Collage march 2017
Jamie first recorded in 1990 and her backing band has included many of the top-drawer blues and jazz musicians of her time.  Jamie’s sound has evolved over the years to include Chicago, Kansas City and West Coast blues, swing, jump and boogie-woogie. Her southern heritage and stage charisma make her a natural at blues and all its dialects. Her influences include Ella Mae Morse, Ernestine Anderson, Anita O'Day, Big Mama Thorton, Dinah Washington, Helen Humes, Julia Lee, Jimmy Rushing and Louis Jordan, to name a few.
 
Today Jamie and her husband, pianist Martin "Daddy-O" Gagnon, have created a brand new version of these vintage sounds.  Their style is firmly rooted in blues, with a rhythm section reminiscent of the small swing combos of the 30's and 40's. One might say it's a marriage of blues, 40's jazz and post-war swing - with an edge.
 


 

In 1996, Jamie was invited to BB Kings in Universal City, California as one of the three women representing female vocalists in the blues genre at the Willie Dixon Foundation event, organized by the Southern California Blues Society, and was noted for her outstanding performance at this event.
 
She is featured on a Pacific Blues Recording Co. compilation entitled "That Left Coast Is Swingin" released in 1999. Other artists on this compilation include Kid Ramos, Lynwood Slim, Rick Holmstrom and San Pedro Slim.
 
In 2001 she played the 13th annual Battle of the Blues Harps, Southern California's premiere blues harp show, where she had the distinction of being the first female to front a band in that venue. Concurrently, "Flyin' High" was released on Bluestime Records in Brazil, where it was kicked off by a very successful 3 week promotional tour which covered several Brazilian states, including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Fortaleza. During this tour Jamie, along with Johnny Rover, were the headliners at the First International Blues Harmonica Festival in Sao Paulo where they were received with great enthusiasm.  This would be the first of many Brazilian tours.
 
"Ain't No Doubt About It" was released in the U.S. in April 2003 on the Pacific Blues record label, and has received critical acclaim around the world. It is also available in Europe through Crosscut Records, Red Lick, El Toro and Bertus. During 2003 Jamie played the Doheny Blues Festival (with Buddy Guy, John Hammond, Jonny Lang, Jimmie Vaughan, Dr. John), Bakersfield Smooth Jazz & Cool Blues Festival (with James Harman, the Jazz Crusaders and Wayman Tisdale), the North Hollywood Blues Splash (with Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Rod Piazza, Paul Oscher), the CHOC Ride & Blues Festival (with Eric Burdon & the Animals, Eric Sardinas, Kid Ramos) and the 15th Annual Battle of the Blues Harps (with Rod Piazza, Gary Primich, Johnny Dyer, James Harman), along with regular club dates.
 
“Hollywood Confidential” was released in March 2005. This release features Jamie’s usual dynamite line-up and she stays true to her authentic retro sound, but kicks it up a notch with sax, trumpet and clarinet added on selected tracks (Ron Dziubla, Bill Churchville, Anita Thomas).  Jazz drummer, Hal Smith is also featured on this release.

In 2005 Jamie played in France's Bay Car Blues Festival with band members, Nathan James, Carl Sonny Leyland, Johnny Rover, Tyler Pederson, and Johnny Morgan.  There she met the man who would become her husband and musical collaborator, Martin "Daddy-O" Gagnon.

In 2006 she was nominated for the Lys Blues Award in Quebec, Canada. 

In 2008 she was inducted into the Los Angeles Blues Hall of Fame.

In 2009 Jamie and Martin had the honor of playing at the Marco Fiume Blues Passion Festival in Italy, an annual festival dedicated to the memory guitar virtuoso Marco Fiume, hosted by Maria Giulia Sorrentino .