Jamie Scott’s CV reads like a who’s who of the upper echelons of the music industry.
It is this love of writing great music that has meant Jamie Scott is one of the most successful songwriters of his generation. It’s also what made him stand back and take stock of what was really important to him. “When you write so many songs, there are always certain ones that you feel attached to. You never know how long a song will sit around for…”
This was certainly true in the case of his biggest hit to date, Cold Water, which was picked up for Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber 3 years after it was written.
At the end of 2019, having spent over ten years in the studio writing for other people, Jamie decided to take some time to focus on his own career as an artist. Revisiting some of the songs he had fallen in love with, he cleared his schedule and started the process of recording in the way that he had envisioned the songs taking form. Locked away in his home studio, he recorded most of the instrumentation himself and, without really intending to, finished an entire album’s worth of music in just 5 weeks.
The result is possibly the most significant and personal body of work that Jamie has released to date. A combination of brilliant writing and expert musicianship blended together with his striking vocal, Jamie Scott has truly found his identity.
Jamie follows the release of debut single Friendly Fire, with Emily. Beautifully understated and showcasing his striking vocal, Emily is a nod to the great writers of the ’60s and ’70s with its colloquial style of story-telling. Almost a tragic love story, but with a hint of hope.
“Emily was written with the band, Hudson Taylor. I really enjoyed working with them because they’re influenced by the kind of music I grew up on – Paul Simon, Carole King, & Joni Mitchell. So when we wrote it and it ended up just sitting on my hard drive I decided that it’s one I wanted to release myself. It’s a song about love lost and memories but maybe with a little bit of hope that if it’s meant to be….”
Emily is the second in a series of singles leading up to the release of his album How Still The River in July. Having already clocked up 65 million streams on his own artist projects, this record has been a long time coming for Jamie Scott fans.