Jamie Alimorad
Gig Seeker Pro

Jamie Alimorad

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Rock Pop

Calendar

This band hasn't logged any future gigs

Oct
14
Jamie Alimorad @ Highline Ballroom

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Apr
08
Jamie Alimorad @ National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington, D. C., Washington, D.C., United States

Washington, D. C., Washington, D.C., United States

Oct
28
Jamie Alimorad @ Butterflies Radio

Ormond Beach, Florida, United States

Ormond Beach, Florida, United States

Music

Press


Here's a fun new twist on a staple of the site. Take "If Music Were Food", with yours truly, and add in the artist whose music you'll be basing it off of! That's what's happening today as we delve deep into Words Left Unsaid with Jamie Alimorad himself.

No long introductions this time -- we're jumping right into it, so hold on tight!


What If Words Left Unsaid by Jamie Alimorad Were Food? -- A Track-by-Track, Dish-by-Dish Investigation

Jamie Alimorad: Comparing Words Left Unsaid to food is something I've honestly never done, but when you brought it up to me, my wheels got turning and I had a lot of fun coming up with dishes and snacks that I could compare my songs to. I'm excited to see what you came up with! I think we'll have some common choices or some things similar.

Jonathan Frahm: I'm so glad you decided to do this feature with me, man, and especially glad that you came up with some cool dishes and snacks for the occasion! We'll see where it goes, that's for sure. I've gone pretty out there with my food comparisons thus far... let's find out what the next caterpillar sandwich will be!

Track 1: "Tiffany"
JA: The best way for me to describe "Tiffany" is hot wings. It's the first song on the album and every good first song sets up the whole album. "Tiffany" has some attitude to it, it's got some kick! But it also has some sweetness with the melody and harmonies. A hot wing will have that sweetness to it when you bite in, but then you get the kick! The more you eat, the hotter the kick and it sets you up for your meal.

JF: You know what? I can actually concur with you on that. "Tiffany" is one heck of a way to start out an album. I love its genuine rock style. It's right on the money with the attitude without sacrificing emotion. It's got a kick, and it'll make you cry. It's hot wings. The spiciest hot wings at the hot wing restaurant nearest you.

JA: Order up!

Track 2: "Dancing With You"
JA: "Dancing With You" is up next, but I have to skip to dessert for this one. "Dancing With You" reminds me of a rainbow sprinkle cookie. Straight from the bakery! It's a 3 minute pop song. Sweet, colorful, exciting and fun. That's how I describe a rainbow sprinkle cookie. Man they're good!

JF: There's definitely this overarching psychedelic pop element that's very prominent on the song. It's been forever since I've had a rainbow sprinkle cookie, and that's actually ANOTHER great way to describe it! Not wanting to just directly agree with you again though for variety's sake, I'll add this: these are special cookies. This is Words Left Unsaid that we're talking about. These cookies come in a cookie jar. A Mr. T cookie jar. http://simpletreats.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/weird-cookie-jars-41.jpg

JA: I PITY DA FOO THAT DON'T WANT RAINBOW SPRINKLE COOKIES IN MY HEAD!!!!

Track 3: "Can't Stop Thinking About You"
JA: I'm gonna stick with something sweet when I move to "Can't Stop Thinking About You"... A mango smoothie. "Can't Stop Thinking About You" has a lot of long notes, pedal tones and sustains, with a think sound. The vocals have this floaty, liquid texture in the verses and then hit it big in the choruses. The layered sound makes me think of digging deep with all that flavor.

JF: Oh gosh. I love mango smoothies, and pina colada smoothies. I already know what I'm choosing for this one. That's right....

Ube ice cream. I grew up with this Filipino treat and, while it may be purple potatoes, they're sweet and they taste good. Just like "Can't Stop Thinking About You" would be if it were food, because it's already one of those things. (Yep. It tastes good.)

JA: Purple potatoes?! That's awesome! I want to have this! I like to relate songs to colors and purple definitely fits with "Can't Stop Thinking About You". I always think of blue, but you can't have purple without blue.

JF: That's definitely right. Purple can't be made without blue. It's like having Grimace but no Cookie Monster in 1900s popular culture. It just wouldn't make sense. Ube ice cream has a slightly thicker, richer texture than most ice creams as well, so that would work well given your context, too! Actually, a mango smoothie with a scoop of ube, together, sounds like a winning combo.

JA: I'm in for all this.

JF: Boom. http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l4i1z3JfRH1qc4p17o1_400.jpg

JA: Wow! That looks fantastic! ... What does it taste like?

JF: Mild and a little less sweet than you'd imagine, but still sweet enough and with a distinct taste that I can only describe as... purple. It tastes purple.

JA: If it melts, it's purple rain.

Track 4: "Someday, Somewhere"

JA: I don't know if it's the fact that I wrote "Someday, Somewhere" based on an evening in Phoenix, AZ or that it has a country vibe to it, but it makes me think of tacos.

JF: I just had tacos! Since it's based on an Arizona evening, we can toss in something unique to the area, like prickly pear salsa or something. It's good, and there's some mixed with mango as well. What else would be in these tacos? We're not just in the music industry; we're on-the-spot professional chefs.

JA: I can't lie, I love gorditas. I know it's different, but to me it's a glorified taco.

JF: I haven't had one of those in forever and now you're making me crave food that I can't make at 10 pm!

JA: The best tacos I've ever had, by the way, are in Phoenix. I was staying in the Holiday Inn Phoenix Downtown-North, sitting by the pool and the song took shape. At the hotel, I had taco lasagna and it was phenomenal!

...I pretty much ate that all week, so tacos.

Track 5: "Weapon"

JA: "Weapon" for me is a sizzilin' fajita. The song starts with that fuzz, distortion and it reminds me of a sizzlin' plate. Then it kicks into the riff and we're off. It's intense! There's kind of a mystery feel to the second verse and it reminds me of being timid to take a bite out of it because you're worried it's still hot or spicy. Non-stop intensity!


JF: Every element of "Weapon" that you've mentioned has a great deal to do with why it's one of my favorite tracks on Words Left Unsaid. There's a real bite to it and you make every stop to really rock the entire track. This is real, blazin' rock and roll. Straight from the gut. Because I think so highly of the song, I'll take your fajita and raise it with some sriracha to toss on top of it. It's a major part of my daily food routine. I'm not joking. It's a grand honor for a dish to have it placed upon it in the JNoodles household!


JA: Hot damn! I love it!

JF: I have four separate types of sriracha in my house right now, in fact, and I have a packet of red peppers in my pocket. You could say I'm hot... only literally. Not figuratively. I'd put all of those things on "Weapon".

Track 6: "That's What She Said"

JF: The latest single is next on the hitlist, I see.

JA: Indeed it is! "That's What She Said"!

JF: I feel something spicy coming up again, but that's just me.

JA: "That's What She Said" combines hard rock with elements of dance. I wanted something futuristic when I was working on the arrangement. I think of Tomorrow Land in Disneyland and Magic Kingdom. I don't necessarily get a particular food when I think of it, but I have the setting. Something spacey, or an 80's version of what space would be like.


JF: So I wasn't wrong comparing it to an 80s kind of sound in my mind? Sweet! For some reason, lyrically, it reminds me of something spicy. "You tell me 'go slow, I don't want to feel the pain'," may have absolutely nothing to do with ghost pepper salsa, but it almost reminds me of ghost pepper salsa, because I had ghost pepper salsa once and I went slow with it alright... while taking in an entire tablespoon on a single chip. Best mistake of my life. It can be ghost pepper salsa in space, perhaps. With chips?

JA: Chips or a fajita... taco crust. Yeah, it definitely has a spice element to it [too].

JF: Words Left Unsaid is quickly becoming my favorite Mexican restaurant.

JA: Muy picante!

Track 7: "Beautiful"

JA: Again, this is a song written in Arizona and it reminds me of a desert evening... A margarita on the sand. Sweet, salty, with a little kick.

JF: I can't deny that, man. "Beautiful" is the type of song that, when I listen to it, makes me feel reflective, but good. It has this whole airy, ethereal composure for me that just takes you over as a listener because it's so potent in its message. Something tasteful like a fine margarita is just a great way to describe it.

JA: Since we're talking about food, it makes me think of the chef, and since I wrote these songs, that makes me the chef. I can remember writing this song at my desk in the hotel room. Looking out at the Phoenix skyline overlooking the pool. The way the stars glistened in the water. It was calming, soothing but there was pain. Writing "Beautiful" was like making a drink at the end of a long day.

JF: It sounds like you had a very inspired time while down in Phoenix. We really do have some of the best skylines in Arizona. Very wide-open and bright, and perhaps even more beautiful with the stars at night. You don't get them in every city, so it's a treat.

Well, I have to head out unfortunately (emergency!), but feel free to wrap up your comparisons in chat!

...

Track 8: "Get You Back"

JA: "Get You Back" is a funky song. It does a lot in a short amount of time. I had a deli I frequented in high school where I ordered a breaded chicken sandwich with lettuce, onions, sweet peppers and honey mustard. They named it after me and put it on their menu. "The Jamie". It was the perfect combination of sweet and juicy. "Get You Back" brings in those elements with rock and funk.

Track 9: "Does It Really Have To End This Way"

JA: I'm keeping with the theme of colors for "Does It Really Have To End This Way". It makes me think of yellow. Food wise, it takes me to Thai and that's because I came up with this melody outside the steps of the Boston Symphony Hall and across the street is a Thai restaurant. I can't shake that image. It's a perfect flashback, complete with car horn at the appropriate time. I've also mentioned in the past that the guitar solo was inspired by "Johnny B. Goode" in Back To The Future so a diner always comes to mind too. Hamburgers and shakes. That and Thai food completely go together? Right?

Track 10: "Crawling Back To Me"

JA: "Crawling Back To Me" makes me think of the grill. A summer bbq, a pool party. As you have noted before, it's about a crazy ex-girlfriend, but it's actually inspired by two crazy ex-girlfriends put into one! So it's like a crazy ex-girlfriend sandwich full of insanity!

Track 11: "Don't Say It's Over"

JA: I'm gonna go there, "Don't Say It's Over", it's the never ending buffet. Why? Come on now............. you know it............ don't say it's over.

You just want that food to keep coming. You're insatiable! You love it! I love it! We all love it! Can I have some more please?

Track 12: "Forever And A Day"

JA: "Forever And A Day", I can hear the waves crashing on the sand as the sun sets. The gentle sea breeze whistling past my ears. It catches the aroma of seafood, a lobster perhaps. The plate decorated and presented so finely. You look at your healthy portion and are amazed at the feast you're about to begin. You eat some of the vegetables on the side, grab your crab cracker, put on your bib and CRACK!!!!!! HEAVY METAL GUITAR SOLO!!!!!! DIP IT IN BUTTER!!!!!!! --

JF: What did I just walk back int-

JA: SAVOR THE FLAVOR!!!!!!! And as you gently finish your meal, you place your crab cracker in the dish, along with your bib.

JF: ..Yes.

JA: That was quite a meal. - JNoodle's Review


Jamie Alimorad's 12 song album, WORDS LEFT UNSAID, is a power pop-rock
monstrosity. In a music business that is overdosing on electronic dance music by artists
who have very little to offer those of us who are seeking substance, we get the pleasure
of hearing this Bostonian's substance filled tunes. Reminiscent of those huge sounding
late 80's - early 90's MTV pop-rock by artists like Rick Springfield and Billy Joel that many
have tried to duplicate in recent times, but few have found success with; Alimorad's album
hits the target dead in the center. I really dug the fact that this album blends together
those familiar sounds that I enjoyed growing up, but with a more up-to-date style
production.

From the outset Jamie's song, TIFFANY, introduces us to his brand of storytelling
through music, which closely resembles that of greats like Billy Joel; who we all know is
one of the greatest songwriters ever. The style Alimorad opts to entertain us with is one
that is a true asset to his reputation as an artist/songwriter. While he has been nominated
for a few independent music awards, that's not what makes his music worth listening to;
it's his passionate vocal delivery that sells each song. Jamie has a powerful voice that
carries well, and it keeps you dialed in to every word he's saying.

Besides, TIFFANY, Jamie's album includes a few other possible classics like: SOMEDAY
SOMEWHERE, THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID, and GET YOU BACK. Alimorad's songwriting
genius is clearly stated on each of these songs. He reminds us of what real songwriting is
all about; telling stories that the listener can see him/her self in. These are reality songs
that will make you glad you listened to them, and if marketed properly, this guy may
become the next big thing out of Boston. I'd definitely recommend anyone who loves
great songwriting to check Jamie Alimorad out, and connect with him online at:
www.Twitter.com/JamieAlimorad - I AM Entertainment Magazine


Bostonian singer/songwriter Jamie Alimorad got his first taste of YouTube fame upon the debut of his first music video, released as a visual representation for his single, "Beautiful", in 2013. The video, which depicts the purest kind of love between the rock artist and the MV's leading lady, has racked up nearly 2 million views since its release 8 months ago, which is no small feat for an independent artist such as Alimorad. Given "Beautiful", its subject matter, and both its ace sonic and visual delivery, it isn't hard to believe that it came to represent Alimorad's first overnight success-type story, and he's at it again with the latest visual delineation of another one of his album tracks. From off of 2012's 'Words Left Unsaid', Alimorad will be releasing the music video to "Crawling Back to Me" on March 18, 2014.

The track in itself could not be any different from "Beautiful", featuring a rip-roaring, fun-loving instrumental and vocal delivery that hearkens back to the 90s era of in-your-face alternative rock at its finest. "Crawling Back to Me", from musical head to musical toe, is the hilariously awesome snark-infused punk anthem you never knew you were missing from your catalog, and the music video itself is a joy to behold. Having seen the video for myself as a treat from Mr. Alimorad himself, I can attest to that previous statement of mine and raise it up a little further by saying that it's the most fun-spirited independent video release I've seen in quite a while. Alimorad's vocals itself are altogether adrenaline-fueled, encouraging the coming out of a grittier quality that fans of "Beautiful" may not have entirely caught onto just yet, and the music video accompanying the track only helps to accentuate this as he sings directly to the song's subject matter through a series of increasingly intriguing situations.

Without giving too much away about the impending music video, I will offer three brief reasons why you should give it a look-see upon its release: it's the opposite of "Beautiful" and conveys a completely new side of Jamie that is just as impressive as the last, the song and video itself calls back to an era of rock that is bound to have some of its audience entranced by nostalgia (and in a positive, heart-warming kind-of way), and... fowl. In the mean time, you can keep up with Jamie via Twitter and Facebook and give his debut album, 'Words Left Unsaid', a listen over Spotify or a purchase over iTunes for $9.99. To keep up with all of the latest reviews, interviews, and more, you can also follow me on Twitter! - Yahoo!


Gearing up for a Spring/Summer nationwide tour, Jamie Alimorad is on the road to success. Blending some current musical styles with those of the 80's and 90's help give this singer/songwriter a style that is easy to listen to, and one you will be wanting to listen to over and over.

A recent release, and a song that is currently being made into a music video, “Beautiful” takes a look at the unsure side of life. Beautiful – starts out soft in both sound and meaning talks about grace of an angel and the beauty of a dove. The girl in question does not realize her self worth. There is no understanding of inner-beauty vs. outer-beauty & self-esteem.

The one that most sees that beauty (in this case, the singer) does not get to show her what it all means. The guys she lets get close to her are only using her, taking away more of her soul. Damaging the already fragile self worth.

As already stated, the music starts off soft, but then comes a change-up with more of a rock-beak reminiscent of 80's band. But not quite 80's in style – it has a more modern use in instrumentation and musical style than something from another era. It would make a great background song in that cozy restaurant or even a switch up to a club dance song.

Jamie’s latest album Words Left Unsaid has been nominated for several prominent awards, including 2012 & 2013 Hollywood Music In Media Awards Best Rock Song (for “Weapon” and “That’s What She Said”); 2013 Artists In Music Awards Best Pop Artist and Best Rock Artist; 2013 LA Music Awards Male Singer/Songwriter Of The Year; and Best Hot AC Record: “Dancing With You”

With a number of awards racked up to date and just barely three months into 2013, get ready to hear about several Indie Music Channel and other award nominations. These nominations and awards aren’t going to stop any time soon.

A 2010 graduate of Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in Music Technology, Jamie first took the stage and broke into the Boston club scene in 2009 as a solo artist. His first full album “Words Left Unsaid was released in July 2012 to rave reviews, sparking a nationwide tour to sold-out shows in such premiere venues as The Troubadour, Whiskey-A-Go-Go, and The Roxy.

Now that you know about the great talent Jamie has in store for you, make your next click over to iTunes, amazon.com, or cdBaby now purchase a song, EP or CD, and feed your lyrical soul today. - Beat On Repeat


Lauren Cirkot got to talk with Jamie Alimorad this month. He’s a pop/rock singer-songwriter that currently resides in Boston, MA. The interview is entirely made from fan questions. Definitely check this guy out!
What is your favorite show you’ve ever played?
Tough one right off the bat! It’s hard to pick just one specific show. Singing the National Anthem at Fenway Park was a dream come true for me and to do it representing my school (Northeastern University) made it especially thrilling. Performing my original music, there are a bunch that stands out but I’ll pick on one that I haven’t talked about too much and that’s my first ever performance at the Whisky A Go-Go. That show was amazing and it came under unusual circumstances and it was absolutely one of the best shows I’ve ever done! Great crowd and first show in LA!
Where’s one place that you’ve never played that you’d like to play?
Well there are lot of unique places that I’d like to play. I think playing in the Parthenon or the Roman Colosseum would be something absolutely fantastic! I love Las Vegas so playing in the casinos or doing something unique involving the City would be amazing! Epcot would be magical too!
What’s your favorite song that you’ve ever worked on? Either wrote yourself or worked with another artist.
Of my songs it’s definitely “Beautiful”. That song is so dear to me and very personal. It was theraputic to write and record, and it was also very difficult emotionally. The fact that the fans have really picked up on it and it’s gone to #1 on the IMC is so incredibly satisfying. I’m so happy that people have connected with that song.
There’s another song I’d like to talk about and that’s “Rock Me To Heaven” by Gino Vannelli. That song is very important to me and over the summer Gino invited me up to his studio in Portland to work together. It came as a complete shock when he asked to sing that song with me one day in the studio. It was one of the greatest musical moments of my career!
Do you have any plans to go over to Europe with the recent success you’ve had there?
Things have really been picking up in Europe and I would love to get over there! The most important thing is that you do it right, so it’s going to take some work. We’re definitely trying and thank you for your patience, you won’t be disappointed. In the mean time, stay tuned to your local mall! I know several of my songs are getting pumped through the speakers frequently!
What do you think of the Key Club closing?

That came as a huge shock, especially since I was just there! I had no idea that it was in any sort of danger of closing, so when I heard the news I was really surprised. It’s too bad that another privately owned live venue is closing its doors. I hope that whatever, and whoever steps in to take over that area does a great job
What is your best backstage moment?
Backstage, huh? Hmmmm… well there was this one time I was part of a showcase. Played to a big crowd and it was great! I mean it was a great, great show! When I came out from the stage door, there was a swarm of girls. They all screamed and they started stampeding towards me. I didn’t know what to do so I just ran. After about 30 seconds or so I said to myself, “Wait, why am I running?” and I stopped and got swarmed by everyone. It never got out of hand, but there was lots of pictures taken and autographs. Very cool experience.
How do you prepare for a show? What type of warm-ups or pre-show rituals do you have?
I like to warm up with several different vocal exercises and then sing a few tunes acapella. I do some pushups and some light marshal arts to get pumped up and then it’s time to hit the stage!
Someone told me you used to be a tour guide at Fenway Park. Do you have any stories from that?
Haha you know about that? Fenway is my home away from home… away from home. I was a tour guide there for three seasons and I met a lot of great people along the way from all over the world. Hanging out with the players and going to games was an added bonus. I wrote “What You Have” while on a tour. I was leading the group down from the Green Monster Seats and this melody came into my head. I whistled it all the way to our next stop and I told everyone that I had to pause the tour a moment so I could record this melody into my phone. I sang it and everyone applauded and I told them, “Don’t laugh, you might hear that on the radio some day.” Six months later “What You Have” went to #1 on the Indie104 Top 40 Chart.
What is your most memorable moment from the 2010 Rice & Beanpot?
The Rice & Beanpot show was out of this world! The Beanpot is always a big deal, no matter what it involved; sports, arts or academics. It was an honor to represent my school and the crowd was crazy! The sponsor of the event gave me some shirts to toss out into the crowd, so I yelled, “Who wants a free t-shirt?!” and the whole place went crazy. So naturally I said it again, and - Hot Band Boys


Out of Boston comes singer/songwriter JAMIE ALIMORAD and I am safe to say that finally we have here a true AOR performer in the original 80s American tradition. His mentor was FEE WAYBILL and musically he is influenced by RICK SPRINGFIELD.

The 4 incredible catchy tunes on his 2010 released debut EP ‘Cornerstone’ come across like a mix between the 80s Poprock of BRYAN ADAMS, RICHARD MARX, DENNIS DEYOUNG, RICK MATHEWS, DANNY WILDE and a strong touch of 80s Classic AOR/Radiorock that recall SIGNAL, JIMMY DAVIS, VAN STEPHENSON and PREVIEW. Jamie’s vocals are spot-on and breathe pure 80s American AOR and so is the music, which in the end makes this EP a wet dream for any fan of 80s American Singer-Songwriter AOR-Rock. Uptempo catchy AOR/Poprock is the name of the game on especially the EP ‘Cornerstone’, with such tunes like “What you have”, “She is…” and the massive sounding “Say with me” (in the style of the ANDY TAYLOR classic “I might lie”), all a must-hear if you’re a real AOR fan!

Closing track “In her smile” is a little more laid-back, but still AOR all the way and actually sounding dangerously close to VAN STEPHENSON and BRYAN ADAMS! The new and also first full-length CD of Jamie is titled ‘Words left unsaid’ and happily this record continues the style of the EP, so once again happy summer radiofriendly catchy AOR/Poprock with clean melodies, catchy hooks and superb vocals. Highlights on this CD are the uptempo Rockers “Tiffany” (RICK SPRINGFIELD meets the very first HAREM SCAREM!), “Does it really have to end this way?”, “Dancing with you” and “Don’t say it’s over”, the midtempo “Beautiful” and the fantastic closing AOR ballad “Forever and a day”. The album is a little more diverse than the EP and also add some modern Rock influences (kinda like the latest NIGHT RANGER and RICK SPRINGFIELD albums during a song like “Crawling back to me”), which is a good thing and also the production/sound quality is huge, compared to the EP!

If there’s one artist I would like to highly recommend at the moment then it is JAMIE ALIMORAD. Now this is how AOR should sound like! Forget all those European AOR wanna-bee bands and all the AOR label organised projects, because here we have something really original in the shape of a multi-instrumentalist/ singer/songwriter, who is able to write original catchy AOR/Melodic Poprock tunes in the style of the American/Canadian tradition of legendary artists like VAN STEPHENSON, RICK MATHEWS, RICK SPRINGFIELD, BRYAN ADAMS, BUTCH WALKER, BERNIE LABARGE, STAN MEISSNER and even STAN BUSH!

Ratings Gabor 9/10 - MyGlobalMind


Out of Boston comes singer/songwriter JAMIE ALIMORAD and I am safe to say that finally we have here a true AOR performer in the original 80s American tradition. His mentor was FEE WAYBILL and musically he is influenced by RICK SPRINGFIELD. The 4 incredible catchy tunes on his 2010 released debut EP ‘Cornerstone’ come across like a mix between the 80s Poprock of BRYAN ADAMS, RICHARD MARX, DENNIS DEYOUNG, RICK MATHEWS, DANNY WILDE and a strong touch of 80s Classic AOR/Radiorock that recall SIGNAL, JIMMY DAVIS, VAN STEPHENSON and PREVIEW. Jamie’s vocals are spot-on and breathe pure 80s American AOR and so is the music, which in the end makes this EP a wet dream for any fan of 80s American Singer-Songwriter AOR-Rock. Uptempo catchy AOR/Poprock is the name of the game on especially the EP ‘Cornerstone’, with such tunes like “What you have”, “She is…” and the massive sounding “Say with me” (in the style of the ANDY TAYLOR classic “I might lie”), all a must-hear if you’re a real AOR fan! Closing track “In her smile” is a little more laid-back, but still AOR all the way and actually sounding dangerously close to VAN STEPHENSON and BRYAN ADAMS! The new and also first full-length CD of Jamie is titled ‘Words left unsaid’ and happily this record continues the style of the EP, so once again happy summer radiofriendly catchy AOR/Poprock with clean melodies, catchy hooks and superb vocals. Highlights on this CD are the uptempo Rockers “Tiffany” (RICK SPRINGFIELD meets the very first HAREM SCAREM!), “Does it really have to end this way?”, “Dancing with you” and “Don’t say it’s over”, the midtempo “Beautiful” and the fantastic closing AOR ballad “Forever and a day”. The album is a little more diverse than the EP and also add some modern Rock influences (kinda like the latest NIGHT RANGER and RICK SPRINGFIELD albums during a song like “Crawling back to me”), which is a good thing and also the production/sound quality is huge, compared to the EP! If there’s one artist I would like to highly recommend at the moment then it is JAMIE ALIMORAD. Now this is how AOR should sound like! Forget all those European AOR wanna-bee bands and all the AOR label organised projects, because here we have something really original in the shape of a multi-instrumentalist/ singer/songwriter, who is able to write original catchy AOR/Melodic Poprock tunes in the style of the American/Canadian tradition of legendary artists like VAN STEPHENSON, RICK MATHEWS, RICK SPRINGFIELD, BRYAN ADAMS, BUTCH WALKER, BERNIE LABARGE, STAN MEISSNER and even STAN BUSH! Go check out the sensational JAMIE ALIMORAD asap at:

www.facebook.com/jamiealimorad www.myspace.com/jamiealimorad www.reverbnation.com/jamiealimorad www.jango.com/music/jamiealimorad www.soundcloud.com/jamie-alimorad www.jamiealimorad.bandcamp.com

and remember where you have read about him first, because that is at Strutter’zine!

(Points: 9.2 out of 10) - Strutter Magazine


Back in 2010 I reviewed Jamie Alimorad's debut EP Cornerstone. It was one of the finest albums I had heard in quite some time. Especially for a college musician, this four-song EP was jammed back with memorable hooks, melodies and lyrics.

I quickly became a fan of his upbeat writing and smooth voice. The album spawned four #1 singles on the Indie104 Top 40 chart.

Now Alimorad is returning with his first full-length album. Words Left Unsaid contains a dozen songs and each one is better than the next. No filler here folks. If he chooses, he could probably have twelve hit singles.

Alimorad picked up right where he left off with Cornerstone and has matured in a way to show that he's not just a flash in the pan. He has already received two nominations for the 2013 Artists In Music Awards (Best Pop Artist and Best Rock Artist) for the album before its release. Here is a track by track review of Words Left Unsaid.

The album opens with "Tiffany", a hard rock song telling the story of a night out on the town and a chance encounter with a beautiful girl. The music compliments the nerves and adrenaline of what it’s like to go up to that attractive girl at the bar.

The bridge of the song soars into a key change and as the song comes to a conclusion one wonders how any song going forward could top that. But that’s what makes Jamie Alimorad so good. “Dancing With You” follows and is a perfect blend of pop/rock and dance. It has a flare of Hot Chelle Rae or a Disney act to it, but make no mistake that is not an insult.

Alimorad mixes of rhythmic feels within the arrangement while still keeping the dance beat, providing some variety to the listener. It was the lead single off the album released in June and has been doing very well on indie and satellite radio.

“Can’t Stop Thinking About You” is the third track. A straight-ahead song about missing the one you love. Can’t Stop settles into a groove right away and keeps it going, a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement. “Someday, Somewhere” is up next.

The first ballad on the album it has a bit of a modern country pop feel to it. The melody is simply gorgeous and the lyrics tell the story of holding out hope that the one you loved will come back to you one day. Alimorad really gives a signature vocal performance on this track and the last chorus is a highlight of the album, which brought on comparisons to Paul McCartney and Steven Tyler.

It’s the perfect transition for the hard rock tone that album brings next.

The fifth song on the album, “Weapon”, is a huge departure from what we’ve grown to consider the “typical” Alimorad sound. This is a hard rocker. The verses carry a vibe from an early twentieth century murder-mystery radio program, but the wallop comes in the pre-chorus and into the chorus.

The build in the bridge has such sweet tension and the lyrics of sexual tension and the use of sexuality to get what one wants is masterful. “That’s What She Said” is due up next and it’s exactly what you think it is. It’s sure to be a hit with teenage and college males. The bridge has a dubstep-like break down that is a standout moment in the song.

The lyrics are all double entendres and its disco dance groove make this primed to be a huge crossover hit.

“Beautiful” is the seventh track on the album and an absolutely gorgeous ballad. The lyrics are tearjerking and the arrangement is stunning. Alimorad shows off his range as a vocalist and superb technique to control his dynamics.

The emotion is so raw, it’s as if he’s singing just to you. The last chorus is another standout moment on the album. “Get You Back” is a peppy pop/rock number that puts a smile on your face and makes wiping away any tears that “Beautiful” brought out. This short and sweet number is a fun one and will have you singing along in no time.

“Does It Really Have To End This Way” is another fun pop/rock song that has a bit of a pop/punk flair to it as well. Alimorad questions in the song why and how feelings are changing and hoping that things won’t be awkward after the breakup. “Crawling Back To Me” is a real throwback to the glory days of pop/punk, but once again with an Alimorad twist.

The lyrics are hysterical and anyone that has felt their ex is crazy will relate to this song. Alimorad also uses subtle chromatic harmonies that vary up moods and accent certain lyrics.

“Don’t Say It’s Over” brings the listener back into the rock world. Heavy guitars in the chorus and powerful vocals throughout, Alimorad really digs deep in this one. The quality of his voice in the verses are stand out and the big harmonies in the chorus are exactly what we’ve come to expect from him.

The lead guitar during the outro leads perfectly into the finally song on the album, “Forever And A Day”. This track represents another form of departure from what we’ve come to expect from Alimorad. First off it’s in 6/8, it’s predominantly just acoustic guitar and vocals and - TheRealMusician.com


De award winnende singer-songwriter Jamie Alimorad keert onvoorwaardelijk terug naar de Indie rock. Jamie maakt al jaren de Boston area muziekscène onveilig met zijn pop en rocksound. ’Words Left Unsaid’ is de follow-up van de veelgeprezen debuut EP ‘Cornerstone’ uit September 2010. De 12 zelfgepende tracks zijn begeesterd door een rijk gevulde rocktune die samenvloeien met Indie rock. Jamie heeft een geweldige stem en de arrangementen zitten dan ook rotsvast. Samen met zijn begeleidingsband verheerlijk Jamie ons met actuele popdeuntjes en tast hij de grenzen af met knappe mainstream rock. De single ‘Dancing With You’ is een heerlijke rocksong die de vijfde plaats piekte in de Indie104 Top 100.
Net als ‘That’s What She Said’ dat een hoogste notering had op plaats drie in de IMC ReverbNation Top 10. Adelbrieven die alvast kunnen tellen. Het schijfje opent met het vlammende en smokerige ‘Tiffany’. En zo staan er uiteraard nog heel wat nummers te blinken. De ballades ‘Someday, Somewhere’, ‘Beautiful’ en de afsluiter ‘Forever And A Day’ geven het geheel de nodige adempauzes. Heel wat tracks zijn doorspekt met het gevoel die ooit de jonge Canadese rocker bij ons aanwakkerde. Popgevoelige rock-’n-roll.

A few have never heard of Jamie Alimorad, shame on you because this is top!

Philip Verhaege (4) - Keys And Chords Magazine


Here is a little information on what Jamie is up to: I just wrapped a big promo tour that was out West. I formed a new band of some of LA's top session players and we did the whole circuit. Lots of the Sunset Strip venues including the Whiskey and the Roxy. I also headlined at the Troubadour, the Good Hurt and was a marquis performer at the first Indie Entertainment Summit. I also had the tremendous opportunity to work with Grammy-nominated and Juno Award winning artist Gino Vannelli in his studio. We got together again at his shows in Niagara Falls this past weekend. He's an awesome artist and the best singer in the world, not to mention the most incredible songwriter I think we've ever seen.

I would say there is no one HQ for me. I'm widely considered a Boston artist because that's where I got my start in college, but my business base is in LA.

As far as a current tour goes, we're working on some dates. We're focusing on new and creative ways to advertise the album and get my name out there. Should be fun!

The latest release is Words Left Unsaid, which features the number one singles "Dancing With You", Indie104 Top 100 #1 hit, and "That's What She Said", #1 for a record five consecutive weeks on the IMC ReverbNation chart.

I sang background vocals on Rick Springfield's new single "I Hate Myself".

And now onto our interview with Jamie conducted by INDIE &a JONEZ









Jamie, thanks for sitting down with us. I think the first thing we all want to know is can you tell us about the time between winning Northeastern University Idol // singing the national anthem at Boston's Fenway Park and up to the current release of Words Left Unsaid?

Well a lot has happened since that time. First off, I can't tell you what a thrill it was to sing the National Anthem at Fenway Park. I grew up a Red Sox fan and to have the opportunity to sing in that legendary stadium was a dream come true.
That was in May of 2010. Since then I released two albums; my debut EP, Cornerstone, spawned four #1 singles on the Indie104 charts, including "She Is..." which stayed at #1 for two months and became the most played song in the history of iRadio LA, the largest independent radio station in the world. I recently released my second album, and first full-length, Words Left Unsaid. The response has been so great! The first single "Dancing With You" got great reviews and sold really well and the second one, "That's What She Said", is tearing up the IMC ReverbNation charts, staying at #1 for five consecutive weeks.
I've also had the pleasure of touring the country and playing in some of the greatest venues you could imagine! They've all been great, but some have really stood out. I've headlined at the Whisky A Go-Go, the Roxy and the Troubadour out in Los Angeles. I've also headlined in Vegas, had a string of headlining performances in Phoenix and back East I've been a part of numerous music festivals and have had the opportunity to play on the National Mall in Washington D.C. twice for the National Cherry Blossom Festival!


Were you surprised at how well received the Cornerstone EP was, particularly how fast "She is...." was blowing up in L.A.?


Yes and no. I knew that I had put out a quality EP, it was just a matter of how many sets of ears would hear it. It was terrific that many radio stations picked up the singles "What You Have" and "She Is..." and they really championed them into success. I was blown away at how well received they were in LA. Of course Hollywood is the entertainment capital of the world so that's where you want to make it! Before the singles were doing anything out there, I had received some interest in having me come out and perform. So we kinda did it backwards. We booked the gigs without having really anything going out there and then the radio took off and suddenly we were getting all these requests! When we got out there, the places were packed and the reactions were great! The second time around this year was even better!


Where can people get their own copies of the latest record and what did you want to get across to listeners with the release of "Words Left Unsaid"?

You can download copies at your major digital realtors; iTunes, AmazonMP3 Store, Rhapsody, eMusic, CD Baby and all the rest. Physical copies of the CD can be purchased on my facebook page at http://facebook.com/jamiealimorad and my new relaunched website, http://jamiealimorad.com.
When you listen to Words Left Unsaid, I want you to feel happy. The songs are upbeat and they have a positive message. Even the sadder songs offer hope in the end. We've all been through bad breakups and relationships that were rocky. This is an album that can bring people together and to celebrate the good times.

Was there anything in your songwriting/recording process that you think lent itself to that vision?

Words Left Unsaid was a really fun album to record. It was done at various poi - Indie Music Bus


The folks over at XR Volume sent me a copy of Jamie Alimorad’s EP a few weeks ago, and it rocked! So, I was pretty excited when the full album “Words Left Unsaid,” arrived and I wasn’t dissapointed.

The album’s opener, “Tiffany” sets the mood, and kicks things off with a bang. Right from the start, we know this is straight up rock and roll, with all the necessary accoutrements. Jamie has a knack ( ooh, there’s a good comparison – sorry for jumping track ) for witing a boy-seeks-girl-seeks-boy-heartbreak-love-you-so-much song in a way that makes you smile and sing along. It’s like he knows that the pain is part of the beauty and it’s all going to be just great in the end. Anyone remember “The Knack”? His songwriting is like theirs in that it’s to the point, poignant, and humourosly light at the same time.

One of the things I like best about this record is that it plays like a record; it even has that good “side A – side B” transitional feeling, and some of the best songs are like gems hidden toward the end of the album. Each song has it’s own little things that make it stand out, and there are lots of surprises. It’s kind of like riding a roller coaster with your eyes closed – I was jamming along and really into it, and even though I knew the ride was coming to an end, when the last tune was over, I had to check the playlist because is was thinking, “What? Is it really over!”



I’ve got to give Jamie and his team two big thumbs up on the musicianship and production on this one, too. With Jamie’s songwriting and arrangement skills, the New York style is the perfect compliment. Great guitar tones, wacky little synth bits and big, awesome drums back up real, powerful vocals and distinct harmonies.

These songs should be on the radio, and I’ll be surprised if they don’t start showing up on the air, real soon. I know some folks are going to be hearing them blasting out of my Bronco as I pass through town… It’s hard for me to think of current radio artists to compare him, to because – honestly – most of them aren’t nearly as good.

It seems I’m not alone in liking this record, here is the latest news from Jamie:

It’s Awesome! – First, “That’s What She Said” is currently the #1 single for the fourth week in a row on the IMC ReverbNation charts and “Dancing With You” reached #1. Second, I have received two nominations for the 2013 Artists In Music Awards for Best Pop Artist and Best Rock Artist and a nomination for the 2012 Hollywood Music In Media Awards for Best Rock Song (“Weapon”). Third, I am singing background vocals on the lead single, “I Hate Myself”, on Rick Springfield’s new album Songs For The End Of The World, due out October 9th .

Do your self a favor, hit the links below and grab a copy of “Words Left Unsaid”. - Middle Tennessee Music


Singer-songwriter Jamie Alimorad has found a lot of success as an independent artist since starting out in 2008. Listening to his second album, “Words left unsaid”, it’s easy to understand why. This is a guy with a great voice and rock-solid musical skills, who successfully straddles the line between pop and mainstream rock, crafting catchy tunes with ear-pleasing melodies and an upbeat vibe.

“Words left unsaid” opens with the dance-y, rocking “Tiffany”, one of the best tracks on the album, which showcases Alimorad’s talent for writing a tune with a great hook and a sing-along-friendly chorus. “Dancing with you” is an upbeat rocker in the same groove. Another stand-out track is the darker and angrier “Weapon”, with growlier vocals from Alimorad and a slightly rougher sound.

My favorite track on the album, “That’s What She Said”, keeps that harder edge and is a fully-charged rocker with a chorus that is likely to get stuck in your head for a good while. Ballads like “Someday, somewhere”. “Beautiful” and “Forever and a day” change up the pace and show off Alimorad’s vocal skills, but overall I think the up-tempo, rockier tunes are his stronger suit.

Alimorad’s voice and style is reminiscent of artists like Rick Springfield (Alimorad is a big fan) and Bryan Adams. Specifically, there’s an immediacy and straightforwardness to his lyrics and music that really reminds me of Adams. And like the tunes of both Adams and Springfield, Alimorad’s songs set up a scene and tell a story: in this case, usually a love-story.

“Words left unsaid” chronicles the rise and fall of a relationship, and according to Alimorad the lyrics are directly inspired by his own experiences: “They are literally the things I never got to say. The first time I said them out loud was to the microphone and the raw emotion and passion is captured there.”

Even with the occasional harder-edged tune, this is definitely the brighter side of rock’n’roll, music made to make you want to dance and feel better. A few of the tracks are somewhat forgettable, but the quality of the vocals and the music is strong enough to keep the album solidly entertaining throughout.

A big part of Alimorad’s appeal is his voice. It’s strong, clean, and with just enough rasp in it to make it interesting. He also has has an obvious talent for writing catchy tunes and heartfelt lyrics. If you haven’t heard of him, and you’re into melodic, mainstream rock, you should definitely check out this album.

You can check Jamie Alimorad out on his web-page, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, ReverbNation, and SoundCloud. - Hard Rock Nights


Boston area artist, Jamie Alimorad has been rockin the scene and the indie charts for a few years, now. His latest independent single, “Dancing with You,” is another in a long line of fantastic songs to come from the fellow with “the most played song in the history of iRadio in Los Angeles.”

Now let me be perfectly blunt, here. I listen to the radio once or twice a week, just to hear what the kids are into. Most of it is junk. I do find myself surprised, lately, that there is some good stuff on the radio. I don’t know the name of the bands or the songs, but I’ve been hearing a lot of experimentation, perhaps a nod to an older and simpler production style, and (thank goodnes) less and less autotune, lately. Some of it is downright inspiring ( I did not say that about radio).

“Dancing with You” is a song I could hear on the radio. As a matter of fact, I could crank it loud and proud with the top down and cruisin’ slow and low. “Let the music take you over, Let the rhythm take control…” I don’t like to call anything a “feel good number,” but man this tune makes me feel good! I don’t know if this is a pop song, a rock song, a dance tune, or what, but it’s a good song – which fits right into my answer for the “what kind of music do you listen to?” question – “Good Music!”

I’ve played this one a dozen times, and it keeps growing on me. In the words of the immortals, “two thumbs up!” Alimorad has a musical sensibility that will open the ears of almost anyone. I mean, you’re gonna have to be just messed up not to like this one.

I gotta admit that I’ve been jamming Jamie’s other songs, also. This cat is onto something, he’s got the chops, the style and the sounds to please “the kids” and the old geezers like me! I’m looking forward to reviewing the whole record for you, real soon. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and check him out!
You can do that here:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dancing-with-you-single/id538860585
http://www.reverbnation.com/jamiealimorad
http://www.facebook.com/jamiealimorad - Middle Tennessee Music


Today Mark and I had the pleasure of meeting JAMIE ALIMORAD a very talented guy of musical knowledge. His music ranges from the 60’s with the Beatles to the 80’s with bands like the Tubes and Boston, and this amazed me even Level 42 and Yes!

We had a great audience tune in live to hear the show, I have to admit we did more talking than playing music this week, however the topics of conversation were very interesting to say the least and not just about music either! At one part in the show I do believe there was a debate over who makes the best pizza!!! Well I can answer that – I do! “Easy on the Cheese!” Sexy guitars were also mentioned! lol

Jamie talked about his current album Cornerstone and his upcoming album planned for early 2012. He talked about his “PledgeMusic campaign” and how you can help! He also talked about his early music career and of course the many bands that have influenced and inspired him!

Listen to the podcast and hear how the 60’s movie HELP! made him want to get into the music business! I could waffle on and on about what he said but its better coming from JAMIE ALIMORAD so here is where you can hear the podcast:

http://butterfliesradio.podomatic.com/entry/2011-11-01T19_36_52-07_00

His music has an 80’s feel with a modern day touch, if you get what I mean! Lol He has a real passion for what he does, and I tell you it comes across in his music. Take a look at one of his live videos and see what he puts out on stage!

During the show we featured three of his songs currently on our rotation and these can be heard or requested at any time from our web page:

WHAT YOU HAVE

“What You Have” is one of my favorite songs that I’ve written and was my very first single. In April it went to #1 on the Indie104 Top 40 chart and stayed there for three months! While I was in college I worked as a tour guide at Fenway Park. I used to sing and whistle between stops and one day this melody popped into my head. I stopped the tour and sang it into my phone. I told the tour that one day they’ll hear it on the radio and to remember this moment. It’s always been a crowd pleaser from the moment I started performing it in concert and it’s fun to hear the audience singing along to it.



SHE IS…

The second single off the EP and second #1. The big power ballad. I’m a huge fan of 80’s music and the decade is arguably most known for its power ballad’s and I felt that the new decade could use a dose. This was the last song I wrote before going into the studio to record Cornerstone. I was nervous bringing it in for the band to learn. I didn’t think they would like it and when they stood their silently after the first time I played it for them, I feared this was the case. I told them okay well let’s do the other fast song and they stopped me and said they thought it was the best song they had heard thus far. It was a blast to record and I love to sing it live.



STAY WITH ME

Another homage to the 80’s. I was whistling randomly one day and I whistled the opening bit to the tune. The melody just followed and I used to phrase “stay with me” as dummy lyrics for the chorus. I sat on it for awhile and thought that it was a good enough theme and decided to keep it. The song went through many metamorphosis and the version you hear on the album is probably about the fourth version of the song. I think it clocks in around 2:47. When we first played it, it was almost four and a half minutes. Serious edits!



Here are the questions that I didn’t get to ask during the show:

How did you come up with the name CORNERSTONE for your first album?
I wanted the name of my first album to be something significant. I always complained in English class how the teachers would make us look for things that often seemed way too deep for what I felt the author was trying to portray. But low and behold I wanted to have a title for it that had many meanings that would make people look for themes. The elementary school I went to celebrated it’s 100th birthday when I was in fourth grade. My teacher took the class outside the school to look at a stone in the structure. I had never noticed it before but this stone had an engravement. Parsons Memorial School was dedicated to the memory of three of his children who passed away. It was then that my teacher told us that this was the school’s cornerstone, the first stone placed in its construction. It’s something that always stayed with me and I would visit the stone every so often when I would go to school. The back cover of the album is that actual cornerstone that we photoshopped to put the album info in.

Why I chose the name is because it’s my first public work. It’s my foundation. And now for the English teacher part. A cornerstone has four sides and the EP has four songs. The songs were inspired by four artists; the Tubes, the Beatles, Rick Springfield and Richard Marx. And most importantly my foundation in life is f - Butterflies Radio


Tell us about your start in music – your inspiration-

I’ve been performing pretty much my entire life. I started singing when I was about three and began piano at seven. I always had thought of music as a career but I didn’t put it first until I was in seventh grade. That year I was exposed to the Beatles- I mean REALLY exposed to the Beatles. My uncle let me borrow the film Help! and I became captivated by these four lads from Liverpool. Whatever magic they had in the 60's when they broke, they had on me in the 2000's. It was an epiphany. I knew right then and there that this is what I wanted to do and I never looked back.
How long have you been writing music and performing?

I wrote my first song when I was nine years old. My grandpa had just passed away and the emotions I was feeling led me to writing my first song. I had this idea for a melody and the lyrics just described how I felt.
I did my first non-school performance with my first band in January 2002. It was a school dance and we played the middle set between DJ sets. It was a really big hit. We disbanded later that year but the few gigs we played were awesome and we had some good success for a middle school band.
When you write a song, is it about the music, the words, does it all come at once or change each time?

Each song is different. Trevor Rabin once said there are two ways to write a song; your way and the wrong way. The more I think about that statement the more I realize how correct he was. I studied music technology at Northeastern University and the major was compositionally based. Professors would try and make you compose the way they do and they’d tell you at the start of the semester that their methods are just guidelines. But then if you didn’t do it exactly the way they wanted you to, they’d give you a bad mark. I would try to incorporate their ideas into my style and they’d rip it. If I did it exactly the way they would, I’d get a good grade. That was a very hard thing to go through but it will serve me well in the long run if I have to compose for a specific outlet. But for my own music, it could come from a random melody I thought of or a chord progression I did on my keyboard. I rarely write the lyrics first.
Who are your musical influences?

I have a lot of musical influences that go across several genres but when people ask me to describe my music I tell them take the Beatles from 1964-1966, the Tubes and Rick Springfield, have them make a musical baby, that baby would be me. I write and perform pop/rock music that blends elements from the 60's, 70's and 80's and put a modern twist on it. Catchy hooks, sing-a-long melodies, big harmonies, I LOVE harmonies and of course a lot of guitars. I’m a piano player but I’ve always wanted to play guitar. I can do rhythm stuff but I can’t solo very well. Guitar is a sexy instrument, ya know? There’s just something about a good distorted electric guitar. It gives me an excitement that piano doesn’t do. Most of my material is guitar driven and the piano/keys add to the texture.
What is your goal in music? What would be enough and what would be your dream?
My goal is to be a top-selling artist. I make no bones about it. I want to be the best and I’ll get there. I have a lot of drive and I know what I’m capable of, especially when I put my mind to it. A lot of people want to be rock stars, maybe even everybody, but most want to do it for the glory. I want to do it for the music. I want to connect with people, I want to make them happy. So on a dream level, being a multi-platinum recording artist is the goal, but on a personal level I want my songs to connect with people. Music is so important and special to me. It’s like a time machine and specific songs will take me back to a specific time and make me think of those days. It brings a smile to my face. If someone came up to me and told me my music did that for them, that’d make me the happiest person in the world.
What was your most memorable gig and why?

Definitely last year at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. I played there as part of Syracuse University’s Relay For Life. First off, I was truly touched to be asked to play at such an event. Relay For Life is something I encourage everyone to do at least once. You’re raising money for a good cause and it brings people closer together. The events at SU were beautiful and really moved me. The performance itself was a very unique experience as well. The stage was in one of the endzones of the football field and when you looked out you saw all these tents and sleeping bags and people playing catch. It was wild! I played at 2:00 in the morning and everyone was still buzzing. It was great! I’m trying to get back there this year but I’m not sure with my touring schedule if I’ll be able to play the event. Either way, kudos to Syracuse. Any other school that does Relay should model themselves after them.
What do you have in - New York Planet


JAMIE ALIMORAD
Cornerstone
4 tracks
The debut offering from Jamie Alimorad is aptly named. Short but substantive, this album is a solid building block for future endeavors. The instrumentation of John Scott (guitar), Pat Gorman (bass), and Lucas Jones (drums) is tight, the production value high (courtesy of Somerville’s Time Bomb Studios), and Jamie’s voice carries loud and true throughout the quartet, mostly love and relationship-themed tunes. Because when all is said and done, that’s what makes the shit we go through each day worth a damn—having someone to go home to, in essence, our own little cornerstone. Although in my case, my cornerstone is lots of coffee, a bottle of vodka, and Super Smash Bros. Melee, but I digress. The intensity of the music is felt right off the bat with “What You Have,” and gets kicked up a notch or three with “Stay With Me.” This is no mellow folk artist, people. It’s the kind you crank up as you’re speeding down the interstate, windows down, letting the sound carry you over the miles of endless asphalt. Jamie sets the bar very high with Cornerstone, and it’s worth going to a show to see if he can replicate on stage what he does in the studio. (Max Bowen) - The Noise


Q. How did the project come into existence?
I had performed in a number of bands since I was in middle school. When I got to college I decided to go at it as a solo artist after my latest band imploded. I write my own material and the bands I used to be in had member changes every 2 months it seemed so I just decided to give it a go on my own.

Q How would you describe your sound/genre?
I write pop/rock material that combines today's sound with a little bit of yesterday. My influences range from the Beatles to Rick Springfield, the Tubes to Toto, Kenny Loggins to Richard Marx, Journey to Boston, so it's a wide spectrum of pop/rock. My songs all have catchy melodies and big harmonies. I love that. There's something about harmonies that really does it for me. And a good guitar solo.

Q. What formal training or previous experience do you have?
I started playing piano in the 2nd grade when my elementary school music teacher approached me and said I should do it. I then picked up the alto saxophone for the school band and then drums and guitar on my own.

Q. Are you working w/ a producer on your upcoming album?
My debut EP, Cornerstone, was produced by David Adam Monroe and he will be producing the tracks on the full-length I'm just starting work on as well.

Who would you say has been the biggest influence on the bands sound or that you have used as inspiration for your music?
I've got to say my biggest influences are the Tubes, the Beatles and Rick Springfield. Great artists and songwriters.

Q.What advice would you give to others starting out?
For those just starting out, keep working hard. Work on your craft as an artist and songwriter and keep going after gigs. Most importantly though, make sure you love what you do. As long as you have that, you'll always be happy with music.

Q. Where can people go to learn more about you and hear your music?
You can visit me online at:
http://myspace.com/jamiealimorad
http://facebook.com/jamiealimorad
http://twitter.com/jamiealimorad
My album is available at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cornerstone-ep/id392888815

Q. If you could play anywhere in the world or with anyone you wanted where and who would it be with?
Well I'd love to record in studio 2 at Abbey Road with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. That'd be beyond a dream come true. For a live performance, Madison Square Garden has always been a dream of mine. I'd love to share the stage with one of my favorite icons so Rick Springfield would be pretty awesome.
As far as an artist goes, it would be the release of me first CD. To hold a CD in my hand that was mine..... wow! That's all I can say. Truly a privilege. For performing, it was performing in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University. A football stadium? Pretty sweet! It was for their Relay For Life. So not only was it a great concert, but it was for a good cause.
Kicking off the 2011 tour on Friday January 14th at the National Underground in New York City! Visit the myspace or facebook page for more details. - Aj&dbs


Jamie Alimorad is an award-winning singer and songwriter out of the Boston college scene. His debut effort, "Cornerstone", is a perfect example of what this artist is all about; mature songwriting and excellent musicianship.

This four song EP is fresh and exciting and offers a new direction to today's otherwise mundane pop/rock genre.

The lead single and first track "What You Have" is bright and fun that starts with Alimorad's vocal and guitar before the band kicks it into high gear. The chorus boats booming harmonies and the breakdown in the bridge is one of the most memorable moments of the track.

"She Is..." is a modern day power ballad and is arguably the best song on the album. Alimorad sings with such passion and emotion on this song that it tugs at your heart. "Stay With Me" is similar to that of an 80's/arena rock track. The track begins with a swell and goes from 0-60 in a matter of moments. "Cornerstone" closes with "In Her Smile", a sing along mid-tempo ballad that shows off part of Alimorad's Beatles influence with the "Rubber Soul"-esque harmonies during the pre-chorus.

All and all this is a very strong showing for a new artist. Alimorad is currently unsigned and an independent artist and "Cornerstone" shows that he is NOT just some wannabe musician putting out a homemade album. Be sure to check out "Cornerstone" and one of the best new artists around. - TheRealMusician.com


Jamie Alimorad - Cornerstone [EP]
2010, Jamie Alimorad

Jamie Alimorad is a New York City born resident of Boston; an exciting young singer/songwriter with a voice that stands out in a crowded marketplace. With influences ranging from The Beatles to The Tubes, from Rick Springfield to David Foster, Alimorad’s songwriting is steeped in melodicism and a distinct pop sensibility. These qualities shine through on Alimorad’s most recent EP, Cornerstone.

Cornerstone opens on a high note with the pop/rock anthem feel of "What You Have"; a love song written amidst of confusion and longing for times of old. Alimorad is offering someone a new path here in glorious pop terms, complete with a soaring chorus and active arrangement you'll want to dance along to. "She Is..." is a classic ode; a love someone who is your home and world all wrapped up in one. The vocal harmonies here are tremendous, and Alimorad once again concocts an arrangement you'll find it difficult to get out of your head. Alimorad muscles up the guitar sound, Van Halen style on "Stay With Me". Drop this song at top-40 radio circa 1985 and Alimorad would have a major hit on his hand. Even today there's room for a song this infectious on the radio. Cornerstone closes on a more genteel pop note with "In Her Smile", a peppy, mooning love song with a chorus that sticks with you.

Jamie Alimorad has a more-than-pleasant voice and a knack for penning catchy pop/rock songs with tremendous upside. It's hard not to like Alimorad from the get-go, and this kind of material is always a threat to be picked up radio station in a big city and go viral. Don't be surprised if we hear more from Jamie Alimorad in the future. For now, Cornerstone is a tremendous start.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

Learn more about Jamie Alimorad at www.myspace.com/jamiealimorad or www.facebook.com/jamiealimorad. Cornerstone is a digital-only EP, available from Cornerstone, CDBaby and iTunes. - Wildy's World


How did you get started with all this??
I started singing when I was a little kid and taking piano lessons when I was seven. Music was always a big part of my life but it wasn't until I was in seventh grade that I really wanted to make it my career. At that point I was really introduced to The Beatles. I knew their music growing up as a little kid, but it wasn't until then that I really got into them. Much like they did to millions in 1964, they changed my life. There was some magic in those songs. I wanted to create that type of magic. They became one of my biggest influences and they still are. Let me know if you need anything else.

I played in many bands from middle school through the first half of college. All those bands couldn't keep things together. Members would come and go, and they weren't as serious about it as I was. At that point I just decided to go at it alone. I recruited some musicians from school to form a band and I perform and record as a solo artist.

What's the message to transmit with your music??
My first album is love songs. I like to write love songs. A lot of people do. I enjoy them and people enjoy listening to them. Love is a universal thing and everyone can relate to that in some form or another. That's not saying it's the only subject I write about. I write about what I feel. My goal in songwriting is to promote a positive message and make people happy while listening.

What's your method at the time of writting a song??
One of my favorite guitarists, Trevor Rabin, once said, "There are two ways to write a song; your way and the wrong way." After graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in music technology and taking countless composition classes, I cannot agree with that statement more. In the end everybody has their own way of writing a song. Sometimes I'll sit at my piano or with my guitar and I'll play chords and a melody will pop into my head. Other times, and more than likely, I'll be out somewhere and a melody will pop into my head and then I whip out my phone and sing into it. People always look at me like I'm crazy but I'm just getting down my ideas.

The lyrics can come all at once or over the course of days, weeks, months, even years! I've often found that my best lyrics come to me with the music. Songwriting is such an interesting experience. It can be so easy or so frustrating, but it's so rewarding.

Which is your music influences??
Well I've already mentioned The Beatles and the impact they made on me, but before them I was heavily influenced by The Tubes. The Tubes were the first rock band I was introduced to and the sound that I heard was something I could never forget. It was so big and so exciting that I kept asking my dad to play me more. The last of my "big three" is Rick Springfield. I know that name might come as a surprise but I was able to see him in concert my senior year of high school and it was one of the best shows I have ever seen. Those three artists really shaped the way I craft my sound.

What plans do you have for the future??
My debut album, "Cornerstone", just came out and I'm busy doing a lot of promo and touring to support the release. It's really exciting! The first single "What You Have" is already getting some radio play and FM 102x even named it "song of the day" back on August 30th. I'm performing throughout New England and the Northeast and the shows have been going very well. In the process of filling out the rest of the 2010 calendar and then starting to fill up early 2011.

Which has been the funniest prank you have been or took part while on tour or after a show??
Oh wow. We haven't really done any big pranks on tour. The guys in my band and I are a bunch of jokesters but we haven't really planned any pranks. My guitarist John and my drummer Lucas have an... interesting relationship. John loves to get under Lucas' skin, but it's all in good fun and provides hours of entertainment.

I guess the most memorable moment was fairly recent when we were on a train from Boston to New York and we were sitting in the quiet car, but we were talking anyway. Not too loud but loud enough to piss one of the passengers off. At one point one of the conductors came up to us and said, "All right boys, I think it's time for you to leave." We all just stared at her and then I said, "No." We all just stared at each other some more after that and she walked away in frustration. Everybody around us got a kick out of it and so did we.

If you were stranded in the middle of nowhere after a show or while on tour. The help is 65 miles away from where you and your band (If any) are, ¿Who would you send to look for help? And if while the rest wait, there's no food and the only way to feed yourself is by eating each other, ¿Who would you eat first?
Wow. That's probably the weirdest question I've ever been asked in an interview. Okay, let's see... man I don't know. If it's hot - Vents Magazine


Fans young and old are going to love the music of Jamie Alimorad. He is comfortable in his own element, and it shows when you listen to his music. In this special spotlight with our Webzine, Jamie Alimorad speaks with us about his music, his love for Rock- n- Roll, and his biggest musical influences.

Isaac: How do you sum up 2008 for Jamie Alimorad.

Jamie: 2008 was a year of growth and development for me. There were a lot of things going on in my life that allowed me to grow as both a person and as a songwriter. I also honed in on my sound. I go to school up in Boston and when I got back in the fall I got right to work and got things rolling for 2009 and so far things are off to a good start.

Isaac: Describe the music scene in Harrison, New York.

Jamie: There isn't much of a scene in Harrison. There are a couple of bars but they don't have live music all that much. I did a lot of performing in town while growing up and have done a ton of functions in town. The musical audience is very mainstream.

Isaac: So far, what has been the biggest reward that the band has received in 2009?

Jamie: Well, I haven't received any physical awards thus far in 2009 but there have been many rewarding moments so far. I was able to record some tracks and I got a new workstation which will provide me hours of fun this summer to work on new material. I just finished a stretch of shows throughout Boston and Cambridge and they all were very successful.

Isaac: Elaborate a little about whom were your biggest influences in the music industry?

Jamie: My favorite band growing up was, and still is, The Tubes. In 2001, I was able to see a Tubes concert in Atlantic City and I ran into Fee Waybill in the lobby. I can't even describe what that was like for me. After the show, they did a meet and greet and something clicked. We've been corresponding ever since and he's my mentor. I see them every time they're in Boston or New York.

Isaac: How would you describe your music to others?

Jamie: Anyone who knows me knows that I'm into older music, especially the late 70's and 80's. Those were the artists I listened to growing up and those are the people that shaped me musically. There's a certain magic to that music that has kept not only me but millions of other people coming back for more across generations. What I do is try and work some of that magic and combine it with today's sound. So far, the results have been good and the crowds have liked it.

Isaac: What is your definition for Rock Music?

Jamie: For me, rock music is excitement, it is energy. There's a certain aura that surrounds it and there's something that happens to people when they listen to it. It's almost like it gives you strength that you didn't know was there. Rock music has changed in recent years but I think there's a desire for it to return its former glory and that's something I'd like to be a part of.

Isaac: What has been the inspiration behind your music?

Jamie: Musically, it's been artists like The Tubes, Rick Springfield, The Beatles, Richard Marx, Toto and many others. Lyrically, it's a lot of stuff about me and things that I've seen my friends go through. There are a lot of love songs and something I always find interesting with lyrics, it can have a specific meaning for me but mean something completely different to someone else and still have the same impact.

Isaac: Where can fans locate you at online?

Jamie: You can find me at myspace.com/jamiealimorad and on Facebook by searching Jamie Alimorad.

Isaac: What can fans expect from Jamie Alimorad in the next five years?

Jamie: A lot can happen in five years. Right now I'm a guy starting out just doing whatever he can to get out there. In five years, I'm hoping you'll be seeing me on the Billboard charts and touring the world. I have very big dreams and I'm ready to accomplish them.

Isaac: Time for some shout outs to your family, friends, and fans…

Jamie: I love my parents with all my heart and I thank them for being so supportive of me in everything I've done my whole life. To everyone back in Harrison who has been there since the early days, thanks for everything you've done and I promise some New York shows will be coming up soon. And to everyone up at Northeastern, you guys have been nothing but terrific and I can't thank you enough for the constant support.

Isaac: Final words from Jamie Alimorad…

Jamie: If you're in the northeast, be on the look out for me and to the rest of the world; I'll be there soon. It's time rock music got its groove back. That's what Jamie Alimorad is here for.

- Junior's Cave Magazine


HARRISON: Northeastern University's Jamie Alimorad got to sing the national anthem May 4 at Fenway Park in Boston, for a game between the Red Sox and Angels.



He won the opportunity to sing at Fenway after competing in an "NU Idol" contest.

The game was held during Northeastern's Senior Week. Alimorad graduated with a bachelor's degree in music technology on May 7. Alimorad, from Harrison, hopes to become a recording artist. - The Journal News


Sometimes you come across an artist or song that just fits, one that immediately warms you, calms you down from the moment you press play. Jamie Alimorad’s track Rock Me To Heaven brilliantly showcases this kind of warmth. The song alone has the power to capture your attention and your heart, but also – it’s a superb introduction to an artist who consistently writes from a place of honesty and depth. There’s nothing to worry about when you listen to his music. That is to say, it has the effect of freeing you from your daily troubles, it has that natural power, the very basic nature of music and art. Rock Me To Heaven in particular is a fine example of this kind of effectiveness.

It’s a beautifully heart felt song, poetically and honestly written, quite clearly designed by real emotions, real feelings; that’s something you can tell just by listening – you can feel that every word really meant something. The vocal performance is smooth and flawless, yet it still has this lovely element of rawness to it, the voice of talent within an artist that you can really connect with. Some of the notes reached are phenomenal, it’s a really strong performance throughout, and the music is perfectly constructed and placed at every turn.

Jamie Alimorad is an artist based in Boston, Massachusetts. He’s a passionate and skillful musician and song writer, with the added benefit of graduating with a degree in Music Tech. His first EP was entitled Cornerstone, you can head over to his Website to listen and find out more about his musical endeavors. In essence, the songs Jamie Alimorad writes are those of a simplistic kind of beauty and strength. He knows how to write, it seems to come naturally for him, and the music surrounding the melody and the lyrics just falls into place superbly. There is never a moment of doubt or error, like this is exactly what he is supposed to be doing, and he makes sure every part of it is just where it needs to be. The result is a collection of incredibly well written and flawlessly performed and produced music.

The track Rock Me To Heaven has a classic, acoustic rock kind of sound to it. The writing shines brightly and you really walk away from this one feeling like you’ve experienced something real, warm, and wonderful. The video that accompanies the music is gorgeously in keeping with the mood created by the track. That simplistic beauty, the distinct presence of a natural talent for writing and singing, the lack of a need for any overbearing effects or musical additives. The skill is there, so no filler is necessary.

I was in fact reminded just slightly of the more mellower side of Bryan Adams, that stripped back rock kind of sound – it’s not just an acoustic track, it feels like more than that, like there could be a huge orchestra accompanying the performance, or equally you could take everything away except the artist and his guitar, and in both cases the power and the openness would shine through. It’s a pretty amazing thing to achieve within a single song, and on top of this the whole track has a certain timeless flair to it. It would be a pleasure to hear now, tomorrow, and in ten years time no doubt.

Check it out for yourself; this is Jamie Alimorad, the official track and video for Rock Me To Heaven.

The guitar work as well is something you can really notice in this, behind all of the music and the writing; it’s brilliantly on point and really well developed. A lot of skill and control in the playing, throughout his catalogue actually – one of his less recent tracks, Forever and a Day, is another great example. The music is fantastic, every song has been so well structured and thought out, then beautifully performed and recorded. His entire collection of music is a haven for that feel good, pop rock vibe that can brighten up even the darkest of days.

You can find Rock Me To Heaven over on Spotify, or if you head to his Website you can take home a copy of your own and listen to your heart’s content. Stay involved and look out for live shows and new releases by following Jamie on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud and Instagram. His openness, his realness, transcend into the online world; he quite regularly shares wonderful snippets of his musical endeavors, gigs, practice sessions – well worth a follow, a great source of joy and inspiration. You can also find out more about him over on his Website. - Stereo Stickman


Singer, songwriter, producer, Jamie Alimorad first hit the stage as a solo artist in the underground Boston club scene in 2009. The following year he graduated from Northeastern University with a music technology degree and released his first EP “Cornerstone”. His power ballad “She Is…” went on to become the most-played song in the history of iRadio LA, the world’s longest-running, independent music station. His first full-length album Words Left Unsaid, released in July 2012 catapulted Alimorad to sold-out, marquis performer status in Hollywood’s premiere venues like the Troubadour, Whisky A Go-Go, and the Roxy.

Jamie Alimorad is currently working on a new album with Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Gino Vannelli due out in 2016. The first single, “Rock Me To Heaven”, has now been released worldwide. Many of today’s artists could learn a lot from Alimorad. There’s nothing bland or boring about his music in the least. He has everything many current musicians lack – energy, soul, passion, feeling, intelligence and talent.

jamie-alimorad-cover“Rock Me To Heaven” is about as perfect as /pop/rock songs can be – tempo changes, interesting chord progressions, strong lyrics, buildups, crescendos, sweet melody, rich harmony and great hooks into the choruses. It sounds crisp and fresh from beginning to end, with a spotless production, backed by great musicianship. To be quite honest I wouldn’t have expected anything less with a legend like Vannelli behind the boards. The recording and sonic elements are superbly layered, powerful, and incredibly melodic.

What did surprise me was Jamie Alimorad’s voice. He has a great range of which he is always in control. Added to his crystal clear diction, solid phrasing and emotional nuancing, makes his deliveries quite impressive, but more importantly so easy to understand. No doubt the songwriting here is of a similar high-standing quality. Vannelli’s undeniable introspective nature and immense talent at crafting a catchy, yet meaningful tune are transparent in this work. So much of what he brings to the table is missing from today’s music. And Jamie Alimorad’s interpretation and performance is impeccably affecting.

“Rock Me To Heaven” is a love song that is infectious, touching and passionate. With so many manufactured artists in music today, it’s refreshing to have someone that actually has real musicality and artistic sensibility. You can definitely tell the difference between someone that just wants to be a star – versus someone who produces music because they love what they do. To say Jamie Alimorad has won me over with this song is an understatement. Like all great music, his songs are transporting, and this achievement works on multiple levels – it will get your heart racing, give you Goosebumps at times, and make you feel really excited about being in love! - Jamsphere


Discography

Still working on that hot first release.

Photos

Bio

Singer, songwriter, producer, Jamie Alimorad first hit the stage as a solo artist in the underground Boston club scene in 2009. The following year he graduated from Northeastern University with a music technology degree and released his first EP Cornerstone.

Jamie Alimorad considers first recorded tracks: What You Have, She Is. . ., Stay With Me and In Her Smile, to capture his musical essence. All four songs peaked at #1 on the Indie104 Top 40 chart in 2011. The power ballad She Is went on to become the most-played song in the history of iRadio LA, the worlds longest-running, independent music station. Cornerstone gained Alimorad not only radio presence but also a fan base across the country, prompting a bicoastal tour including performances in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

The tour ended with a return to the studio, where Alimorad recorded twelve new songs for his highly anticipated, first full-length album Words Left Unsaid. The album released in July 2012 to rave reviews, which catapulted Alimorad to sold-out, marquis performer status in Hollywoods premiere venues like the Troubadour, Whisky A Go-Go, and the Roxy.

The lead single Dancing With You followed the success of the first four tracks, landing Alimorad back on the top of indie music charts. The fan-favorite, tongue-in-cheek second single Thats What She Said hit the IMC Top 10 chart, where it stayed for 26 weeks, topping it at #1 for six weeks. "Beautiful" was released as a single on February 12, 2013 and topped the IMC Top 10 Chart for three weeks.

The popularity of these two songs and others turned Alimorad into the most demanded artist on indie radio stations based out of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Miami. He was also nominated for the 2012 Hollywood Music In Media Awards (Best Rock Song: Weapon) and the 2013 Artists in Music Awards for Best Rock Artist and Best Pop Artist.

The albums triumphs in the U.S. started a domino effect of media attention for Alimorad abroad. Both Words Left Unsaid and Cornerstone have been praised by reviewers in print magazines and blogs in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Australia, and Canada.

Alimorad has begun work on a new studio album with Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Gino Vannelli due out in 2016.

Honored by the enthusiastic reaction to his music, Jamie Alimorad is eager to continue giving his fans his music, his passion, his all.

You can listen to and/or purchase is songs by logging onto any of the following websites:
www.facebook.com/jamiealimorad
www.myspace.com/jamiealimorad
www.twitter.com/jamiealimorad
www.reverbnation.com/jamiealimorad
www.jango.com/music/jamiealimorad
www.soundcloud.com/jamie-alimorad
www.jamiealimorad.bandcamp.com

For press inquiries please contact Dani Felt at dani@creativespotlight.com

Band Members