Jamie Leonhart brings her dynamic performance back to Feinstein’s/54 Below!
On January 11th, 2019 Jamie Leonhart follows up her sold-out debut 54Below performance of ESTUARY: an artist | mother story with a show of new original material supported by music director Michael Leonhart’s lush arrangements and a magical band.
Jamie will be performing material from her highly-anticipated upcoming release as well as some pieces from Estuary: an artist | mother story.
Drawing comparisons to the likes of Norah Jones, Feist, Madeleine Peyroux, and even Sarah Vaughan, the sharp-witted chanteuse Jamie Leonhart is an artist who refuses to be categorized, dynamic in emotional range and diverse in genre-crossing ability.
Leonhart explores a new hybrid of popular music: part jazz, part soul, part quirky cabaret with a soupçon of torch song to round it out. Live, her audience becomes a collective co-conspirator as she intones her confessions, dissatisfactions and desires, supported by arrangements that move from somber to playfully bombastic in a moment. Jamie’s approachable demeanor hides powerhouse vocals and some of the most innovative compositions of the day. She has the ability to deliver intricate melodies with warmth and simplicity.
As a songwriter, Jamie writes about love, vulnerability, patience, frustration, shifting perspectives, and trust. “I try to write about the truth — the truth about being uncomfortable, fitting in or not fitting in, and addressing and sometimes accepting flaws and faults,” Leonhart says. “A lot of my music explores that: the human condition in its most basic form. The more specific I am with my lyrics, the more I hear from people that a song really ‘spoke to them’ — that I captured the sentiment that they were struggling to put to words, or felt alone in. Something incredibly personal becomes universal.”
Jamie is employed as both a commercial voiceover artist and vocalist (Lifetime, Trulia, Kohl’s, Betty Crocker, Neutrogena brand, Tresemme, Johnson & Johnson) and also works extensively as a background and session singer (Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, St.Vincent, Judy Kuhn). Jamie’s debut record, the truth about suffering was released on Sunnyside Records. Jamie is a 2015 commissioned NEW YORK VOICES artist of The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub, and created ESTUARY: an artist | mother story through this commission. To learn more about ESTUARY visit ESTUARYTHESHOW.COM. To learn more about Jamie visit JAMIELEONHART.COM