Miriam Jones has a way of singing the soul back home without putting it to sleep, a feat not easily accomplished in the world of the woman singer songwriter. Poppy and memorable? Yes. Soulful and reflective? Indeed. Folky and human? Absolutely. Jones has a particular gift for writing earth and angels side by side, and a voice suited to sounding them so.
A girl with a long-time passion for singing and songwriting, Jones began pursuing her musical career full tilt after university, immediately self-releasing her first album, Sign & Semblance, a track off which quickly found its way onto a Canadian television series; 2 years later she followed with a folk/pop record under Nashville-based, Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Charlie Peacock, which garnered praise from CBC Radio. Her latest effort, Fire-lives, released in December 2010, was produced in the UK under Matt Hay (has worked with the Who, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams).
Recorded live (main tracking) in Jones’ Oxford terrace with a band of bass, drums, electric guitar and Jones’ own acoustic guitar and straight-forward piano, Fire-lives sparkles with raw spirit and power in a thoughtfully combined set of heartening songs, sometimes buoyant and winsome, at other times slow-burning and dark. Further additions of brass, layered vocals with rich harmonies, cello and percussion result in a lush, distinctive and beautiful album, reminiscent at times of Mumford & Sons folkish energy, and at others of Plant & Krauss’ Raising Sand with its spacey, gritty guitar sounds, percussive-drum treatments, and sweet melodies.
Off the back of this latest album, two of the local musicians with whom it was made have begun to play regularly as a trio with Jones, and together they are called Miriam Jones & the Red Sea. They have opened at the O2 for Gabrielle Aplin, as well as Sandi Thom, are a yearly favourite at Greenbelt Festival in Cheltenham, and were named by Oxfordbands.com as one of their top 20 favorite local artists of last year.
Miriam Jones - ac.gtr, vocals.
Jez Carr - keys, bgvs.
Drummer and bassist on call.
Fire-lives (2010), Inside Free EP (2008), Being Here (2007), Sign & Semblance (2005)
Always Been Between, Fancy Free, Custody - CBC Radio airplay.
Squander, aired on CTV's Falcon Beach, episode 11
Squander and Dust & Sand licensed for indie film 'Within', 2008, director Hanelle Culpepper.
Always Been Between licensed for indie film 'Shadows in the Trees', 2007, director Chris Smith.
Oxford Music Scene Review, Issue 12
Fire-lives could easily have followed Alanis Morisette's Jagged Little Pill.
Channel 4 Music
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Move over KT Tunstall, there’s a new singer songwriter in town. Miriam Jones brings a breath of fres...Move over KT Tunstall, there’s a new singer songwriter in town. Miriam Jones brings a breath of fresh Nashville air to the UK music scene in songs that are both touching and catchy in equal measure.
"I defy anyone not to be charmed by the sheer naturalness of the melodies… "
Charlie Peacock, Sr. A&R Consultant-Sony/ATV
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"Miriam isn't just mining the usual female singer-songwriter vein. She's got some fresh ideas, rhyt..."Miriam isn't just mining the usual female singer-songwriter vein. She's got some fresh ideas, rhythmically and harmonically. It was a privilege to be a part of her new project. I hope lots of people find this music. It's got beauty and surprise all in one package. Which is a lot like life, right?"
Sr. A&R Consultant-Sony/ATV
North By Northwest, CBC Radio One
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"Miriam Jones' sophomore album ‘Being Here’ is a well-written, well-produced effort that found its w..."Miriam Jones' sophomore album ‘Being Here’ is a well-written, well-produced effort that found its way onto our playlist moments after arriving in the mail. Jones' strong songwriting lends itself to a seamless blending of country and pop sensibilities on what is in essence, a lovely folk album. ‘Being Here’ is a fun, sometimes poignant, and entirely enjoyable effort from one of the West Coast's rising young artists."
North By Northwest - CBC Radio ONE
Always Been Between
Dust and Sand
So Well As You
Love Let Me In
I Am One
Dead Man Walking
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