Jamie McDell

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Jamie McDell
Birth name Jamie McDell
Born 3 November 1992
Auckland, New Zealand
Origin Mangawhai, New Zealand
Genres Pop[1]
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2012–present
Labels EMI Music New Zealand
Website www.jamiemcdell.com

Jamie McDell (born 3 November 1992) is a 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 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. 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.

Early life and career[edit]

Jamie McDell was born in Auckland and brought up in a musical family, with a passion for singing and music. She attended Diocesan School for Girls (Auckland) before leaving to attend King's College, Auckland for her final two years.[1] She also loves to surf and skate, and was introduced to sailing and diving through family and friends.[1] She began writing songs as a child with biographical lyrics relating to life events. It has been quoted that McDell "just might be New Zealand's answer to Taylor Swift."[7][8]

Jamie McDell on songwriting:[9]

I write songs about a lot of different things depending on what's happening in my life at the time. Lately my songs have been about relationships, dealing with loss, and wanting to go back to the beach! I can really get inspired by anything.

2012 - present: Six Strings and a Sailboat[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] Her third single, "Life in Sunshine", was released 12 October 2012.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] It peaked at No.8 on the New Zealand Album Charts.[16] An instrumental version of the album was released on 11 January 2013 on the iTunes Store.[17]

Her fourth single, "Angel", was released 1 February 2013.[18]

She wrote the 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.[19] She performed "Ode To the Lines" with Anika Moa at the Global Citizen Concert, held at the Auckland Town Hall on 4 August 2013.[20]

Discography[edit]

Jamie McDell discography
Releases
Studio albums 1
EPs 1
Singles 5
Music videos 4


Studio albums[edit]

Album Album details Charts Certifications
(sales thresholds)
NZ
[21]
NZ
Artist

[22]
Six Strings and a Sailboat 8 2 RIANZ: Gold

Extended plays[edit]

Album Album details Charts Certifications
(sales thresholds)
NZ
Artist

[22]
All That I Wanted - Acoustic EP
  • Released: 4 May 2012
  • Label: EMI Music
  • Formats: Digital download
8 -

Singles[edit]

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 RIANZ: Gold
"Rewind" 30 1 -
"Life in Sunshine" 27 3 RIANZ: Gold
2013 "Angel" - 3 -

Charity Singles[edit]

Year Single
2013 Ode To the Lines

Music videos[edit]

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]


Awards and nominations[edit]

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


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "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. 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. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "iTunes – Music – Rewind – Single by Jamie McDell". itunes.apple.com/nz. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Duncan Greive, "Bieber's 'Boyfriend' at no 2", New Zealand Herald, Apr 11, 2012". nzherald.co.nz. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Album review: Jamie McDell – All That I Wanted – Acoustic EP". grooveguide.co.nz. Gal Stern. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jamie McDell: You'll Never Take That Away". theedge.co.nz. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "You'll Never Take That Away – Jamie McDell – Top 40 Singles". muzic.net.nz. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Top 20 New Zealand Singles Chart – The Official New Zealand Music Chart". nztop40.co.nz. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Rewind – Jamie McDell – Top 40 Singles". muzic.net.nz. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "iTunes – Music – Life in Sunshine – Single by Jamie McDell". Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Dear...". facebook.com/JamieMcDellOfficial. Jamie McDell. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "'Six Strings and a Sailboat' album (acoustic) bonus track info :)". facebook.com/JamieMcDellOfficial. Jamie McDell. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Six Strings and a Sailboat – Jamie McDell – Top 40 Singles". Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "iTunes – Music – Six Strings and a Sailboat (Instrumental Version) – Album by Jamie McDell". Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "iTunes – Music – Angel – Single by Jamie McDell". Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "iTunes – Music – Ode To the Line – Single by Jamie McDell". Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Jamie McDell Facebook 4 August". Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "The New Zealand Top 40 Album Chart - The Official New Zealand Music Chart". nztop40.co.nz. Archived from the original on 2011-12-01. 
  22. ^ a b "Top 20 New Zealand Album Chart - The Official New Zealand Music Chart". nztop40.co.nz. 
  23. ^ "New Zealand Top 40 Single Chart - The Official New Zealand Music Chart". charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 2011-12-29. 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 2012-03-13. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  25. ^ "Jamie McDell - You"ll Never Take That Away (Music Video)". YouTube. 14 March 2012 (2012-03-14). 
  26. ^ "Jamie McDell - Rewind (Music Video)". YouTube. 12 July 2012 (2012-07-12). 
  27. ^ "Jamie McDell - Life in Sunshine (Music Video)". YouTube. 18 October 2012 (2012-10-18). 
  28. ^ "Jamie McDell - Angel (Music Video)". YouTube. 18 February 2013 (2013-02-18). 

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