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Jamie Leonhart: Bio

"Idiosyncratic singer-songwriters are so much in vogue right now that a free-thinking talent like Jamie Leonhart has a shot at mainstream crossover success. Leonhart's songs can be smart, whimsical or atmospheric, and her strong melodic sense and soulful feel can handle jazzy downtempo or folk-pop (imagine Feist, Laura Nyro and Corinne Bailey Rae on a bicycle built for three)." Nick Dedina, Rhapsody.com

"...introspective, contemplative, melancholy and dreamy all at once...a consistently impressive outing from this New York City based singer/songwriter." Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

Drawing comparisons to the likes of Norah Jones, Feist, Madeleine Peyroux and even Sarah Vaughan, the sharp-witted chanteuse Jamie Leonhart continues to develop as an artist who refuses to be categorized, dynamic in emotional range and diverse in genre-crossing ability. Jamie's lithe and lyrical, three-and-a-half octave voice wraps around universe in which Kurt Weill and Laura Nyro meet Alice in Wonderland in a dimly-lit jazz club, inhabited by woodwinds, strings, vibraphone, and exotic instruments like the glockenspiel, mellotron and harmonium. Born in New York City, the granddaughter of a cantor, and the youngest of three musically-curious children, Jamie began studying the violin at the age of three and singing soon after. Her inspiration to find her own voice began in her early teen years while singing in a vocal jazz ensemble, and at home foraging through her brother's expansive eclectic record collection. After graduating with a degree in English Literature from Barnard College, Jamie continued her musical journey: through leading a 'pop' band, to singing as a soloist in the New York Metro Mass Gospel Choir to performing as a solo artist at prominent New York venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, the Living Room, and Joe's Pub. Jamie writes about many things: love, vulnerability, perspective, patience, and trust. "These songs talk about the truth … the truth about being uncomfortable, fitting in or not fitting in, and addressing and sometimes accepting flaws and faults," Leonhart says. "A lot of the tunes explore that: the human condition in its most basic form. The more intimate and specific I am with my lyrics, the more I hear from people that a song really 'spoke to them' – that I captured the sentiment that they were struggling to put to words, or felt alone in. So something very personal and intimate becomes universal." Jamie has performed as a soloist from the stages of great New York Institutions including Avery Fisher Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to intimate venues such as Joe’s Pub and Rockwood Music Hall. Jamie is employed as both a voice actor and vocalist for television and radio (Betty Crocker, Kohl's, HomeGoods, Lifetime, Oxygen, TRESemmé, Neutrogena brand, Johnson & Johnson, Bratz brand dolls, etc.) and also works extensively as a background and session singer (Donald Fagen, Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, St. Vincent, Paul Brill, Judy Kuhn and more.)

Jamie had the honor of singing on Donald Fagen's record, Sunken Condos, (Warner Brothers) and on Jane Siberry's latest oeuvre, produced by Peter Keiswalter.