Jamie Shew

"Jamie Shew projects a warm, sensual sound combined with impeccable timing. Her material is choice, and her arrangements are original."
- Tom Knific, Director of Jazz Studies at Western Michigan Univ

Jamie grew up in the Tri-Cities, a group of towns located in south central Washington State where she began playing piano at the age of four. The desire to sing was very strong for Jamie throughout her childhood; however, she was always needed as an accompanist. It was during her senior year in high school that her jazz choir director gave her the opportunity to sing a Karen Carpenter solo. This was a pivotal moment - she was hooked.

Jamie earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Washington State University and a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance/Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University. As a graduate assistant at WMU, she had the opportunity to study privately with one of her favorite jazz vocalists, Sunny Wilkinson, and perform in Gold Company, the internationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble.

As a jazz vocalist, Jamie continues to enjoy a dynamic musical career among many internationally recognized jazz musicians such as Nancy King, Sunny Wilkinson, New York Voices, Steve Christofferson, Royce Campbell, Bruce Babad, Tom Knific, Steve Zegree, Kendall Kay, Matt Mayhall, Doug Bickel, Evan Stone, Michele Weir, Josh Nelson, and Matt Politano.

In 2002, Jamie released her debut album, The Answers Are You, featuring her husband and bassist, Roger Shew, guitarist Royce Campbell, drummer Chris Earley, and Rick Holland on the flugelhorn. The album highlights arrangements by Jamie, along with her original composition "My Only Obsession is You."

Currently, Jamie is Director of Vocal Jazz Studies at Fullerton College in Fullerton, CA and performs regularly in the greater Los Angeles area. Before coming to LA, she was an Assistant Professor of Jazz Voice at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA

In Jamie’s own words: “This album is about the reflections, joys, and struggles of finding one’s place. All of the songs express this universal concept in their own way. Some are very personal and some are those that I’ve favored along my musical path.

“A Place For Me” was written as a tired response of having three simultaneous careers – mother, teacher, and musician. “This Game” refers to the internal battle of defining success. “Corcovado” is a beautiful song that reminds me to be grateful for simplicity. “You Are My Sunshine” is for Simon, who joins me in singing this song every night.”