Jamie Leonhart

Jamie Leonhart

 New York City, New York, USA
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"imagine Feist, Laura Nyro and Corinne Bailey Rae on a bicycle built for three." Nick Dedina, Rhapsody.com

Biography

"...introspective, contemplative, melancholy and dreamy all at once....a consistently impressive outing from this New York City based singer/songwriter" - ALL MUSIC GUIDE

With her Sunnyside Records debut album, The Truth About Suffering, the sharp-witted chanteuse Jamie Leonhart enters the world of a new kind of diva, dynamic in emotional range and diverse in genre-crossing ability.

Born in New York City, the granddaughter of a cantor, and the youngest of three musically-curious children, Jamie began studying the violin at the age of three and singing soon after. Her inspiration to find her own voice began in her early teen years while singing in a vocal jazz ensemble, and at home foraging through her brother's expansive eclectic record collection. After graduating with a degree in English Literature from Barnard College, Jamie continued her musical journey: through leading a "pop" band, to singing as a soloist in the New York Metro Mass Gospel Choir to performing as a solo artist at prominent New York venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, the Living Room, and Joe's Pub.

Jamie writes about many things: love, vulnerability, perspective, patience, and trust. "These songs talk about the truth -- the truth about being uncomfortable, fitting in or not fitting in, and addressing and sometimes accepting flaws and faults," Leonhart says. "A lot of the tunes explore that: the human condition in its most basic form. The more intimate and specific I am with my lyrics, the more I hear from people that a song really 'spoke to them'-- that I captured the sentiment that they were struggling to put to words, or felt alone in. So something very personal and intimate becomes universal."

The release of The Truth About Suffering announces to the world a new and engaging talent to be reckoned with -- Jamie Leonhart.

Jamie has performed as a soloist from the stages of great New York Institutions including Avery Fisher Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to intimate venues such as Joe’s Pub and Rockwood Music Hall. Jamie is employed as both a voice actor and vocalist for television and radio (Lifetime, Oxygen, TRESemmé, Neutrogena brand, Bratz brand dolls, etc.) and also works extensively as a background and session singer (Judy Kuhn, Paul Brill, Beatriz Acevedo, the Undisputed Heavyweights and more).

Jamie's music has been featured in a National Network commercial for TRESemme Flawless Curls. The song, "Told You" was released due to popular demand and is available on iTunes.

Lyrics

forward motion

Written By: Jamie Leonhart

I hold tight
Like muscle to bone with all of my might
To anchor against the eventual flow
of forward motion

Night after night
I wake with a start
with my heart exploding
willing a change without doing a thing
to make it happen

Days are so weary
With worry and regret
Obsessing in circles has done me no good
and I struggle to forget

That I'm
Just one in a million
with too little time
that's eaten up daily
By worryin' 'bout failure
While life just happens.

So time
Keeps passing by
And my only reason
For stepping aside
is I'm not quite certain
What's behind the curtain
So I move slowly

Through days that are weary
With worry and regret
Obsessing in circles has done me no good
And I struggle to forget.

I'm a piece of fabric
On a shirt that doesn't fit
I'm the loose connection
In the lamp that won't stay lit

Fight against the flight of time
Fight to show the world that I'm
Not stuck inside

These days that are so weary
With worry and regret
Obsessing in circles has done me no good
But oh I struggle - lord I struggle
to forget

The Truth About Suffering

Written By: Jamie Leonhart

I spend my time making small circles
Tiny dots on a page
Encircled by my own designs that keep spinning round
Spinning round

After some time, the strands start to unwind
Spinning out, spinning out
Exposing new skin
So my designs scatter free in the wind
Unsteady now
Steady now

Oh but the tide isn’t waiting
And my mind is still racing
And the momentum keeps changing
Slow down
Slow down

Will there in time,
Be a chance to rewind
To gather up my designs
Dot by dot, line by line
Somehow
Somehow

Oh but the tide isn’t waiting
And my mind is still racing
And the momentum keeps changing
Slow down
Slow down

And for each night that will end with the day
There is a dream that keeps drifting away
So I keep trying to sleep…

Oh but the tide isn’t waiting
And my mind is still racing
And the momentum keeps changing
Slow down
Slow down

Satisfy Your Soul

Written By: jamie leonhart

Now that I’ve shed my second skin
I find it harder to begin the day
With smiles and style and laughs and open doors

Now that the layer has been scratched
My in and out don’t seem to match
And I struggle to make sense of the simple things

Now that you’ve seen me come undone
My mind has only just begun to comprehend
The depths of my imagination

Now that the die is cast
And the days don’t last as long as I had
hoped and wished they would

(when I thought)
I knew how to handle
I knew how
I knew how to handle myself

Now what I struggle with inside
Is an ache to satisfy
The dreams desires and prayers and
Longings of my heart

Now that I’ve only just begun
to recognize I’m having fun
to recognize the thrill of my emancipation

(from when)
I knew how to handle
I knew how
I knew how to handle myself

Let go of memories
Slip into unknown streams
& open my mind to explore the potential
Of sharing the world of my thoughts
No longer run and hide
I’ve got to satisfy my soul
My soul…

I knew how to handle
I knew how
I knew how to handle myself

Control Freak

Written By: Jamie Leonhart

Toward one thing, means away from something else
Vital, violent shifts, they take me from myself
For a moment…

Continuously upsetting my equilibrium
When did I stop being so blind and deaf and dumb?
Cause I notice more.

It’s not that I don’t want to have it’s just that I don’t want to want.
The more I want the more I feed the need to cede --
To turn it all off…

I am a control freak
I want everything to be neat
& put it all in little boxes
I never will enjoy surprises

I just want control
I just want control

Maybe I can find a better way to calm my mind
Invent a new way of thinking
That would do me good

What’s wrong may not be right
But I can’t get my little light
To shine with any conviction
After all time

It’s not that I don’t want to have it’s just that I don’t want to want.
But I can’t concede to wear my heart upon my sleeve
What does that mean?

I am a control freak
I want everything to be neat
& put it all in little boxes
I never will enjoy surprises

I just want control
I just want control

Discography

The Truth About Suffering (Sunnyside Records) (2008)
forward motion (2006)
area (2002)
available on iTunes

www.jamieleonhart.com
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