Today I want to introduce you to the incredible Jamie Floyd! Jamie is a West Palm native who has an awesome sound. Read on to find out more about Jamie and figure out where you can see her at CMA Fest!
NashNews: Tell us a little bit about Jamie Floyd. Who are you? How did you get into music?
Jamie: I am a self taught singer and a songwriter originally from West Palm Beach, FL and I have been working toward my musical dreams starting there and then here in Nashville for the last twenty years. My parents are both professional musicians and I grew up playing gigs with them starting at around 2 years old! I got a record deal and a publishing deal with Epic/Sony as a child in the 90's that ended in 2002, and moved to Nashville right after I turned 18 in 2003. I am incredibly driven and I don't take no for an answer. I've had to learn to believe in myself and have had to work for every single thing that I have accomplished--which have all mostly come the hard way. I wouldn't change it though because it has made me so resilient and especially thankful as I experience the (sometimes seemingly impossible) goals I have set for myself, come true. Don't let ANYONE tell you something is impossible--if you want it bad enough and are actually willing to put the hard work in to achieve it for however long it may take, you will experience the beautiful process of watching it all come to life despite the odds. It is happening to me because I never gave up and I won't--and that's who I am.
NN: What are three words that describe you?
Jamie: Driven, Sensitive, Loyal.
NN: How would you describe your sound and music to our readers?
Jamie: Truck free ;) country music, rootsy, smart yet down to earth just good songs, full of groove, blatant honestly and (my broken) heart. My greatest heroes are Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, George Straight, James Taylor and Jazz music's George Benson--so all of those influences come through in different ways. My sound is also partly a throw back, stylistically and lyrically, to the songwriting bar that was set throughout country music in the 80's and 90's that was full of songs that you never could forget--I'm hoping to be known for digging deep and writing songs and creating a sound that you can always go back to because they have a real pull and affect on you. I want my songs to hopefully define a time in your life when you thought that no one had felt that way or felt as sad as you were--I want to go there and share that with you. I have set out to make music that is real and is hopefully more classic and full of truths that stand the test of time than it is part of any current trend.
NN: You are a singer/songwriter. What is your favorite song you've ever written? What is the meaning/story behind it?
Jamie: I have written hundreds of songs over a twenty year period, all of which carry weight and represent standout moments in my life. At the moment I'd have to say "The Blade" because it is the first time a song of mine that truly encompasses and represents what I'm trying to accomplish as an artist and a songwriter, has reached the most people. I can't really choose a favorite but this one is definitely one of the most important ones I have ever written. I have two unbelievable, legendary cowriters on this song, Marc Beeson & Allen Shamblin, both of whom are from the generation I spoke about earlier who set the bar for what I believe is truly authentic, thoughtful and brilliant country music. I have tried to surround myself with as many of those writers from that time so as to learn from them and, because frankly, they're the writers behind the songs that inspired me to pursue this in the first place. For me personally, this song came from being whole heartedly stunned by the realization that the relationship I had been in was not equal in terms of our feelings for each other. The surprise involved in finding out that someone could be capable of a deception that great is the saddest human experience I have had, yet. Our lyric is pretty conversational and blunt, which is so satisfying to me because in a way, these were my last words to this person and I wanted them to know exactly what the aftermath looked like. Also I love that the song says 'knowing all along' because for me it acknowledges that yes, all along there was a chance it might fall apart, but I never thought you would let that ever happen. It really just lays everything out there and is consistent with exactly what I had felt. I will always be honored to have been a part of this song.
NN: You recently released Sunshine and Rainbows. What was your favorite part about creating this EP? How did you come up with the title for it?
Jamie: My favorite part about creating this EP was that it was the first time in a long time that I had creative control over everything. I didn't have a publisher or anyone at all dictating which songs they thought were worthy or not--I was able to do exactly what I knew in my heart was best for me and my path without any interference. My coproducer, Brad Hill, had the same vision and was so open to doing what was right by these songs--we felt so free and inspired to be creative. I had had the song title "Sunshine and Rainbows" in my head for a while, and I finally wrote it with Shannon Wright a few years ago. That very day I told her: I am going to make an album and this is going to be the title. I knew the bittersweet and somewhat misleading title would be perfect for a project full of songs that were DEFINITELY NOT indicative of things always being kittens and candy canes all the time ;)
NN: What is your favorite gig you've ever had?
Jamie: My EP release show that actually happened this year in March. I had worked my whole life to have that moment happen--to release my first official project and celebrate everything leading up to that accomplishment!
NN: What are three things that you can't leave home for a gig without?
Jamie: 1) I play a unique, black mini Martin guitar so obviously that has to come along
2) though I don't drink or run a tab when I play, I always bring cash to tip the bartenders of the venue (having been in the service industry for so long, I will always have a place in my heart for them)
3) extra packets of strings in case I get crazy and break one ha.
NN: Where can we see you at CMA Fest? What are you most looking forward to?
Jamie: I will be playing the CMA Close Up Stage at Fan Fair X inside the Music City Center on Saturday June 11th from 2:15-2:45PM! I am also doing a booth signing at the Dollar General/U By Kotex Booth again at Fan Fair X inside the Music City Center on June 12th from 11am-Noon. I am most looking forward to the whole weekend because this is my debut, first ever Fan Fair!! I grew up watching the coverage on TNN of it yeeeears ago, so to finally be a part of it as one of the artists, is incredible. It is going to be surreal.
NN: Anything else you want our readers to know?
Jamie: I would love for you to take a listen to the EP and please buy a copy if it moves you! I'm an independent artist 100%, which means I don't have any big investors or the power of a record label or their money behind me--I do this because I love it and I pay for everything and completely support myself..so YOU are basically my record label! If you purchase the EP, you are directly affecting my life and are giving me the chance to do what I love--and that means the world to me. Please reach out to me on social media also, I answer everyone personally and would love to know you and what you think of the music!