Country pop musician Jamie McDell performs in the studio

Rural Exchange 21/04/2018

At just 25, country pop queen Jamie McDell has already made it in New Zealand’s music scene.

The Auckland-based singer and guitarist was first discovered at age 16 by EMI Music New Zealand, after she boldly sent them a demo tape of her original tunes.

McDell’s 2012 single “You’ll Never Take That Away” made it to the New Zealand Top 40, and later climbed to No. 11 on the chart.

Her album “Six Strings and a Sailboat" earned her the Best Pop Album award from the New Zealand Music Awards.

The young musician plans to hit the road in May and June to launch her tour around New Zealand and Australia, with her new album “Extraordinary Girl” to be released on 4 May.

Ms McDell told Rural Exchange that her new record is “a little more country, a little more Americana” because she recorded it using all live instruments.

“The song writing is simple, it’s to the point,” she said, remarking that she wanted to keep the lyrics natural.

Ms McDell performed her latest single “Tori” live on Rural Exchange. 

Watch the full interview with Jamie McDell above.

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