"What originally caught my ear was Jamie's unique vocals -- she alternates a bit between quiet, breathy, more husky timbres before launching in to brighter, stronger, more melismatic riffs. She has a very clear, pure kind of voice, which really compliments her more melodic and simplified writing style."
"In an age where pop music seems to correlate to the masses as Lady Gaga, Jamie brings to us a return to pop music's origin." ... "It's more along the lines of Jewel's Pieces of You album -- quietly thought-provoking, seemingly sweet on the surface with more meaning and feeling hidden underneath the surface. Her vocal style reminded me quite a bit of Sara Bareilles."
"At times, she come across as a bit demure, something I know she's aware of as she describes her own sound as "sweet 'n' powerful" and "endearingly neurotic", something I indeed do adhere to. Overall, I find her very relatable -- as she's able to write about things she knows and flesh them out into something more symbolic."
"I really like her stripped down vocal approach -- it takes away the distraction that lies in over-production and is a reminder that a good song is a good song, and a good vocal is a good vocal. "
"The spotlight is her soft-turning-strong-turning-soft-again voice that really makes me excited for her potential. Somethings you can't learn, you must be born with. As excited as I tend to get when it comes artists at the beginning of their careers, only a fair few can take their lump of clay and construct something truly amazing. I do think that Jamie is well on her way toward exactly this."
Jamie Bendell and music go hand in hand, like the best kind of relationship we’re all looking to find. Growing up, the Bendell Family always had a song to accompany each part of the day. There were wakeup songs, and songs for the day, songs for playtime and songs for clean up. There were songs at meal times and songs about getting wrinkly after staying in the bath for too long. Then, there were the goodnight songs, not forgetting River of Dreams that played on repeat in Jamie’s bedroom, every single evening. It's pretty safe to say that one of the reasons Jamie has decided to follow her dreams of pursuing a career in music is because she has grown up surrounded by a myriad of melodies.
After graduating University, Jamie didn’t even consider looking for jobs related to her studies. Instead, she packed up her car and made the 14-hour drive back up to New York City. Having recently completed a four song EP and a newer six song EP recorded at The Gallery, Jamie has been spending as many nights as possible getting involved with the music scene around Manhattan.
Jamie has been writing songs since fourth grade and crafts her lyrics from experiences, thoughts, stories, and feelings. With her sweet demeanor and soft-spoken voice, Jamie draws people in with unforeseen strength and passion shown in both her vocal performance and songwriting abilities. She will make sure to thank you for listening, truly appreciating music and the fact that listeners are taking time to hear what she has to sing.