Jaime Michaels Biography

 “… truly inspiring … a vital, alive, creative artist who is as sharp, in touch, poignant and timely as anyone.    He’s simply an artist committed to growing who is on the  journey with a mission to seek, learn and connect with art ... Erik Balkey – Hudson Harding Music

A venue operator in California refers to Jaime Michaels as a “songwriters’ songwriter.”  He came late to the craft having enjoyed a long career as a covers artist both as a soloist and, for a while, full tilt rock and roll band lead singer with The Truly Dangerous Swamp Band.  Not being much of a radio fan, he chose his covers carefully…sometimes something recognizable like Dylan or the Beatles, sometimes just damned fine songs he happened to run across from lesser known writers like Canadian Murray MacLauchlan.  He sang the hell out of all of them.

Something happened a few years back when he moved west, far from his east coast roots, to a new home in Santa Fe, NM.  Maybe it was just the change of scenery, something in the big western night sky…but the songs started coming.  Finely crafted.  Tuneful.  Both spirited and spiritual…songs of kindness and true emotion.  Ten albums, so far, with Jono Manson in the producer’s chair for the past eight.  Their 2013 effort, “unknown blessings,” is a fund raiser with 100% of the sales going to the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation’s teen music camp.  That album along with 2011’s “the man with the time machine” and his most recent, 2016’s “once upon a different time, have all won the New Mexico Music Awards “album of the year” award.

Jaime continues touring both in the US and in Italy where “once upon a different time” was released on Appaloosa records.  Most recently he toured in Italy in December 2017 with keyboardist Radoslav Lorcovic.  Upcoming dates include a mainstage set at the 2018 Kerrville folk festival, a summer tour in California and a tour in Texas in the fall with fellow singer songwriter Rj Cowdery. He’s also hard at work writing tunes for his next release, tentatively titled “carnival town”.  He will appear next on Appaloosa Records’ tribute album to Townes Van Zandt, “The Wind Blows”, on the first track, a stellar cover of “Snowing On Raton”.

a few kind words:

"He writes songs with special meanings...with a sense of purpose, a sense of belief that music is as critical to life as breathing itself.”
Wanda Adams Fischer WAMC/NY

"Jaime Michaels creates songs that follow the lives of ancestors and neighbors in tales told with the graceful edge of a master storyteller."
Danny McCloskey / the Alternate Root

"Much like the folkier side of Paul Simon, who seems a clear mentor, Michaels’ lyrical skills allow him to be reflective and wry in his crafty word-play...The tunes throughout are always clever, mostly upbeat, but never sappy -- wine sipping rather than beer drinking music.”
Roots Music Report

SOME KIND WORDS

"Much like the folkier side of Paul Simon, who seems a clear mentor, Michaels’ lyrical skills allow him to be reflective and wry in his crafty word-play...The tunes throughout are always clever, mostly upbeat, but never sappy -- wine sipping rather than beer drinking music.”
Roots Music Report

"Jaime Michaels' songs are as elusive as smoke and mirrors...His voice raspy with sadness and longing, Michaels pens contemporary tunes where love shines from within like a falling star..."
Sing Out!

"He writes songs with special meanings...with a sense of purpose, a sense of belief that music is as critical to life as breathing itself.”
Wanda Adams Fischer/WAMC
 
"An evening listening to Jaime Michaels is like spending an evening in Neverland. You get experience forgotten wonder, joy, and romance for romance's sake, without the cares of the world weighing you down. Jaime is a masterful singer/songwriter!"
Michael Downie / Room With A View Concerts


"Jaime is truly an inspiring artist. He has been creating great art for a while now, having amassed a 10-CD catalogue at this point. He's gained recognition nationally and is widely regarded as a songwriter's songwriter. And, it's funny that just this year he earned an "Emerging Artist" showcase at Falcon Ridge. I'd call it a Lifetime Achievement award, instead. But either definition would be misleading. Jaime is a vital, alive, creative, artist who is as sharp, in touch, poignant and timely as anyone. He's simply an artist committed to growing who is on the journey with a mission to seek, learn and connect with art. Thanks for helping to make sure that his music is heard!"
Erik Balkey / Hudson Harding Music


"Unknown Blessings is a heartelt love letter to the artists and songs that have come to define the Kerrville Folk Festival. These 14 finely wrought tunes, two of which Michaels co-wrote , are a reminder that evenin this age of hipster groove-folk and layer cake production, in the end, it's all about the song"
April Reese - indie journalist

"It's astounding the things you can pick up sitting around the campfire at the Kerrville Folk Extraviganza. Jaime Michaels has assembled a collection of some of the finest songwriters on the folk music carousel for Unknown Blessings including this gem ("dirty wine") penned by Michaels and Annie Wenz. This isn't 'train spotter' folk music folks. Dirty Wine is a crafty blend of folk, jazz and shuffling blues with hints of Chet Atkins, Wes Montgomery and Lionel Hampton. Tasty!"
theAlternateRoot.com

"Jaime's "Unknown Blessings" contains many sweet surprises. Whether he's covering another's song or one of his own, Jaime brings energy and joy to the music. Blessings, indeed."
Wanda Adams Fisher" - WAMC/NY

"When booking Four Friends Acoustic Music Series, I look for the songwriter's songwriter. Jaime Michaels fits that description and fulfilled my expectations with zest, soulful, heart-bending lyrics, and clean expertise in the guitar department. His humor suited the audience, and kept everyone engaged and delighted with his fine storytelling ability. He brought a good group of fans out to our beautiful warm venue in Thousand Oaks, California.
I look forward to seeing him perform again.....anywhere, anytime."
Marilyn Babcock / Four Friends Acoustic Music Series
 
“Looks like the muse has found a home.”
Caroline Aiken

"...romance, longing, catchy tunes, lovely melodies, blues . . . and twists in perspectives, all wrapped in finely crafted stanzas. The lyrics stand alone as pure poetry...this thoughtful artist will make you think, ponder, and wonder - right along with him.”
Dirty Linen Magazine

...Jaime Michaels' songs are as elusive as smoke and mirrors...His voice raspy with sadness and longing, Michaels pens contemporary tunes where love shines from within like a falling star...
Sing Out!

"Energetic and fun, Jaime captivated us with his guitar work and stage presence, with lyrics both self-deprecating and from the heart. He made an instant connection with the audience … a real delight!"
Muse-ical House Concerts – Dallas, TX


“Jaime's beautiful songs, strong but mellow vocals and lovely guitar work made for a fine, audience pleasing performance. Most notable is Jaime's ability to connect personally with his listeners. His engaging stage presence and wonderful, varied material kept the audience completely involved and entertained. We hope to have him back again!”
Alexa McDonald – Granite Peak Folk Sessions

"…(Michaels) melts into his music rich instrumentations, influences from all of the last century and creates…music that could very well suit teenagers as well as adults. Although the term has been over used, this is truly 'new folk'...Michaels is expanding the limits of the genre and is surely an artist to follow."
Fame review

". . . each of the albums cuts sparkle like precious gems in the nighttime desert sky. . . a masterful understatement from a singer-songwriter who knows the value of space and subtle shadings."
taylorguitars.com
 
“Equal parts wit and wisdom . . .”
Performing Songwriter Magazine

“. . . Jaime Michaels’ use of language is uncommonly exquisite. His songs and writing have the hand rubbed luster of universally personal feelings. When they touch you, you feel as if you’ve held them before, then you wonder if you really have.”
Two Louie’s Magazine