You were blessed to feel everybody's pain. Love them all but don't lose yourself that way.
- From Jamie's Song Younger Me
In college, Jamie became an anti-violence advocate because more than half of the women in her life had experienced sexual assault or domestic violence. She graduated summa cum laude from St. Cloud State University with a B.A. in Psychology and French in 2003 and continued her advocacy work in graduate school. During the countless hours she waited in hospital emergency rooms, she became concerned about the state of the healthcare system. In order to gain more power to make change, she earned a law degree and a master's in Women’s Studies with a focus on healthcare from the University of Arizona. Jamie went on to pass the Kentucky Bar and serve as the Supervisor of the Legal Justice Team at the Center for Women and Families in Louisville, KY, where she led a team of anti-violence advocates in law enforcement and court settings. She has served on the board of Planned Parenthood of Kentucky, was a member of the American Health Lawyer's Association, assisted with healthcare cases at the American Civil Liberties Union, and both studied and served on hospital ethics committees.
When I can't get out of bed to take care of myself, I'll still try to give you my heart.
- From Jamie's Song I Didn't Know
In 2011, Jamie returned to her hometown and worked as a Child Protection Specialist for the State of Montana. She also joined her first band. In her social work role, Jamie found herself in healthcare settings again. She watched her colleagues prioritize helping others to the detriment of their own well-being. Chronic health problems, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and fatigue were the norm. When Jamie recognized her own burnout, she turned to music to bring herself back to a state of health and she has been writing music ever since.
Life's only hard when I hold on tight.
No more fear tonight.
- From Jamie's Song Rollin' With Love
Jamie has been a teacher, trainer, and performer for as long as she can remember. Her indie-folk songwriting style is influenced by powerful female singers, including Janis Joplin, Brandi Carlile, and Stevie Nicks, and the storytelling tradition of classic country. She uses these influences and her interview-based songwriting process to tell the stories of healthcare professionals. She brings those stories and songs to the stage as a way to give voice to, to show gratitude for, and to raise awareness of the hard work of these professionals. When Jamie is not on stage or writing songs, she is running The Great Blue Song Project and spending time with Andy, her friends, and her dogs in the mountains of Montana.