis, pondering his career potential as a singer while he worked a one-year gig at Libertyland Theme Park. He still feels a connection to the city that started it all for him, thinking of Memphis like a gentle woman who taught him how to love.
Returning to Canada, he began an association with producer J. Richard Hutt, who produced “Right Here Right Now” and all of Jamie’s previous recordings, but who initially engaged Jamie as a singer for jingles he produced out of his Kitchener-based Cedartree Studios. “I didn’t have a clue what I was doing” says Jamie, “but Rick had a lot of patience”. He must have learned something from the experience, because his first Top Ten hit came shortly thereafter, with “Take Me Home Mississippi” and subsequently, a win as New Artist of The Year at the 1985 RPM Big Country Awards.
Five more singles were released from that album but Jamie’s particular style of country didn’t sit well with either ‘80’s country radio or the Nashville labels he almost convinced to sign him (they passed on Jamie in favour of a fellow named Randy Travis). In the interim, he got married and had two kids, playing locally in small clubs to pay the bills.
In 1993, Jamie was convinced that both radio and Nashville might have relaxed enough to make room for him again, and he released “Fallen Angel” on River North/Mercury Records, which yielded an enduring fan favourite and radio hit, “One Step Back”. The success of this record was followed closely and even more impressively, by the album “Just Not The Same”, which surrendered several Top Ten singles and led to a handful of JUNO and CCMA nominations in multiple categories including wins for Independent Song of the Year and Independent Male Artist of the Year. Since then, Jamie released the critically acclaimed “Really” in 2003, and a career retrospective collection of greatest hits in 2005 under the title “Make Me Believe”. In 2008, Jamie released the very personal “Right Here Right Now”.
The CD was a frank and personal reflection on Jamie’s life and experiences, like a man having a conversation with himself in the mirror. Maybe the big questions don’t all yield answers; maybe you only learn enough to write a song about it. In 2010 he released “Howl At The Moon”, and as a writer he continued to ask hard questions, but this time with a kinder tone as he closed in on turning 50. At this point in Jamie’s career maybe prolific would be an appropriate adjective. This new CD will be his 3rd release in less than 6 years. It is yet untitled but will be released in Nov 2012. Jamie is 51 now and just getting started….
By "Brian Brant"
And now as they say "The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree" Jamie now has his children Katy and Josh making and writing tunes and recording the tracks. I'm sure that their dad had some influence on them for sure. You can find the tunes that Katy and her Dad Jamie recorded on www.crapradio.net along with possibly even some new stuff from Jamie's latest “Let’s Get Our Forget On” and Katie's new recording track "Tired".
Josh is not to far behind his dad and sister's influence and very soon he'll be punching out his own stuff,stay tuned and tune in to www.crapradio.net to request some songs by Jamie and Katy maybe even Josh.
Just when you think you know a band.
Just when you think you know Florida Georgia Line because you've heard their debut songs a million times, you realize you don't know much about them at all.
That's how I felt after watching their episode of Inside Fame, the CMT biography series, that premiered Thursday night (May 22).
I mean, I knew the basics.
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley met at Belmont University in Nashville, started making music, produced an EP and then moved pretty quickly from the lobby bar of Nashville's Hotel Indigo to sharing an arena stage with Luke Bryan.
But learning all about what happened before Belmont taught me that I barely knew Hubbard and Kelley at all.
Did you know Kelley could do a sweet cover of John Michael Montgomery's "Sold (Grundy Country Auction)"?
Did you know he learned to love country music by riding in the car with his big sister who loved Garth Brooks, Alabama and Brooks & Dunn?
And that he graduated from high school with honors?
That's all important because it's those little moments that led him to start making music so early. By the time Kelley went off to college, he'd already had a head start writing songs when he was still in high school.
"I always had a thing with words and poems and always liked writing papers for school," Kelley said. "And I was very intrigued by the way that you could take words and turn them into a melody and make a song and tell a story in three or four minutes. And growing up in church and having a faith background, the first music I wrote was Christian music."
There is even some video of Kelley in his college dorm singing an original song that included the lyrics, "I thought to myself/If she's got a man/I'll have to steal her away."
Fast forward almost 10 years, and Kelley has turned that love of words and storytelling into the kind of country that some have dismissed as not very country at all.
Those criticisms don't bother Scott Borchetta, the head of their record label.
"If you don't like it, it's not for you," he said. "So turn it off."
Inside Fame airs Sunday (May 25) at 10 a.m. ET/PT on CMT, but you can watch the full episode online at CMT.com.
Ok, Destiny’s Child is not officially reunited.
But Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé Knowles did just prove, again, that they still know how to come together for some of that old DC magic Wednesday (May 21) with the release of the very uplifting, “Say Yes!”
The song, which is the lead single for Williams’ upcoming fourth solo album, Journey to Freedom, is a remake of a time-honored Nigerian gospel hymn, “When Jesus Says Yes.”
This ain’t your typical church song, though. The ladies manage to lift up Jesus while singing in perfect harmony over a very catchy, uptempo, and dare I say it, pop beat, with a classic choir chorus: “When Jesus says yes, nobody can say no/ When Jesus says yes, nobody can say no.”
Michelle takes the lead, then passes the baton to Bey, who then lets Kelly sing anchor leg, each singing the phrase, “I’m not worried about a thing, cause I know you are guiding me/where you lead me Lord I will go, I have no fear cause I know who’s in control.”
According to Hot 97’s Miss Info, the triumvirate also shot a video for the record to support Michelle’s new LP, which is slated to arrive later this year.
Miranda Lambert debuted her long-awaited duet with Carrie Underwood, ‘Something Bad,’ from her upcoming ‘Platinum’ album at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.
The two singers traded off lines for the rocking tune, sounding as much like an Aerosmith song as the next country hit. Standing close to each other throughout the entire song, the pair showed undeniable chemistry, both as singers and friends on and off stage.
Although the song has yet to be released as a single, Lambert says she was eager to debut it during tonight’s ceremony.
“I’m a huge Carrie Underwood fan,” Lambert says. “‘Somethin’ Bad’ is a meshing of our styles, and there aren’t many female collaborations in our format, so I’m really excited to be debuting it on the Billboard Awards.”
Lambert admitted she was nervous recording with Underwood, so taking the stage with the powerhouse vocalist was undoubtedly even more nerve-wracking for the songstress.
“Singing with Carrie Underwood is very, very intimidating. I’ll be honest. She is an amazing vocalist,” Lambert admits. “Asking her to do [the duet] was nerve-wracking. I sent her an e-mail, a long, blabbing e-mail about if she wanted to sing on the record, it could be cool, but maybe she didn’t want to, and if she liked the song, but she didn’t have to like the song … and when I sent it, I thought, ‘This sounds ridiculous.’”
‘Platinum’ will be released on June 3,2014
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her sister Solange, and husband Jay Z have spoken out and are ready to move on from the “unfortunate incident” surrounding a leaked elevator video that captured a private family feud.
“As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it,” the trio said in an exclusive statement to the Associated Press on Thursday. “Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.”
Earlier this week TMZ posted a three-minute video showing Solange attacking Jay Z in an elevator at a Met Gala afterparty at New York City’s Standard Hotel. The employee who leaked the footage has since been fired.
“The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false,” the statement continued. “At the end of the day families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”
Speculation has been running rampant about what triggered the incident, but over the course of the past few days both Beyoncé and Solange have shown a united front, posting photos of themselves in happier times on their respective Instagram accounts.
Cassey Kassem Found:
One day after his family filed a missing person’s report, radio legend Casey Kasem’s location has been confirmed. According to reports, the 82-year-old former “American Top 40″ host, who suffers from a progressive type of dementia, was tracked down in Washington state in an undisclosed location.
“The family has grave concerns about his medical care,” a Kasem family spokesperson said in a statement. “The Kasem family will do everything in their power to bring their father home.”
Daughter Kerri, who was granted a temporary conservatorship by a judge on Monday, added, “We are grateful to local authorities for finding my Dad… We are one step closer to bringing him home.”
According to CNN, sheriff’s deputies in Kitsap County, Washington, performed a welfare check on Tuesday at an address provided by California Adult Protective Services. While there, authorities found Kasem and his wife visiting some unidentified people at a home, where the couple told deputies they were on vacation. Deputies left after determining that Kasem, who is no longer able to speak due to his illness, was not in any distress.