Jamie Reeves

The Blue Eyed Soul Man

Check Out The Lunchtime Acapella

Every day around lunchtime (UK time), on my social media channels of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I do a "Lunchtime Acapella".

This is a cover song of one of my fav tunes, just a short verse and chorus, for you to sneak a peak to.

If you have a song, that is either quite soulful or has some reggae, reggae sauce to it, then let me know by leaving a comment on the lunchtime acapella video.

Click one of the channels below to see:

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Love You In Colour Now Available To Pre Order

The brand new single, Love You In Colour, comes out in all digital music stores on April 7th 2017.

The new single, which was co written with Charlene Michael and Anne Marie Shevlin, tells the story about becoming a Dad for the first time.  it's keep to my retro soul roots by having shades of Al Green and Bobby Womack to it.

Pre order from one of the links below:-

iTunes

Amazon

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Love You In Colour Is Track Of The Day

The brand new single, "Love You In Colour" is track of the day on the music site.com.

Click here to see the review of the song, where they call me "an artist to be celebrated".

Love You in Colour is now available for pre order on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play and is available worldwide from April 7th.

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Could You Help With The New Single?

We have written the new single, with an album in progress for next year.  It's a great tune called "Love You In Colour" and I need your help to get it out there.

I'm crowdfunding this release and there are loads of great rewards up for grabs.  First copy of the single on download or CD, live acoustic gigs, lunch with me and even the chance to appear in the video.

Just visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/love-you-in-colour-recording-the-next-single to make your pledge.

With your help, hopefully we can get this out there for early February time.

Thanks, Jamie x

Funky 13 - 2nd December 2016

Not much new stuff on the list this week because I've been a bit snowed under, so it's more of a sneaky peak under the murky musical bonnet of moi!!

Here's the track listing and some of the stories behind the choices:-

Edwin Starr - 25 Miles

Edwin is one of the greatest vocalists ever in my eyes and this song is just a foot stomping choon. Aggressive, passionate vocal, driving drums, wicked bass line and a horn line that sings all on its own.

Rag N Bone Man - Human

Found out about this guy a couple of weeks ago and then this week he gets nominated for the sound of 2017 BBC award and critic's choice for the Brits.  All while spending a 9th week at number 1 in Germany.  Not happy he has stolen the Joe Cocker reference though, should of trademarked that!!

The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York

It's now December, Christmas songs are officially allowed.  If you played this song in November, go sit yourself on the naughty step and make yourself drink eggnog (I'd rather a bushtucker trial)

Faces - Stay With Me

If ever I'm travelling back from a gig and I feel tired I stick this tune on, a 4 and half minute triple espresso shot.  Who is Rita though?

Lack of Afro featuring Wayne Gidden - A Time For

I've had the pleasure of doing a couple of songwriting camps with Wayne this year (not a co-write with him yet though, that needs to happen) and what a voice this man has.  This is an old track from a few years back and we need some new material from this superstar.

Joss Stone - Super Duper Love

Another of my driving tunes, I adore Joss' voice and her groove and this is one of her best.

1Eye - Mr Bailiff

A good friend of mine, Nigel King, introduced me to 1Eye after seeing them at a festival this year.  I checked them out on Spotify and found this.  Every musician has been through this point at some time or other!!

Jamie Reeves - If You Believe

The song that started it all off.  Hard for me to think that I wrote this over 14 years ago as a message to myself. It took over 10 years to record and now inspires lots of people on a daily basis.  Let the words feed into your core being.

Bob Marley - Punky Reggae Party

Another driving companion, and in the season of good tidings and parties, make it a punky reggae one.

The Jam - Down At The Tube Station At Midnight

I love the bass lines and the musical energy of The Jam.  I also love the storty telling that goes into this song.  I can visualise Paul Weller get 7 shades kicked out of him, not sure if that was the intention but thats what it does for me!!

The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone

The greatest intro on a record ever.  That bass line, the strings, the wah wah guitar, PERFECT.  Just listen to the first 2 minutes, the rewind.  The vocals on the rest of the song are pretty amazing too.

Charles Bradley - Victim Of Love

I love this song.  This is what hooked me into Charles Bradley.  The angst, the pain in his voice, the emotion.  That's what real singing is about, the cracks, the screams, the rawness of it all.

Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself

Just a piece of musical heaven, the tops are just awesome, there vocals, there moves, there sound.  The world's greatest ever boyband bar none.

 

Click here to listen on Spotify

Funky 13 - 25th November 2016

I'm starting a weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of my favourite tunes of the moment.  it wil be a mix of old and new, some friends and a cheeky little track from me too.

Here's the track listing and the stories behind the choices:-

Will Simms - Chariot

I saw Will speak at a songwriting conference a couple of weekends ago and his energy was immense.  You could feel his passion from 6 rows back.  Chariot is just a buzzing dance song that will make you smile.

2Play - She's Got That Vibe

This was one of my fav tunes from back in the day and I'm a sucker for a cheeky little remix.  This is another one which will get your energy levels rising.

Nevada - The Mack

Another 90s remix with the man, Mark Morrison.  Energetic nostalgia that just puts a smile on my face.

Charles Bradley - Changes

This guy is such an inspiration.  Didn't get his first record deal until he was in his 60s.  Has a voice that is just dripping in funk.  It took me nearly the whole song before I realised it was a cover of the Ozzy Osbourne track.  Just beautiful.

Frankie Valli - The Night

A Northern Soul classic.  Being an adopted Wiganer, some Northern Soul had to get in.  I love the bass line to this, I'm as happy singing along to that as I am to the words.

Stevie Wonder - Loves In Need

With everything going on around the world today, the message of this song is even more potent.  Remember that you solve more with honey than you do with vinegar.

Queen feat David Bowie - Under Pressure

With it being the 25th anniversary of Freddie Mercury's death, I had to put a Queen tune in as they were one of my favourite bands growing up.  The bass line on this song and the mix of vocal from Freddie and David make this a proper tune.  Not bad for an afternoon jam in Switzerland.

Jamie Reeves - Let's Get Married

My playlist so it should have one of my songs!! The song about my wedding to my wife, seems apt to put this in seeing that child number 3 is due in the next few weeks.

Bruno Mars - Chunky

Loving Bruno's new album, this is one of my favourite tunes from it.  If you're enjoying it too check out some 80s rare groove albums and expand your musical horizons.

Danny Boyle - Need Your Love

I met Danny earlier this year at a songwriting bootcamp and he is an amazing young talent.  Over the next few years you will be hearing a lot more from him.  This is his new single and I'm giving you a chance to be ahead of the curve ;)

Toots & The Maytals - 54-46 Was My Number

This is just a proper tune, the beginning when he rings out those vocals. Magic. Nod your head like the churchill dog.

Cookin On 3 Burners - This Girl

The original version before Kungs got his hands on it.  The brass section is just delicious and Kylie's voice just melts on top of it.  Think of this song like a luxury hot chocolate with lots of melted cream and marshmallows.

 

Check out the songs here https://open.spotify.com/user/fredshrew/playlist/4XPrsv2Bxb8OXzMxJubn0y

 

You Hold Your Own Trump Card

As we wake up this morning my social media feeds are full of political experts, like hungover 40 somethings, full of remorse of the actions of the night before.

Yet in my 41 years on the planet I can't think of one direct thing a political leader has done that has had an immediate effect on my life, not one.

Sure the policies they put in place create circumstances I have to navigate like taxes, working conditions, freedom of movement and all silly stuff like that. But how I feel in the morning, thats down to me.

I am responsible for me, you are responsible for you. Not some nylon haired, spitting image puppet who has just closed the biggest business deal in his life.

Trump doesn't get a say in your life, the Prime Minister doesn't get a say in your life, your boss doesn't get a say in your life. It's all down to you. Like everything in life, you have to Believe (I think there is a song about that somewhere?!?)

So whatever your doing today, don't read the news, don't comment on “news” on social media, just smile and feel awesome.

PS The world survived 8 years with George Dubya, despite a Pretzels best efforts, it's all going to be OK.

Jamie Reeves Live on Phoenix FM

Last week I had the pleasure of being on Michelle Ward's morning show on the Brentwood based Phoenix FM.

Me and Primark Dayve (listen to the interview) as he is now known as, chatted and played 3 songs, all in an acoustic Live Lounge style.  We sang Let's Get Married and We You Still Love Me Tomorrow from the album Believe, and did a cover of DNCE's Toothbrush.

To listen to the whole interview, just click on this link.

Enjoy