Looking for “Blue Skies”? Check Out Singer/Songwriter, Jamie Bendell for Thoughtful Tunes!
Jamie Bendell has an amazing sound. She reminds me a bit of Joshua Radin mixed with some Jay Nash and a bit of Sara Bareilles.. with her own unique spin.
NY singer songwriter Jamie Bendell performs “Blue Sky Days” from her upcoming EP live at The Cutting Room Studios. For more on Jamie Bendell check out:
For those of us who were directly or indirectly affected by Huricane Sandy, Jamie Bendell released her latest single and video “Blue Sky Days” during a time when a lot of New Yorkers could use some calming music–after Sandy had passed. A native of Roslyn, NY in Long Island, her own family suffered power and heat loss along with millions of others in the NYC area. In addition, Jamie’s CD release show for her upcoming EP Blue Sky Days, scheduled for November 1st in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, was cancelled due to Sandy’s wake. We thought you could post the video in hopes that others who were affected by Hurricane Sandy may find comfort in Jamie’s song.
Ok.. if you listened to this entire podcast– thank you. I found Jamie Bendell to be very authentic, giving of herself in the interview and we just seemed to hit it off. I understood her passion, her music and what drives her to create it, to share it. Hopefully you did too.
About Jamie Bendell
Growing up in Roslyn, NY with a musical family, Jamie Bendell had songs for every aspect of the day: songs for eating, songs for brushing teeth, songs for getting dressed, songs at dinner time and songs before bed. Encouraged by her mother, Jamie began playing piano when she at 5 years old, wrote her first song at age 9, and learned guitar when she was 14.
After earning her business administration degree from Emory University in 2009, Jamie packed up her car and drove 14 hours to the Big Apple to become the musician that she was meant to be. Upon her move, Jamie delved right into performing for open mics six times a week, gigs, guitar lessons, and recording. Since then, Jamie has recorded three EPs: Waiting for Owls in 2009 and Something More, in 2010. In 2011, she recorded her last EP, I’m Not Sorry Anymore, which consists of 3 easy-going pop songs that are about love, epiphany and self-realization.
A self-proclaimed “endearingly neurotic Colbie Caillat”, Jamie admits she pours a lot of her emotions into her lyrics. “Anxiety does play a hand in inspiring my lyrics,” says Jamie. “I over-think things constantly and a lot of my inspiration comes from situations in which I feel confused, or that someone took advantage of me or acted out of line.”
Jamie also writes about the things that drive her mad: love, life, self-doubt and the many other things that weigh her heart down, with a voice that alternates between a breathy timber and a belting soprano.
Despite overcoming obstacles she alludes to in her lyrics, Jamie has garnered attention around the US with a hefty tour schedule, performing in major music venues such as the Highline Ballroom (NYC), Hard Rock Café (Philadelphia), All Asia (Boston), and even in the Theater at Madison Square Garden singing the National Anthem. Other major cities Jamie has toured include Toronto (for NXNE), Albany, Atlanta, Nashville, Austin, Denver, Beaver Creek (CO), Avon (CO), Minneapolis, Chicago, Wakefield (RI), Los Angeles, CA as well as in The Bahamas, Italy and Canada. Named a Clear Channel recommended artist, Jamie has been featured on websites for over 100 adult contemporary radio stations across the country. In addition, Jamie was selected for ASCAP’s Paul Cunningham workshop and performed as a chorus member singing backup for Adam Sandler on Saturday Night Live.
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