Jaymay

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Jaymay
Jaymay 2015.jpg
Jaymay in 2015
Background information
Birth name Jamie Kristine Seerman
Born (1981-01-03) January 3, 1981 (age 35)
New York, United States
Genres Singer/Songwriter
Contemporary folk music
Indie pop
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Typewriter
Labels Jaymay Music
Heavenly Recordings
Blue Note Records
Website jaymaymusic.com

Jamie Seerman is an American folk singer-songwriter from New York. She performs under the name Jaymay.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Jaymay was born Jamie Seerman on January 3, 1981, and was raised on Long Island. For undergrad, she studied at New College of Florida, Columbia University and Hunter College in New York City, as well as Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence, Italy. After graduating from New College in 2003, she moved to NYC, where she began regularly performing at the Sidewalk Cafe’s Open Mic every Monday night.[3]

Career[edit]

Jaymay has played live concerts supporting Bright Eyes,[4] Bon Iver, Beirut,[5] Teddy Thompson,[6] A.A. Bondy,[7] Deer Tick,[7] Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan,[8] Jose Gonzales,[9] Okkervil River,[4] Kevin Devine,[10] Hayden,[11] Tift Merritt,[12] Cherry Ghost,[13] Caribou,[9] Elvis Perkins,[14] Nouvelle Vague,[15] The Bird and the Bee,[15] Jens Lekman,[16] Goldfrapp,[17] and others, and has played festivals such as Glastonbury,[18] Latitude,[19] Edinburgh Fringe, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival,[citation needed] Hillside[20] and more.

The song "Sea Green, See Blue" was featured in the Season 2 finale of CBS's How I Met Your Mother, which aired May 14, 2007.[21]

Jaymay wrote and provided songs and the score to the 2010 film, Happythankyoumoreplease,[22] at the insistence of writer/director/star, Josh Radnor, a longtime fan of Jaymay.[23] "Never Be Daunted" from the film was shortlisted for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences' Best Original Song Academy Award.[24]

Jaymay provided vocals for the cover of the Kinks' "Big Sky" on ''Orchestral Variations V.01'' by The Separate, which was the final album released by Setanta Records in 2012.[25]

In August 2014, a musical based on the album Autumn Fallin' was produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by Anton Benson Productions.

Jaymay's cover recordings of "A Tombstone Every Mile" and "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" were featured in the 2014 film, Stephen King's A Good Marriage.

Jaymay has made television appearances performing on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "Colour Room" in 2008, and "Good Morning" in Romania in 2014.

She has been described by the BBC as being the "darling of the New York 'Anti-Folk' scene",[26] and by the New York Times as a "big name...for the indie universe".[27]

On June 1, 2016, Jaymay announced online that she would be releasing a new album, To Tell The Truth, in conjunction with a PledgeMusic campaign.[28]

Collaborations[edit]

Jaymay has collaborated with Kevin Devine on the songs "Brother's Blood", "Time to Burn" and "Murphy's Song",[29] with Cheyenne on "Write It Down in Red", and with Dirty on Purpose on "Light Pollution" and "Like Bees".

Jaymay provided guest vocals on art-metal band Goes Cube's second full-length studio album, In Tides And Drifts. She is also featured on the My Cousin, The Emperor's songs "Burly, Old Couch" and "Somedays" from The Subway EPs, Vol. I: Prospect Park West, released March 29, 2011.[30]

Jaymay collaborated with K'Naan and was a vocalist on his 2012 EP, More Beautiful Than Silence.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2007: Autumn Fallin'
  • 2016: To Tell The Truth
  • 2016: Fallin' Like Snow

EPs[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • 2014: "You Are The Only One I Love (piano demo)", Friends (Fadeaway Records)[31]
  • 2015: "Pretty Girls Make Graves", Tease Torment Tantalize: A 30th Anniversary Tribute to the Smiths' Debut (Reimagine Music)[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gitner, Jess. "Jaymay: A Short And Sweet Story". NPR. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Appleford, Steve. "For Jaymay, each song is a piece of her soul". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Young singer builds big following with Web exposure - Entertainment". RedOrbit. 2006-08-07. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Jaymay". Spin. 
  5. ^ "The Indie Credential  » jaymay". 
  6. ^ "Van Morrison Disappoints, Jaymay Saves". Gitnerblog. 
  7. ^ a b "Jaymay ++ AA Bondy ++ Deer Tick (tour dates & stuff)". BrooklynVegan. 
  8. ^ "Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan". 
  9. ^ a b "Jaymay Switches Up Her Seasons: Autumn Fallin' to get US Release This Spring". Baeble Music. 26 November 2007. 
  10. ^ Housing Works, Inc. "Live From Home with Kevin Devine - Events — Housing Works". 
  11. ^ "Hayden". 
  12. ^ http://www.tiftmerritt.net/Forums/tabid/55/forumid/1/postid/5173/view/topic/Default.aspx
  13. ^ "Jaymay UK tour at Glee Club on 6 Feb 2008". 
  14. ^ "Elvis Perkins in Dearland / Jaymay @ The Luminaire". Flickr - Photo Sharing!. 
  15. ^ a b "Jaymay: 'Blue Skies'". NPR.org. 15 September 2008. 
  16. ^ "Jens Lekman confirms London date, Bon Iver supports!". The Line of Best Fit. 
  17. ^ "Goldfrapp: Show Review (Beacon Theatre, New York City)". Prefixmag. 
  18. ^ "Jaymay". 
  19. ^ "2007 Latitude Festival Line up". gigwise.com. 
  20. ^ "Past Lineups". 
  21. ^ TV.com. "How I Met Your Mother". TV.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  22. ^ Radnor, Josh (2011-03-03), Happythankyoumoreplease, retrieved 2016-02-09 
  23. ^ "Josh Radnor Interview". www.bullz-eye.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  24. ^ "The National, Mary J. Blige Shortlisted for Original Song Oscar". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  25. ^ "SetantaRecords.com". www.setantarecords.com. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  26. ^ BBC - Folk and Country Review - Jaymay, Autumn Fallin' Archived December 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  27. ^ "Live Rock on a Small Bankroll". The New York Times. 14 December 2007. 
  28. ^ http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jaymaymusic
  29. ^ "Kevin Devine, 'Brother's Blood' (Favorite Gentlemen)". Spin. 
  30. ^ "The Subway EPs, Vol. I: Prospect Park West". My Cousin, the Emperor. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  31. ^ "fadeaway records". fadeaway records. 
  32. ^ "Reimagine". Reimagine Music. 

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