Jaymie Gerard

Jaymie Gerard

 Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA
BandFolkAmericana

Stimulating and sincere, Jaymie Gerard is a true performer with over 600 original songs to share with her audience.

Biography

To describe this NJ-native as prolific would be an understatement. With over 600 original songs in genres across the board (folk, acoustic, pop, rock, dance, children’s music, political, Americana...), it is easy to find music in Jaymie Gerard's catalog that moves you. As a songwriter, she has been compared to John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Ray LaMontagne and Aimee Mann, yet she maintains her own voice, her own sound, and her own image.

A seasoned performer, Jaymie has been sharing her original songs with the public for over 16 years. On stage, she grabs hold of the hearts and minds of her audience; her honesty and approachability allows listeners to connect and engage naturally.

Jaymie draws inspiration from the world around her - books, short stories, friends, family, and strangers she meets in her travels and day to day. More recently, her music has taken a distinctive turn towards folk, as she enjoys the storytelling aspect of the genre.

Now partnered with her husband, Geb Zurburg, also a talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Jaymie's music has reached a new level of intimacy. Their latest release, Acoustic Sessions (EP), features a handful of thought-provoking, emotional songs including a duet with Geb entitled, "Loved Enough."

Her 2010 releases (Ain't Life Sweet EP & Black-Eyed Susans EP) were an exploration of production, pushing the limits of "pop music" by infusing it with meaningful content. Both EP's have been receiving a good deal of streaming airplay.

Jaymie has performed at numerous venues in the tri-state area, as well as music festivals in NJ (Black Potatoe Music Fest., Wave Gathering Emergence Festival, NJ Folk Festival) and NH (Keene Music Festival).

She, her husband, and bass virtuoso, Andy Huenerberg, are currently recording a Folk/Americana LP expected to be released in late spring, 2011.

For more information on Jaymie Gerard, please visit her website at http://www.jaymiegerard.com

Lyrics

Black Eyed Susans

Written By: Jaymie Gerard

BLACK EYED SUSANS

I am driving past a field of Black Eyed Susans fast,
The river rushing, touching grass grown wild
Sun flashes through the trees, through branches building canopies
These memories of summer make me smile

“Why don’t we leave this place?” you said to me in our embrace,
We turned around to the face the open road
And though those days were fun, they couldn’t last, those days are done,
You turned again and said you had to go

Oh my heart is on the line,
And I got you on my mind

Just a night ago I held you in my arms as though
I’d hold you in my arms forever more
But every dream will break, the truth comes to you when you wake,
Just shake it off and walk right out the door

Oh my heart is on the line
I got you on my mind

Spinning, with you in the field, a sea of yellow, black and green
The crashing colors paint the scene from up above
Those words, you’d never leave my side you kissed the covers of my eyes
So go the reckonings of love

You and I had something sweet, the flowers dancing by our feet
I thought of you and was completely had
I hear your name again, flashbacks of dreams, oh
Settling for less, you know, could only make me mad

Oh my heart is on the line, I said
Oh my heart is on the line
And I got you on my mind

Loved Enough

Written By: Jaymie Gerard

LOVED ENOUGH (Duet; M=1, F=2)

1: Holding ain’t easy love
2: Joking a heart won’t make it grow
1 & 2: Have we loved enough to let go?
1 & 2: Haven’t we loved enough to let go?

2: Lover, I saw you that morning
2: Watching your heart head to the door
1 & 2: Have we loved enough to let go?
2: Haven’t I loved enough to let you go?

1 & 2: Afraid of losing what we’re losing
We’re only choosing us to stall

1: When you, you told me you’re leaving
1: I turned and said, “I told you so”
1 & 2: Have we loved enough to let go?
1: Haven’t I loved enough to let you go?

1 & 2: Afraid of losing what we’re losing
We’re only choosing us to fall

1 & 2: Holding, ain’t easy love
Joking a heart won’t make it grow
Have we loved enough to let go?
Haven’t we loved enough
To let go?

Ain't Life Sweet

Written By: Jaymie Gerard

I think I need a little love, I think I need a little sleep, I think I need a little you
Big empty bed, and I been swimming in my head, been in a rut, but I know what to do
Hit the parkway through the traffic and signs, I pay my tolls, leave the windows rolled down
I'm coming back, I'm coming home, I don't want to be alone, want to see you

It's summertime, oh my, there ain't a cloud up in the sky, I'm sitting soaking the sun
88 degrees, I hear the wind in the trees, and the feel the breeze coming down
(Then I) walk through your door, drop my bags on the floor, look up babe & oh what a treat
The way you look at me, now I got all I need, man, I'll tell you

Ooh, Ooh, ain't life sweet?

Ain't nothing like these days of mine
Ain't nothing like my lover's eyes
Ain't nothing like the high they bring me to
Ain't nothing like the sky above
Ain't nothing like this life I love
Ain't nothing like the way it loves me
too

I'm gonna wear my summertime dress, I'm gonna leave off all my makeup and shoes
You can bring your old green hat, we're gonna walk down to the dock for the view
Of the sun just sinking down, golden, and this moment couldn't be more complete
Then you wrap your arms around me, and you ask me

Ooh, Ooh, ain't life sweet?

Ain't Life Sweet

Sailing

Written By: Jaymie Gerard

I’m on a rolling wave, the ocean’s slave, make my way to the starboard
On the deck, an endless sea, a harbor of humility, it’s onward

And onward again
I’m sailing

Forty days since I’ve been gone, my ship’s been wrecked, my sails are drawn, I’m rowing

I'm thinking of you
And floating

Who will you love, when there’s no one by your side?
Who will you think of, tonight?

All these stars to hold me, cradled, rocking to the waves, but still I’m lonely
Salted lips and blistered skin, the sea's assaulted everything I’m holding

And those memories of home
Are growing

Who will you love, when there’s no one by your side?
Who will you think of, tonight?

Oh Poseidon,
I’m beside myself
I can think of no one better
There’s no one else

Who will you love, when there’s no one by your side?
Who will you think of, tonight?
Who will you love, when there’s no one by your side?
Who will you think of, tonight?

Discography

2011 - Acoustic Sessions (EP); Ghetto Nightingale (single)
2010 - Ain't Life Sweet (EP): streaming airplay; Black-Eyed Susans (EP): streaming airplay
2009 - Feels Like Home (LP); Christmas Ain't the Time (single)
2008 - Freedom in Falling (LP); In it to Win (LP); Around & Around (single)
2006 - Live 2006 (LP)

Promotional
Chevy in Drive - Chevrolet Legends Volume 2

Set List

1-3 hours of original music :-)

Jaymie performs solo, as a duo with her husband, as an acoustic trio, and with a full band.