"Gorgeous, sun-struck acoustic soul" - Globe & Mail
Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson shines his light with an incredible voice, therapeutic lyrics, and a magical way with melodies. A regular on CBC’s Vinyl Cafe, and winner of the grand prize for folk in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his song Rail.
Known for his compelling covers and impressive guitar style, Reid is also a gifted interpreter of classic and cult tunes as evidenced on his popular 50s era tribute to Elvis: The Presley Sessions. His latest present to his fans is a winter-themed record titled Songs For A Winter's Night; an unusual holiday collection that includes three originals, plus unique covers of Nick Lowe, Willie Nelson, Gordon Lightfoot, Tori Amos and Steve Miller Band.
Reid's original recordings feature guests Sarah Harmer, Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas), Bob Egan (Wilco, Blue Rodeo), and John Sheard (Celine Dion, Dan Hill). Reid recently recorded and performed with the Cowboy Junkies on The Kennedy Suite project, and will record a duet with Margo Timmins and a variety of other talented ladies as part of a larger collection in 2015.
Speaking of duets, Reid can often be found performing as an entertaining duo with his songwriting partner (and saucy wife) Carolyn Victoria Mill. Along with their Lennon win, the two wrote their way into the Vancouver Folk Music Festival by winning 1st prize in the Pickin' a Folk Star Contest, while their new Christmas classic Sentimental Song has placed as a finalist in several competitions internationally.
Now there are cd releases and then there are cd releases. Juniper's Kitchen, 12 years in the making, is the first with Reid Jamieson being joined by his wife and long-time songwriting partner Carolyn Victoria Mill on vocals. A true labour of love, they wrote and sang every song together, and will release it on their wedding anniversary in October by taking a 2 month ‘tourcation’ with club dates and house concerts in Canada, the US, and even the UK! A little Johnny and June meets Fleetwood Mac, this country-flavoured record is all about the songs. No crowdfunding or label support, just a lot of hard work and talented friends pulling for the same magical musical outcome. We think you are going to like what they cooked up.
A male k.d. Lang, or Roy Orbison’s long lost son; the comparisons continue to come in but Reid remains uniquely himself. You won't want to miss what he does next, so please stay tuned for more from this tender troubadour...
2014 - The Kennedy Suite by The Cowboy Junkies, which includes Reid's touching performance of 'Take Heart' made the long list for the Polaris Prize.
2014 Semi-Finalist in the International Songwriting Contest for the song ‘Rail written by Jamieson/Mill.
2013 Finalist in the Great American Song Contest for the Christmas song ‘Sentimental Song’ written by Reid Jamieson and Carolyn Mill.
2013 Finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest for the Christmas song ‘Sentimental Song’ written by Jamieson/Mill.
2013 Semi-Finalist in the International Songwriting Contest for the song ‘Sentimental Song’ written by Jamieson and Mill.
2012 - 1st prize in the Pickin' a Folk Star Contest, Vancouver Folk Music Fest for the song ‘Rain or Shine’ written and performed by Reid Jamieson and Carolyn Mill.
2012 – Won the grand prize for folk in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for the song ‘Rail’ written by Reid Jamieson and Carolyn Mill. A prize value of over $10,000.
2011 – 3rdprize in the Pickin' a Folk Star Contest, Vancouver Folk Music Fest for the song ‘Volunteers’ written by Jamieson/Mill.
2011 – Top 5 in BC for Suzuki’s Playlist for the Planet for the song ‘The Combination’ written by Jamieson/Mill.
2011 – Top 20 finalist in SHORE104’s Song Search for the song “Lost’ written by Jamieson/Mill.
2010 – Top 10 finalist in SHORE104’s Song Search for the song ‘Rail’ written by Jamieson/Mill.
SELECTED FILM & TV PLACEMENTS
REMEDY - Gift Of Life appeared in this Global TV series starring Dillon Casey, Enrico Colantoni, full track eps 104 S1.
JAKE AND JASPER: A FERRET TALE - Lost appeared in this award winning short directed by Alison Parker and starring Connor Stanhope (Smallville), the track was also used on their extras dvd.
BEING HUMAN - Rail appeared in an episode of SyFy's new take on the popular BBC sci-fi series in 2012.
THE KATE LOGAN AFFAIR - Grass & Dirt (The Unavoidable Truth) was used in the 2010 Feature Film starring Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), written and directed by Noël Mitrani.
18 TO LIFE - My Green Thumb appeared in an episode of this CBC series.
DAKOTA - Paperback Fantasy (The Unavoidable Truth) was in this feature film by by Mathew Atkinson, Starring Brendan Gall. Winner of special jury prize Winnipeg International Film Festival.
SHADOW LIFE - The Unavoidable Truth was featured in a short romantic comedy written/directed by Aaron Yeger.
CHRIS AND JOHN TO THE RESCUE - My Green Thumb appeared in a romatic episode of this online series.
RENEGADE PRESS - Almost August (from The Noise In My Chest) was featured in an episode of this online series.
Reid has toured 4 times with CBC’s Vinyl Cafe, and been recorded on 9 of their broadcasted radio shows. Reid has performed at The Vancouver Folk Music Festival (x2), Mariposa Folk Fest (x1), Hillside Festival (x2), NXNE (x2), CMW (x1), Rifflandia (x2), Bluerbird North (x3), Portland’s Alberta Street Fair (x2), Harmony Arts Festival (x2), Vancouver Island Music Business Conference (x2), New Music West, Halifax Pop Explosion and more. Reid performs regularly in Vancouver at the St James Hall, The Sylvia Hotel, The Railway and in Toronto at the Rivoli and Hugh’s Room. Reid also performs regularly at sold out house concerts in the Seattle WA area. Reid makes a point to perform at various benefits for the Food Bank, Rape Relief and Women’s shelters, Aunt Leah’s Society, Make Poverty History, Artists Against Racism, Car Free Day, Shooting Stars Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity and more. http://www.reidjamieson.com/dates.htm
"After Reid appeared on the Vinyl Cafe we received tremendous feedback from our audience. He stole the show...He blew me away."
- Stuart McLean - CBC Vinyl Cafe
"I don't know how I missed it, but somewhere between the release of his debut CD, 'Staring Contest' and what could be mistaken for a simple holiday album 'Songs For A Winter's Night,' Reid Jamieson has become the greatest Canadian pop singer" - NoDepression.com
“Happy to follow you, Reid. You're one of the best singers in the country.” @ThatEricAlper
'Irresistible...' - Eye Magazine
'Arresting...dazzling voice' - Toronto Sun
"Neither derivative nor nostalgic...The Unavoidable Truth, is a work of elegant, understated beauty... enveloping the listener in the atmospheric glow of his soulful vocals." - Paste Magazine (4 to Watch)
"Prepare to be surprised..." - Vancouver Province
"A solo, handcrafted effort, with the honey-sweet crooner...(and the) ladies swooned"
- Brad Wheeler / Globe & Mail
'Beautifully done...a truly authentic voice.' - Molly Johnson
'Jamieson's songs are unabashedly crisp (take that, Bonnie Prince!), drenched in wistful piano/guitar melodies, and centered on his satin whisper.'- CNET.com
"Neither derivative nor nostalgic...The Unavoidable Truth, is a work of elegant, understated beauty that juggles elements of plaintive folk, rock and countrified pop while enveloping the listener in the atmospheric glow of his soulful vocals." - Paste Magazine (4 to Watch For)
'Well-constructed pop treasures that rival Glenn Tilbrook's compositional prowess and the emotionally potent presentation of Jeff Buckley... gorgeous, unbridled voice beams thoughtful lyrics over a vintage country-inspired band.'
- MilesOfMusic.com 'Toronto boy kicks Josh Rouse's ass crooning indie-soul-country classics all of his own making...your life will be better with this music in it.'- Americana UK
'More than just another promising upstart...rootsy, mellow and honey-sweet.' - Toronto Life
"The Unavoidable Truth showcases a talented and tender young artist with seemingly limitless potential and a total package that screams mainstream accessibility without losing credibility. Take that, John Mayer."- Glorious Noise Chicago IL
'An intelligent, eclectic-pop tunesmith with a rich voice in the tradition of Neil Finn or Glenn Tilbrook, but his short, sharp songs are more guileless, emotionally honest and vulnerable.'- Eye Magazine
'Utterly charming on stage, Jamieson kept a packed room in pin-drop silence... He caressed the notes with his honey-sweet croon, held a space for us all with the clarity of his vision, intent and purpose, and melted hearts throughout the set.'- Umbrella Music NXNE 2004