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Jamie McDell (born 3 November 1992) is an alt-country award winning guitarist and singer-songwriter from Auckland, New Zealand.[1] She was discovered at the age of 16 by EMI Music New Zealand after sending them a demo tape of her acoustic original music.[2] Prior to being signed by a major record label, McDell used various social media outlets to gain exposure, posting YouTube videos – including original songs and cover songs, Twitter and Facebook to get her music out to the masses.

Jamie McDell
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Background information
Born (1992-11-03) 3 November 1992 (age 27)
Auckland, New Zealand
Genresalt-country, country-pop, folk
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2012–present
LabelsIndependent
Websitewww.jamiemcdell.co.nz

She released her debut single, "You'll Never Take That Away", on 20 February 2012, which was certified Gold in New Zealand.[3][4] Following the success of her debut single, McDell released her EP, All That I Wanted - Acoustic EP, on 4 May 2012.[5] Her second single, "Rewind" was released on 13 June 2012.[6] McDell's debut studio album, Six Strings and a Sailboat, was released 16 November 2012 and was certified Gold in New Zealand.

Ask Me Anything, McDell's second studio album, was released 27 March 2015.

McDell's third studio album, Extraordinary Girl, was released on 4 May 2018, independently released and recorded at House Of Blues, Studio D, Nashville Tennessee. The album featured various country musicians such as Kasey Chambers, Bill Chambers and Tami Neilson.

Early life and careerEdit

Jamie McDell was born in Auckland and brought up in a musical family, with a passion for singing and music. Her father Terry McDell, a New Zealand sailing champion (1972 Yachtsman Of The Year) decided the family would live aboard a yacht in the Mediterranean when Jamie was seven years of age.[1] She was introduced to the music of Jimmy Buffett and John Denver and learn't to play the guitar by watching her parents perform these songs on the boat.

Jamie McDell on songwriting:[7]

2012–present: Six Strings and a SailboatEdit

McDell's single, "You'll Never Take That Away", was released to the New Zealand market on 20 February 2012.[3] It was successful on the Official New Zealand Top 40, entering and debuting on the chart at No. 27 on 2 April 2012. The single climbed to No. 11 and spent a total of ten weeks on the chart.[8] The single topped the Top 20 New Zealand Singles chart (which features singles by New Zealand artists) on 30 April 2012, holding the top position for four consecutive weeks.[9] The single was certified Gold on 28 May 2012.[4]

Following the success of her debut single, McDell released a 5-track EP, All That I Wanted - Acoustic EP, featuring acoustic renditions of "You'll Never Take That Away", "Rewind" and three other original songs. It was released via EMI Music New Zealand on 4 May 2012.[5]

Her second single, "Rewind", was released 13 July 2012.[6] It peaked at number 30 on the New Zealand singles chart.[10] Her third single, "Life in Sunshine", was released 12 October 2012.[11] It peaked at number 27 on the New Zealand singles chart.[12]

McDell entered the studio to begin recording her debut studio album in August 2012.[13] The cover art, release date and title for the album, Six Strings and a Sailboat, were revealed on her official Facebook page. The album was released 16 November 2012.[14] It peaked at No. 8 on the New Zealand albums chart.[15] An instrumental version of the album was released on 11 January 2013 on the iTunes Store.[16]

Her fourth single, "Angel", was released 1 February 2013.[17]

She wrote a song called "Ode to the Lines" for Global Citizen. It was released on 26 July 2013 on the iTunes Store with all proceeds going towards helping those living in extreme poverty.[18] She performed "Ode to the Lines" with Anika Moa at the Global Citizen Concert, held at the Auckland Town Hall on 4 August 2013.[19]

Though Jamie began her music career in the commercial Pop music world, she became an independent artist in 2016 and decided to pursue her dream of recording in Nashville. In late 2017 Jamie travelled to Nashville to record an album, solely written by her, with award-winning Australian producer Nash Chambers.

She was named 2018 Top Female Artist by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand at the 2018 Benny Awards.

DiscographyEdit

Jamie McDell discography
Studio albums2
Music videos6
EPs2
Singles6

Studio albumsEdit

Album Album details Charts Certifications
(sales thresholds)
NZ
[20]
NZ
Artist

[21]
Six Strings and a Sailboat 8 2 RMNZ: Gold
Ask Me Anything
  • Released: March 27, 2015
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
7 3
Extraordinary Girl
  • Released: May 4, 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD, digital download
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Notes

  1. ^ Extraordinary Girl did not enter the NZ Top 40 Albums Chart, but peaked at number one on the NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart.[22]

Extended playsEdit

Album Album details Charts Certifications
(sales thresholds)
NZ
Artist

[21]
All That I Wanted – Acoustic EP
  • Release: 4 May 2012
  • Label: EMI Music
  • Formats: Digital download
8
Crash – EP
  • Release: 21 November 2014
  • Label: Universal Music NZ
  • Formats: Digital download

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak Positions Album Certifications
(sales thresholds)
NZ
[23]
NZ
Artist

[24]
2012 "You'll Never Take That Away" 11 1 Six Strings and a Sailboat RMNZ: Gold
"Rewind" 30 1
"Life in Sunshine" 27 3 RMNZ: Gold
2013 "Angel" 3
2014 "Dumb" 37 3 Ask Me Anything
"Crash" 5

Charity singlesEdit

Year Single
2013 "Ode to the Lines"

Music videosEdit

Title Year Director(s) Ref
"You"ll Never Take That Away" 2012 N/A [25]
"Rewind" N/A [26]
"Life in Sunshine" N/A [27]
"Angel" 2013 Garth Badger [28]
"Dumb" 2014 Shae Sterling [29]
"Crash" Anita Ward [30]
"Back of My Mind" 2015 Garth Badger [31]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Awards Year Type Song or album Notes
New Zealand Music Awards 2013 Best Pop Album "Six Strings and a Sailboat" Won
Best Female Solo Artist "Six Strings and a Sailboat" Nominated
Breakthrough Artist of the Year "Six Strings and a Sailboat" Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Jamie McDell Facebook: About". facebook.com/JamieMcDellOfficial. Jamie McDell. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Jamie McDell set to perform at Amazon". scoop.co.nz. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b "iTunes – Music – You'll Never Take That Away – Single by Jamie McDell". itunes.apple.com/nz. Archived from the original on 8 December 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b "'You'll Never Take That Away' is now Gold!". facebook.com/JamieMcDellOfficial. Jamie McDell. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b "iTunes – Music – All That I Wanted (Acoustic Version) – EP by Jamie McDell". itunes.apple.com/nz. Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  6. ^ a b "iTunes – Music – Rewind – Single by Jamie McDell". itunes.apple.com/nz. Archived from the original on 14 November 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Jamie McDell: You'll Never Take That Away". theedge.co.nz. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  8. ^ "You'll Never Take That Away – Jamie McDell – Top 40 Singles". muzic.net.nz. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Top 20 New Zealand Singles Chart – The Official New Zealand Music Chart". nztop40.co.nz. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Rewind – Jamie McDell – Top 40 Singles". muzic.net.nz. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  11. ^ "iTunes – Music – Life in Sunshine – Single by Jamie McDell". Retrieved 24 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Life in Sunshine – Jamie McDell – Top 40 Singles". Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Dear..." facebook.com/JamieMcDellOfficial. Jamie McDell. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  14. ^ "'Six Strings and a Sailboat' album (acoustic) bonus track info :)". facebook.com/JamieMcDellOfficial. Jamie McDell. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  15. ^ "Six Strings and a Sailboat – Jamie McDell – Top 40 Singles". Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  16. ^ "iTunes – Music – Six Strings and a Sailboat (Instrumental Version) – Album by Jamie McDell". Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  17. ^ "iTunes – Music – Angel – Single by Jamie McDell". Retrieved 24 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "iTunes – Music – Ode To the Line – Single by Jamie McDell". Archived from the original on 27 November 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  19. ^ "Jamie McDell Facebook 4 August". Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  20. ^ "The New Zealand Top 40 Album Chart - The Official New Zealand Music Chart". nztop40.co.nz. Archived from the original on 1 December 2011.
  21. ^ a b "Top 20 New Zealand Album Chart - The Official New Zealand Music Chart". nztop40.co.nz.
  22. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  23. ^ "New Zealand Top 40 Single Chart - The Official New Zealand Music Chart". charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 29 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  24. ^ "Top 20 New Zealand Single Chart - The Official New Zealand Music Chart". charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  25. ^ "Jamie McDell - You"ll Never Take That Away (Music Video)". YouTube. 14 March 2012.
  26. ^ "Jamie McDell - Rewind (Music Video)". YouTube. 12 July 2012.
  27. ^ "Jamie McDell - Life in Sunshine (Music Video)". YouTube. 18 October 2012.
  28. ^ "Jamie McDell - Angel (Music Video)". YouTube. 18 February 2013.
  29. ^ "Jamie McDell - Dumb (Music Video)". YouTube. 12 August 2014.
  30. ^ "Jamie McDell - Crash (Music Video)". YouTube. 6 November 2014.
  31. ^ "Jamie McDell - Back Of My Mind ft. Rai Thistlethwayte". YouTube. 27 February 2015.

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