Jamie Drake is a versatile songwriter and artist with several studio albums and notable music projects who remains true to her indie-folk roots as the basis for her writing and performing. Based in Los Angeles, she currently enjoys co-producing her sophomore album, "Make A Spark," and singing in her Americana trio, The Lemon Trees, on the side. She has toured nationally and internationally and has been asked to appear on several notable albums (Moby, Shane Alexander, Brian Wright). She appeared in the critically acclaimed off Broadway musical, "Lonesome Traveler," as folk heroes Judy Collins and Joan Baez, and has collaborated with Tim Robbins, Moby, and Peter Yarrow to name a few. See full bio here.
The Lemon Trees are a country roots trio based in Los Angeles who became a band by accident in the late spring of 2015. When long time admirers and songwriting friends (Leslie Stevens, Kathleen Grace and Jamie Drake) began arranging a song for a friend's wedding, they decided to put a show together, and have been playing since.
The Lemon Trees Featured on Jam In The Van
Jamie Drake "Falling Down" video by Sarah Pigion
A few weeks ago, my first EDM single, "Falling Down" was released on Armada Music. All of this is ironic since I have *always* been a folk artist. However, the genre *is* quite enjoyable to write and sing; two things I enjoy doing so, hey, I'm down. They asked me to do an acoustic version of the song and make a video for it to use to promote the track and so I set out to do that. Below is my first official music video. This is really funny for me as well - being that I used to help produce music videos and was a stylist in that world for years - but, I digress. This production was made possible by the talents of Sarah Pigion (http://www.sarahpigion.com) and AJ Minette's capturing of the recording.
Jamie's Release on Armada Music!
I began writing in the EDM genre about a year ago, and came up with this top line I really liked. One crazy thing led to another, and here I am with my first label release on a huge EDM label in The Netherlands. I never would have imagined that my folk-singing and songwriting would lead to this; life is good! Here are the buy links for "Falling Down":
Download on iTunes: http://bit.ly/FallingDown_iT
Listen on Spotify: http://bit.ly/FallingDown_SP
Grab your copy on Beatport: http://bit.ly/FallingDown_BP
Jamie Drake Sophomore Album, "Make A Spark," in Production
Since I've been in New York, I've been inspired in an unimaginable amount of ways. If I tried to list them all, I would be here typing for far too long but I'll try to encapsulate my heart's thoughts. My life has been changed in such a way that I am compelled to make my next album one that will reflect back to myself and to others the beauty of being honest, raw and authentic.
(Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn)
I've written a little nest full of new material while I've been here, the main song entitled, "Make A Spark," which will be the center piece for this next venture. I've been so inspired to not only be authentic as an artist with my work, but to let that carry on into my life as well. Being on stage - acting or singing - has always felt more comfortable to me than actually *just being* in my daily life... I want to create a work that is a reflection of who I am, the struggle with being human, and the hope to continue to become who I am on a daily basis. My desire is that my music will be a catalyst for healing, peace with one's self and change.
Jamie returns to the theater in off-Broadway show, "Lonesome Traveler!"
(Sylvie Davidson, Justin Flagg, Jamie Drake)
I just finished a musical theater production in NYC at the beautiful new theater, 59e59 Theaters. I played Sis Cunningham from The Almanacs, Judy Collins and Joan Baez. My history with musical theater and being a singer-songwriter made for a perfect blend for this opportunity, which I am grateful for. Besides living out a childhood dream and making a new family of lovely friends, I got the chance to meet Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul and Mary. He visited the show and fell in love with the story. He later came back to see the show again and sang with us. Beyond being apart of a moving experience, his authenticity shined through and pierced us all. He encouraged us to be authentic in everything we do - in our lives and in our art. I'm excited to continue to be a part of the cast for Lonesome Traveler and to take the wonderful things I learned from this experience with me into my own work.
Burning Branches, "Riding On" Hand-picked for Bonner Paddock's "One More Step" Book Trailer!
One of my projects, "Burning Branches" (see songwriting page for more details and music) had the honor of having our song, "Riding On," placed in this meaningful book trailer for Bonner Paddock's brand new book, "One More Step." The book is about his struggle and triumph with being the first man with cerebral palsy to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. You can find a copy of the book HERE.
I've had the pleasure of being a part of a songwriting group with some talented women for the past 7 years or so. Leslie Stevens and Kathleen Grace are a part of that group. By accident, we formed a trio called "The Lemon Trees," which will be performing one-offs beginning in July and will continue to see what the universe opens up in the meantime. Click on the video for our a cappella rendition of Tom Wait's "The Briar and the Rose."
I was fortunate to be a part of the indie film co-written and directed by Rajeev Nirmalakhandan, starring Rumor Willis and Chris Marquette. Daniel Chan composed the music for this film, and brought me on to interpret a song that he wrote for it. The scene is below:
Jamie plays Folkadelphia with Cast of LT
(Sylvie Davidson, Jamie Drake)
We were invited to record some songs from the show for Folkadelphia. Click the photo above for the link to where you can listen to my "10,000 Miles," Nick's "Deportee," Sylvie and Matty's "Someday Soon," and "Trevor, Nick and Matty's "Do, Re, Mi."
Over the past couple of years, I've been working and developing a new project with AJ Minette called "Nobel." The music is a blend of my folk writing and vocals mixed with AJ's classical approach to music and writing. It's a beautiful project I'm proud to share with you and I hope you will pick up a copy for yourself. Thanks for your support!
Guitar virtuoso, AJ Minette (The Human Abstract), changes directions with his new band, Nobel. In 2012 he met LA singer songwriter, Jamie Drake, who had just finished touring with Tim Robbins, and was also ready for something new. The duo decided to not sign to a label and instead record and produce their debut record on their own. The album was recorded in two locations; one being the band's home studio - the other being the acclaimed Murphy Recital Hall at Loyola Marymount University, the institution at which Minette holds a position as a professor of classical music.Fiona Apple and Ringo Starr collaborator, Dave Way, heard the songs and asked if he could help - ultimately resulting in him mixing all the tracks. Jake Jamieson, live drummer and for Rhye, Lissie, & Moses Sumney, played drums and percussion, while competition-winning, classical string players Yoshika Masuda and Luanne Homzy performed the principal string parts.
Nic Hartcourt has recently begun spinning the record on the radio as the band is developing a live performance that integrates visuals and lighting. Drake's VMA winning background - which had her working closely with award-winning Director, Shane Drake - will lend a hand in curating the process. They will be supporting Rachel Yamagata and The Honey Trees at the end of the month.