Now at age 25, New Zealand singer/songwriter Jamie McDell has achieved a prolific amount for someone so young. Being signed to EMI at age 16 sparked the beginning of a successful musical journey, making Jamie McDell a household name Across New Zealand. With the release of her debut album Six Strings and a Sailboat, she went on to achieve Gold album sales in NZ, receive three NZ Music Award nominations, winning Best Pop Album of 2013. Her sophomore record Ask Me Anything gained global attention, seeing album track “Moon Shines Red” featured on American TV series Pretty Little Liars. A lot was going on for the young songwriter throughout her formative years.

2018 marks McDell’s return with an independently-released record that celebrates her musical roots and the sounds of her upbringing. Her latest offering “Tori” was recorded in Nashville studio, House of Blues with producer Nash Chambers, and features the vocals an Australian household name Kasey Chambers.

The song is a heart-hitting narrative that will ring true for those who have had and lost a first love. It speaks to the mark they leave on your life and the way, even in their absence; they can interfere with your relationships. True to the storytelling musical influences Jamie grew up listening to, “Tori” tells a true story and isn’t afraid of naming names as McDell explains – “I wrote this song on a spring afternoon sitting at a wooden desk in Inglewood in around ten minutes. I was reflecting on an old love of my partners and the lyrics and melody started to flow, I admit I was nervous to release something so factual but I’ve never been one to go back and edit my music once I’ve completed a song so it is what it is!”.