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""Someday" review"

White-girl blues at its pertinently psychological best.

"This misleadingly simple blues song--that starts out as a kind of classic jukebox/bar band missive from one forlorn lover to the one too fearful of taking that chance at love--transcends both lyrically and in the strength of Jamie singing. And that bit about the psychological perspicacity: "If only you could push your fears aside . . . we could make it someday." Nice. Aside from a great band, her singing here exudes a seductive mix of Motown R&B, Nashville Americana, and Aussie rocker". - Devon Jackson (Magazine Editor -Freelance Music Journalist)

"Jamie Rumley"

As is tradition on such an occasion, local singer-songwriter Jamie Rumley is holding a show to celebrate the release of her first proper LP, What Are You Waiting For?
What breaks tradition here is the option for fans to watch the show from the comfort of their own home.
Rumley’s unique blend of Motown R&B, Nashville Americana and Aussie rock will not only be performed live from the West End Cultural Centre, but also streamed live via her website – http://www.jamierumley.com.
The West St. Paul-born Rumley has been on the local scene for nearly a decade, with two EPs and an audio engineering program under her belt. This gives the artist a leg up, allowing her to write, record and produce her own material.
As stated in her bio, the songs in her canon seem to “recall a mishmash of acts from yesteryear”, creating a sense of nostalgia.
The combination of her genre-bending tunes and the idea of experiencing a live show without getting beer spilled on your shoes are just a few of the things that set Rumley apart from the rest.
Check out Rumley’s CD release party with special guests Callida and Feed the Birds at the WECC on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door and are available through any of the artists, Into the Music, Planet of Sound and the WECC.
– Kaeleigh Ayre - Article from The Uniter

"Jamie Rumley - What Are You Waiting For (Independent)"

West St. Paul folk-pop/rock singer/songwriter Jamie Rumley recalls a mishmash of acts from yesteryear. Catchy folk-pop melodies and reel-you-in acoustic hooks (About You) are interspersed with folksy upbeat numbers (Walk On), a few slow-burners filled with woe (Fade Away) and some rough-around-the-edges rockers (Save Me). Unfortunately, there are some production issues. The dreamy effect achieved with echoey vocal effects works on Behind Closed Doors but comes across as a misplaced mistake on Back Scene. That said, What Are You Waiting For carries a certain charming quality that makes me nostalgic for ’90s singer/songwriters, and I kind of like that.
— Julijana Capone - Uptown Magazine Review


What Are You Waiting For (2011) [SOCAN/ASCAP]
1.Behind Closed Doors
3.Back Scene
5.Falling From Grace
6.Back To You
7.Walk On
8.Save Me
9.About You
10.Fade Away

renovations (2008)
1. Anywhere But Here
2. Don't Know Why
3. Thank You
4. Had to Be
5. Blind
6. Lost In Myself

Songs can be heard at: http://www.jamierumley.bandcamp.com



For as long as she can remember, Jamie Rumley heard her parents playing the music of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and The Rolling Stones around their home in the small community of West St. Paul, MB. Before long she was singing in Church and School choirs and later playing the bass guitar, piano and alto saxophone (which earned her several awards at a young age). But her inspiration to pick up the guitar and begin penning her own music came from listening to artists like Sheryl Crow, Janis Joplin and The Cranberries.

She has come a long way since those choir days. After completing an Audio Engineering Program in 2002, Rumley wrote, recorded and produced her debut album Out of the Ordinary. The first single, "Anywhere But Here," is still a fan favourite and ended up being featured on her next project, which did not arrive until several years later.

After a long hiatus from music making, she found her way back to her roots in 2008 and recorded her follow-up album: an EP entitled Renovations. Produced by Adam Halstrom (Pollution Lake Sound) and featuring six songs which could all be categorized in different genres, the project ties together surprisingly well and was received with open arms in Canada and all over Europe. After the release of Renovations came a spring “Compilation Tour” of Western Canada with fellow Winnipegger, Lindsey White, who also contributed lead guitar to the project.

Three years later Rumley has written yet another entirely new collection of songs. Her latest offering, What are You Waiting For, was recently released in Canada and sees her moving in a fresh direction with the help of long time producer Adam Halstrom. Rumley collaborates again with White (piano/vocals), as well as a Toronto based artist who cowrote the single “Back to You,” with the multi-talented Halstrom contributing bass, drums, vocals, guitar and some piano. Clearly her most polished effort to date, What are You Waiting For contains ten well crafted and neatly produced songs spanning several musical genres; all distinctly ‘Jamie Rumley.’ Ranging from straight forward rock to dreamy folk-pop to suped up versions of classic folk, the album combines elements of all her influences painted on an edgier indie rock backdrop that demands an attentive ear through and through.

Jamie Rumley’s bittersweet lyrics and diverse music might remind you of her favorite artists but her uniqueness makes her a genre all her own.