Jamila Ford

Jamila Ford

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Erykah Badu's funky, cool meets the earthy folk of Tracy Chapman.

Biography

After a year of professional turmoil and personal tragedy, singer-songwriter Jamila Ford has returned with her first full-length album Enough. Ford’s most recent album Enough was recently nominated by the Independent Music Awards best Soul/R&B album for 2010. Ford has always had a knack for pinpointing emotions that well from her personal experiences – the struggle for self realization, the search for inner strength and independence, the joy of love, the pain and confusion of rejection, and the acceptance of all of our imperfections. Now with the death of her beloved mother in law and the loss of her day job, Ford has found her voice again. She has channeled her struggles into a bluesy, folksy, and funky song cycle, reminiscent of the work of Norah Jones, Nikka Costa, and Tracy Chapman. “I think people hear my songs, relate to the lyrics and realize they aren’t alone… Someone else has felt the same way too.” Enough is like eavesdropping on an intimate conversation after which you want to run and tell everyone you know what you’ve just heard.
An active member of West Coast Songwriters (WCS), Ford was awarded “Hollywood Songwriter of the Year” for her song titled “Not Exactly Perfect.” She went on to compete at the grand finals along side the year’s other regional winners at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA. She has played Room 5, Pig N Whistle, The Whisky, and Genghis Cohen to enthusiastic and supportive audiences. Her songs “Ordinary People” and “If You Ever Loved Me” have been featured on podcasts in the UK and Japan. Her music has also been featured artist on iheartradio.com’s New! Discover & Uncover.
Ford has also lent her backing vocals to the projects and live shows of artists such as Bonnie Pointer, Barry Goldberg’s Soul Riot, Fat Danny & the Hard Tymz, Lee Newman, Abraham Cloud, Nektare, Andrew Hyra, Josh Rich, Alicia Grant, Shari Puorto & the Rhythm Addicts, Artist Robinson, Larry Klein, Joe Hajek and Jennifer Quiroz just to name a few.

Discography

Enough (2010)
Fabulous (2002)
Traces of the Day (2000)