Jamie Scott (born 12 February 1984) is a British singer, songwriter and producer. Jamie Scott also wrote and produced music under the name J.S. Baylin and was the writer and lead vocalist behind the band Jamie Scott and The Town. His music is heavily influenced by 1970s artists like Cat Stevens and James Taylor, and also by neo-soul artists like D'Angelo. He has appeared in Step Up, where he sang on a song on the soundtrack. Scott currently lives in Los Angeles where he is working on his latest collaboration Graffiti6 in collaboration with TommyD and also writes and produces for other artists.
Scott started playing guitar and piano at age seven. He grew up listening to his parents’ classic albums, and was influenced by artists like Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. Inspired by singer/songwriters Simon & Garfunkel, Jamie Scott formed a duo in college and played acoustic shows in London. During this time, a dying aunt bought him a new piano. For the next three years, Jamie Scott spent his time playing records and writing music.
According to his website, Scott never listened to popular, contemporary music while he was growing up. Scott started his musical career by pursuing a publishing deal for music written for someone else to sing. When Jamie Scott sent his demo tape to publishers, they responded that they liked his voice and wanted him to sing the songs for himself. Because of this, Scott signed a contract with Sony Music in 2002. He then teamed up with producer Toby Smith, a former keyboardist from Jamiroquai, to work on his full-length album. As he was working on this album, Jamie Scott played solo shows with only his acoustic guitar. He then played a Blues & Soul magazine tour. Following that, he performed with artists such as Alicia Keys, Ryan Adams, Carleen Anderson, Gabrielle, Kelly Clarkson, Mario Winans, and Ginuwine.
Scott writes music on his guitar and piano, and always starts with the song first. He insists that he cannot write in a format specifically to get onto the radio. Scott’s songwriting is a way for him to make sense of life and relationships. The lyrics for his song "Just" were inspired by The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. According to his website, the song "Searching" is about trying to make it in the record industry and not listening to people who try to bring you down. But it could also apply to any situation where a person lacks confidence, but is trying to appear strong.
Scott’s full-length album, then titled Soul Searching, was scheduled to be out in early 2005. However, due to the merger between Sony and BMG, production got delayed. His song, "Made", is on the soundtrack to the motion picture Step Up. Jamie Scott performs the song in the film, and he also has a brief part as the character Colin. He also plays guitar while Drew Sidora is performing "Til the Dawn".
In 2011, Scott started working with music producer Tommy D, under the name Graffiti6. The duo's song "Stare into the Sun" has been used by The Sun newspaper as part of the "Seize the summer" advertising campaign and also in the Dutch commercial for Wieckse beer. In late 2011, the collaboration found early success with their music being used on a few big television shows including Greys Anatomy, CSI New York and Covert Affairs. The pair signed with Capitol Records in the US. The album Colours was released in early 2012.[dated info]
Scott co-founded management company Big Shy Entertainment in 2010 with business partner Richard Wilson. Big Shy Entertainment looks after Graffiti6, Jamie Scott and Beth Jakob.
Scott & Wilson also co-founded The Angelface in 2012. The Angelface is a publishing and production house which is currently based in Shepherd's Bush, London. The writers and producers include; Jamie Scott, Nick Hartman (writer/producer), Squires (producer/writer) and Mike Lewis (writer).