Jamie Marich (with Jim Stafford)

Jamie Marich (with Jim Stafford)

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Jamie Marich offers her listeners an acoustic collage. Whether playing alone or with partner Jim Stafford, she travels them through various places and decades of the American and European musical experience using a blend of originals and creative cover adaptations.

Biography

“It’s like Jamie has lived seventeen lives in her twenty-some years. Not only is she talented, but she is an inspiration. Her music touches people," muses Ben Houston, a cafe operator and open mic host in Nashville, TN. When it comes to the seventeen lives bit, Ben is not exaggerating. Born to parents who met as teenagers at a national Slavic folk music festival, Jamie Marich was raised in Youngstown, OH where she participated in almost every extra-curricular activity imaginable (including Suzuki violin, figure skating, competitive speech and debate, among others) before graduating with her first bachelor's degree at the age of 19. Plagued by problems in her personal life, Marich then decided to move to Bosnia-Hercegovina, bordering her ancestral homeland of Croatia, where she worked in both humanitarian aid and religious tourism. While in Bosnia, Jamie was part of an international sacred music folk troupe where she had the oppotunity to be mentored by Fr. Ciaran McDonnell (a former member of the Irish pop band, "The Drifters"), and to work with some big names in European music, such as world junior champion violinist Melinda Dumitrescu, and Maite and Paddy Kelly of the German pop band, "The Kelly Family." While living in Europe, Jamie recorded her first CD to cater to her following in sacred music.

Marich returned to the U.S. in 2003 to complete a Master's degree in Counseling, and she contemplated putting her music aside to focus totally on her career. She decided to limit her music to participation in her church's folk choir, but it was there that she met and teamed up with Jim Stafford (no relation to the one in Branson), who Jamie sites as the greatest personal influence on her musical development. In their first year as a duo, they performed many sacred music jobs together, prepared and recorded Jamie's American/alternative country release "Under My Roof," and got themselves ready for their launch as an acoustic duo to be taken seriously. Jamie notes, "What's pretty cool is that I had the chance to work with some of the best musicians in Europe and the Middle East, and I moved back home and found the person I work best with right in my back yard...and that's quite literal, since at the time, Jim was living next door to my mother!" Stafford, who Jamie jokes "has been playing guitar longer than I've been alive," is accomplished at several stringed instruments and had spent years playing is many different types of bands in the Northeast Ohio area. Stafford's strong technique and masterful improvisational ability blend well with Marich's voice, which others have compared to Julie Andrews, Emmylou Harris, and Nanci Griffith. Though they each have strong, separate musical influences (Stafford in a Beatles afficianado, whereas Marich gobbles down anything from Judy Garland to ABBA), they share a mutual admiration for the likes of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Lucinda Williams, Nickel Creek, John Prine, and Ricky Skaggs.

Jamie generally describes what she does as "folk collage," which has no doubt emerged from the experiences over her "seventeen lives." Jamie is creative and is always willing to try out new things with her singing, playing and writing; as duo partner Jim says, "I never know what to expect from her."

As a duo, Jamie and Jim have played at a variety of venues in Youngstown, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland (they recently gigged at The Flat Iron Cafe in the Flats, Cedar's Lounge in Youngstown, and the Sandy Chanty in Geneva-on-the Lake). Recently, Jamie and Jim won the 2005 Community Street Festival talent show in Youngstown, and they have been performing regulars at the Lazy Bean Cafe in Columbiana and at Cafe MoJoe in Pittsburgh. Jamie has achieved radio play in the U.S., Canada, and in several European countries. Since getting back in touch with her musical passion while in Europe, Jamie has played at festivals and conferences in Bosnia, Malta, and Orlando, FL and she has performed at events in several U.S. states (Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New York, Arkansas, Rhode Island, Tennessee). Jamie is registered with ASCAP.

Lyrics

Four Eyes and Fatso

Written By: Jamie Marich

Lynne was adopted,
Had problems with her eyes,
She lived for words but
The other girls lived to terrorize,
One day she started talking
To Nikki in the grade below,
A chubby girl with bad hair
A best friend she needed, so...

CHORUS:
Four eyes and fatso,
The girls would laugh at school.
Filling up our childhoods with
Spitballs of ridicule.
You'll never be nothin'
Who will ever want you,
I wonder what they're saying now.
I wonder what they're saying now.

Both Lynne and Nikki took refuge
In their pens,
Writing a life story that would Reach a happy end.
As the years rolled by these
Ugly ducklings turned to swans,
But the mem'ries of those
Mean girls would forever linger on.

CHORUS:
Four eyes and fatso,
The girls would laugh at school.
Filling up our childhoods with
Spitballs of ridicule.
You'll never be nothin'
Who will ever want you,
I wonder what they're saying now.
I wonder what they're saying now.

Lynne's at the posh store
Trying on her wedding dress,
Her man and the scripts she writes
Keep her from distress
Nikki's down in Nashville
Singing her songs on the stage,
Living a live of beauty on a Splendidly new page.

CHORUS:
Four eyes and fatso,
The girls would laugh at school.
Filling up our childhoods with
Spitballs of ridicule.
You'll never be nothin'
Who will ever want you,
I wonder what they're saying now.
I wonder what they're saying now.

Lil' Red Schoolhouse

Written By: Jamie Marich

Smoke curls out of its chimney top
Four and then some miles down,
Me and John set out every dawnin'
At days' end we trudge it
Back again.

CHORUS:
The lil' red schoolhouse at the
Mountain bottom is the
Prison, shackalin' my soul
My heart aches to ramble the
Tennessee green,
Not to sit here and do but to
Go out and be.

Ev'ry day, Miss Talbot
Waddles to my desk to
Slap me with that gosh darn ruler
Because I'm always fallin' asleep
Dreamin' of where I should be.

CHORUS:
The lil' red schoolhouse at the
Mountain bottom is the
Prison, shackalin' my soul
My heart aches to ramble the
Tennessee green,
Not to sit here and do but to
Go out and be.

One of the things that I
Know how to pray,
Is for the good Lord to
Fly me away from...

This lil' red schoolhouse,
At this mountain bottom,
It's the prison, shackalin' my soul,
My heart aches to ramble the
Tennessee green,
Not to sit here and do but to
Go out and be.

The Drumbeat

Written By: Jamie Marich

If someone give you a hammer,
Do you use it to build a house?
Or are your hands entranced
By the drumbeat,
Making you shatter some glass?

CHORUS:
Oh, the cadence captures the air
Do you let it capture your mind?
Oh, be careful for it can pound you
Into what you despise.

You have been given two hands,
In them two decisions lay
Do you dig for a truth that is deeper
Or swallow his apple in fear?

CHORUS:
Oh, the cadence captures the air
Do you let it capture your mind?
Oh, be careful for it can pound you
Into what you despise.

Take a good look at your two hands
Do they pick up the sticks?
That hover the drumbeat louder?
Down into the souls of their pain?

CHORUS:
Oh, the cadence captures the air
Do you let it capture your mind?
Oh, be careful for it can pound you
Into what you despise.

Discography

"Under My Roof," (Cornersburg Music, 2004). Jamie Marich, with James Stafford and Michael J. Moritz, Jr. Produced and arranged by Marich, Stafford, and Moritz. Features 17 tracks; 15 original tunes, and 2 adaptations of European folk tunes. Available on: http://www.cdbaby.com/marich

"Give Us Your Peace" (self-release, 2002). Jamie Marich. Produced by Denis Buckley. Jamie's self-release Gospel album, recorded in Bosnia-Hercegovina by an Irish producer. Features the musical contributions of 20 artists from 9 different countries.

Set List

Jamie's versatility is one of the primary reasons why she is able to be booked into such a variety of places. Her set lists are never set in stone and are adaptable to the wants of the venue; she is prepared to provide upwards of 4 hours of live, memorized music. Jamie is experienced at providing music in both secular and spiritual venues.

ORIGINALS- Jamie and Jim are able to perform up to 2 hours of strictly original material. Jamie has written upwards of 50 songs, and is continually working on more material. According to fans, some of her best live tunes from "Under My Roof" include:

Nuthin's Sacred In This Town (Country-Folk)
Under My Roof (Folk)
Fly, Little Birdie (Newgrass)
Four Eyes and Fatso (Americana-Folk)
Lil' Red Schoolhouse (Americana-Country)
Swallowed Glass (Folk-Gospel)
Why Didn't I Ask You More? (Americana-Folk)
Come Down (Newgrass)
The Drumbeat (Folk-Blues)
Paint Me A Picture (Folk-Gospel)

COVERS AND ADAPTATIONS- Jamie is best able to cover arti