Jamie Leonhart is known as a sharp-witted chanteuse, who refuses to be categorized; she is dynamic in emotional range and diverse in genre-crossing ability. She explores a rich hybrid of popular music – part jazz, part indie-pop, part quirky cabaret with a bit of torch song to round it out. Live, her audience becomes a collective co-conspirator as she intones her confessions, dissatisfactions and desires, supported by arrangements that move from somber to playfully bombastic. Leonhart’s approachable demeanor belies powerhouse vocals and some of the most innovative compositions of the day – she delivers intricate melodies with warmth and simplicity. Her voice has drawn comparisons to the likes of Norah Jones, Feist, Madeleine Peyroux and even Sarah Vaughan.
Leonhart is employed as both a commercial voiceover artist and vocalist (Lifetime, Oxygen, Kohl’s, Betty Crocker, Neutrogena brand, Tresemmé and more) and also works extensively as a background and session singer (Donald Fagen, St.Vincent, Judy Kuhn, Paul Brill.) She was a soloist in the Metro Mass Gospel Choir and has performed in the 92nd street Y Lyrics and Lyricists series. Her debut record, the truth about suffering was released on Sunnyside Records in 2008.
Leonhart created her one woman musical narrative “estuary: an artist|mother story” as a 2015 commissioned NEW YORK VOICES artist of The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub.