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"Gorgeous, sun-struck acoustic soul"  - Globe & Mail

Reid Jamieson is a classic Canadian heartbreaker with an incredible voice, therapeutic lyrics and a magical way with melodies. Born and raised in Toronto, Reid moved west to beautiful Vancouver BC to write and record while performing regularly with CBC’s Vinyl Cafe Orchestra. His new record Staring Contest features the track RAIL that who just won the grand prize for folk in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Reid headed out on the Christmas tour with CBC's Vinyl Cafe in 2012, with his shiny new collection of winter-themed songs titled Song's For A Winter's Night.

Reid can often be found performing with his songwriting partner (and wife) Carolyn Victoria Mill. Along with their Lennon win, the two just 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. This creative couple continue to churn out music that matters by regularly releasing topical singles on subjects from the politics of the people, to everlasting love.

A male k.d. Lang, a poor man’s Michael Buble, or Roy Orbison’s long lost son; the comparison’s 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...

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Back in 2004 Reid independently released an alt-country gem titled The Unavoidable Truth to much critical acclaim. Self-penned and produced by Josh Finlayson (Gord Downie Band, Skydiggers) the disc featured guest appearances from Sarah Harmer, Mia Sheard, Peter Elkas, John Southworth, and Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo, Wilco).

 

2007 found Reid releasing a rather unintentional 50s era tribute to Elvis entitled The Presley Sessions. Initially recorded as a birthday gift for his long time sweetheart, this tender offering highlighted Reid's powerful abilities as a gifted interpreter of classic and cult tunes, as evidenced on free cover tracks he regularly posts to his web site. From Sting to Mary Margaret O'Hara - he even takes requests!

 

In the fall of 2009 a stripped down preview of 6 new original tracks (later to be revamped on Staring Contest) could be heard on the limited run EP Courting Juniper produced by Byron Kent Wong (David Usher, The Crystal Method).

 

Its now 2012 and his new full length, all original (and self funded) album Staring Contest is here and features Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas), Anne Lindsay (Blue Rodeo) and Vinyl Cafe bandmate John Sheard (Dan Hill, The Henrys). Recorded at various home studios with good pal and drummer Michael Frost of Blackfish Sound in Vancouver. Garden gnomes, unstoppable trains and no less than three proposals (!) can be found in the lyrics of this unabashedly romantic collection.

 

Reid will be heading out with Stuart Mclean on the Vinyl Cafe Christmas tour this November. To celebrate, Reid is releasing an eclectic collection of winter-themed songs, especially chosen to warm your soul when nights grow cold. Recorded at home alone, Reid takes a holiday from the usual well-worn fare with a couple of seasonal originals, as well as luscious interpretations of Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, Nick Lowe, Willie Nelson, Tori Amos (!) plus a few festive surprises.

 

Reid can often be found performing with his songwriting partner (and wife) Carolyn Victoria Mill. Along with their Lennon win, the two just 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. This creative couple continue to churn out music that matters by regularly releasing topical singles on subjects from the politics of the people, to everlasting love.

A male k.d. Lang, a poor man’s Michael Buble, or Roy Orbison’s long lost son; the comparison’s 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...

 

 

STARING CONTEST HIGHLIGHTS

RAIL won the grand prize for the folk category in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (May 2012). RAIL also made the top 10 in SHORE104's SUMMER SONG SEARCH, and is featured in SyFy's series BEING HUMAN.

MY GREEN THUMB is featured in the CBC series 18 TO LIFE

THE COMBINATION made it to the top 5 in BC for SUZUKI's PLAYLIST FOR THE PLANET

File w/ Roy Orbison, Neil Finn, Jeff Buckley & Damien Rice.

 "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

 
'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  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lineup

Reid Jamieson Vocals/Guitar

influences

Blue Rodeo
Neil Finn
Paul McCartney
Sarah Harmer
Wilco
Ron Sexsmith
Josh Rouse
Elvis Presley
The Kinks
Patsy Cline
Willie Nelson
Jeff Buckley
Hawksley Workman
Great Lake Swimmers
Neil Young
Bruce Cockburn
Gordon Lightfoot
Kathleen Edwards
Mia Sheard
Jim Cuddy
Peter Elkas
Bill Withers
Harry Nilsson
Nick Lowe
Roy Orbison
Jill Barber
kd Lang
Michael Buble
Kathleen Edwards
Hey Big Kid
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April, 2013
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It's Not Enough (for healing)
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February, 2013
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Songs For A Winter's Night
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December, 2012
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UnReleased
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November, 2011
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Staring Contest
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September, 2010
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Courting Juniper - EP
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November, 2009
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The Presley Sessions
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August, 2007
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The Unavoidable Truth
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May, 2004
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The Noise In My Chest
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October, 2003
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Cowlick Bravado
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November, 2001
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Video

Hard To Swallow 2:26

Hard To Swallow

"Hard to Swallow" written by Reid Jamieson and Carolyn V. Mill Directed and Edited by Chris Mitchell & Ryan Mitchell Performed by Reid Jamieson All rights © Reid Jamieson 2010 Special thanks to Russell O'Neill and Eric St. Laurent

RAIL (demo) 3:41
Summer School Of Blue Demo 2:59

Summer School Of Blue Demo

Summer School Of Blue Demo recorded at home

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