Jamie McDell (born 3 November 1992) is a guitarist and singer-songwriter from Auckland, New Zealand. She was discovered at the age of 16 by EMI Music New Zealand after sending them a demo tape of her acoustic music. Prior to being signed by a major record label, McDell used various social media outlets to gain exposure, posting YouTube videos – including original songs and cover songs, Twitter and Facebook to get her music out to the masses.
She released her debut single, "You'll Never Take That Away", on 20 February 2012, which was certified Gold in New Zealand. Following the success of her debut single, McDell released her EP, All That I Wanted - Acoustic EP, on 4 May 2012. Her second single, "Rewind" was released on 13 June 2012. McDell's debut studio album, Six Strings and a Sailboat, was released 16 November 2012.
Ask Me Anything, McDell's second studio album, was released 27 March 2015.
Jamie McDell was born in Auckland and brought up in a musical family, with a passion for singing and music. She attended Diocesan School for Girls (Auckland) before leaving to attend King's College, Auckland for her final two years. She also loves to surf and skate, and was introduced to sailing and diving through family and friends. She began writing songs as a child with biographical lyrics relating to life events. It has been quoted that McDell "just might be New Zealand's answer to Taylor Swift."
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McDell's single, "You'll Never Take That Away", was released to the New Zealand market on 20 February 2012. It was successful on the Official New Zealand Top 40, entering and debuting on the chart at No. 27 on 2 April 2012. The single climbed to No. 11 and spent a total of ten weeks on the chart. The single topped the Top 20 New Zealand Singles chart (which features singles by New Zealand artists) on 30 April 2012, holding the top position for four consecutive weeks. The single was certified Gold on 28 May 2012.
Following the success of her debut single, McDell released a 5-track EP, All That I Wanted - Acoustic EP, featuring acoustic renditions of "You'll Never Take That Away", "Rewind" and three other original songs. It was released via EMI Music New Zealand on 4 May 2012.
Her second single, "Rewind", was released 13 July 2012. It peaked at number 30 on the New Zealand singles chart. Her third single, "Life in Sunshine", was released 12 October 2012. It peaked at number 27 on the New Zealand singles chart.
McDell entered the studio to begin recording her debut studio album in August 2012. The cover art, release date and title for the album, Six Strings and a Sailboat, were revealed on her official Facebook page. The album was released 16 November 2012. It peaked at No. 8 on the New Zealand albums chart. An instrumental version of the album was released on 11 January 2013 on the iTunes Store.
Her fourth single, "Angel", was released 1 February 2013.
She wrote a song called "Ode to the Lines" for Global Citizen. It was released on 26 July 2013 on the iTunes Store with all proceeds going towards helping those living in extreme poverty. She performed "Ode to the Lines" with Anika Moa at the Global Citizen Concert, held at the Auckland Town Hall on 4 August 2013.