Jamie Ambrose

Jamie Ambrose

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Unique - Unclassified | West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Total Song Plays: 562   
Member Since: 2006
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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Jamie Ambrose

Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Jamie Ambrose has written music ever since she could reach a piano. She began lessons at age three; no one realized she couldn't actually read music until seven years later - because she plays by ear. So she started over, got frustrated, quit the lessons, and started them again at university. She always kept playing, however: 'If I don't, part of me dies inside.'

After playing at private functions in the US, she became the Friday night spot in a wine bar in Aberystwyth, Wales, where she washed up to do post-graduate Celtic Studies after a year in Germany on a Fulbright scholarship. At the same time, she sent out songwriting demos to the likes of EMI, A&M, etc. - had responses of the 'It's not what we need now but focus on writing for our artists and get back to us' variety; unfortunately, she had to make a living, and journalism and editing took off instead. After many years in a 'very bad head space', she gathered all the courage she had and asked Never the Bride's amazingly talented Nikki Lamborn for voice lessons, purely with a songwriting view in mind: 'Now, thanks to her training and encouragement, I have this "new" (and much improved) voice... Suddenly I'm writing again and feel a whole person. Thank you, Nikki!'

Awards include fourth place (lyric division) in Nashville's Music City Song Festival. In the last two years, she has been a finalist (twice) and double semifinalist in the UK Songwriting Contest, a top finalist in the Great American Song Contest, and gained an honorable mention in the Unisong International Songwriting Contest.

'Don't Tell Me' is the first studio demo Jamie has done in over 20 years. She performed it and another number at The Bedford, London, in August 2006, as part of the monthly Songbirds female singer-songwriters' night.

'The ultimate goal for me isn't performance; it's to get the songs published and covered by other artists. Having said that, performing at The Bedford was a great experience, a huge step for me on many levels, and another one towards getting the music out there.'

Other songs will be uploaded here just as soon as the day job allows...