Jamie is a junior at Ursinus College (class of 2022) with a double major in Music and Media/Communications. He is a singer, rapper, multi-instrumentalist from the Philadelphia area who recently started publishing his own work on streaming services - you can find him online as Jamie the Optimist. During COVID quarantine, Jamie finished his debut album, a rap album entitled “A Good Place To Start” which was met with rave reviews. Jamie’s ultimate goal is to be an independent musician and tour the country and possibly world eventually! He does not want to be put in a single genre and wants to make music in various genres since he has many eclectic influences. Some of the artists he is most inspired by at the moment are: Pete Seeger, Flight of the Conchords, Childish Gambino, Tyler the Creator, Mac Miller, Sufjan Stevens, Lawrence, Vulfpeck, Marc Rebillet, The Talking Heads and Steely Dan. As a performer, Jamie is also the drummer and singer for a band consisting of a few of his friends, Moustapha Balde (bass) and Liam Worcheck (guitar). Together they form “Feel It Out” or FIO for short. They are working on recording music of their own to then put on streaming services.
At the moment Jamie is working on two different projects with many on the backburner. He is putting together an original folk album which is scheduled to release sometime in the Spring semester which will be called “Sundials and Sunsets”. He is also working on a concept album about his childhood based on Mac Miller’s “Blue Slide Park” album.