Raised in surf-centric Mangawhai, Jamie McDell spent several years of her youth living on a sailboat travelling around the Mediterranean with her family. The pull of the ocean is deep and profound, colouring her lyrics, life and outlook.
Bursting onto the music scene in 2012, her straightforward, sunny sound was an instant hit. Jamie has been writing songs since the age of seven and was signed to a development deal while still at high school. Her debut album Six Strings And a Sailboat was released in November 2012 and shot into the top ten of the NZ album charts, earning Jamie the Tui for Best Pop Album at the 2013 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Jamie is set to see her star shine even brighter with the release of her keenly awaited second album Ask Me Anything. She has broadened her musical horizons, adding new layers of depth and colour to her palette. Produced by Stuart Crichton who has worked with Kylie Minogue, Delta Goodrem and Brian McFadden, in Jamie’s own words the album is “an eclectic mix of songs representing my country upbringing with a pop sensibility”. With a proven international hit maker at the helm, Jamie’s songs and stories have truly blossomed – the talent and passion that has fuelled her incredible journey to this point has become a sophisticated instrument all of its own.
Jamie is also an official ambassador for Surf Life Saving New Zealand and works with many different charities.