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Jamie McDell was born in New Zealand and as a child lived on a yacht in the Mediterranean. She signed her first record contract at sixteen. She started recording in Nashville in 2017, and relocated to Toronto from New Zealand to be closer to Nashville in 2019. Now twenty-eight, she's been kicking around as a professional musician for over a decade. Once you hear her latest single, you'll understand why she left New Zealand to be closer to Nashvile. "Poor Boy" is a laid back Americana song. It's a little more folky than country, but there is just enough of a slight twang in McDell's vocals to be a little bit country. "Poor Boy" has that more mainstream folk/pop sound, but when it's done this well mainstream isn't necessarily a bad thing. McDell has the voice and talent to go huge, and you're going to want to start paying attention to her sooner than later.
You can listen to "Poor Boy" below. Jamie McDell's upcoming self-titled album is due out February 22 via ABC Music and can be pre-ordered/pre-saved here. For more on Jamie McDell, check out the artist's website.