“But I don’t regret nothing, I’d do it again in spite…
In fact come to think of it, I think I just might.”
– from “Prodigal Son”
It’s not everyday a musician finds himself performing in front of Paul McCartney.
Jamie St Clair, fronting a seven piece band, was the guest of honor at McCartney’s second wedding. “What song would you like to hear?” St Clair asked the groom in the front row. The former Beatle, sitting next to his new bride, shouted back “Play track 1. That’s our favorite. Isn’t it hun?”
Jamie St Clair grew up in Springfield, Ohio “where the corn belt meets the bible belt.” His parents held big sing along parties where his family and friends sang along to Mitch Miller and the bouncing ball on television. Being the son of a Presbyterian minister, St Clair was active in the church choir, but gravitated towards rock music very early on. “I remember sitting by the radio with my stereo cassette player holding the microphones up to each speaker to catch my favorite songs. And then later, I would sit in my bedroom with headphones on and blast off into orbit,” St Clair remembers.
Jamie St Clair learned guitar as a boy, but went to University to pursue theater. In graduate school at the Asolo Theater conservatory program at Florida State University he independently began an intense spiritual exploration through various books on meditation and the nature of consciousness.
St Clair left grad school and moved to San Francisco for a meditation center that practiced Osho meditations. Within a year he left San Francisco to practice meditation in India. Spending over 10 years living in an ashram in India altered Jamie St Clair’s outlook on reality, life, love and, naturally, music. While at the ashram, St Clair teamed up with other musicians and led live music meditations.
With a sarod player he met in the ashram, St Clair released his first album, Celtic Ragas, in 1999 which included many of the songs from the meditations they led. The album was released by New Earth Records (a leader in spiritual music) and continues to sell well today.
Jamie, after living for years in the mountains just outside Boulder, Colorado, recently moved to Germany, where he lives now and plays concerts. It’s been some years since he released new music. “I got hooked up with my present girlfriend in 2006 and she’s been my muse,” St Clair professes.
Jamie St Clair’s new album, We Will Abide, is a clear departure from the New Age spiritual music world, as it resides clearly in the Country/Folk genre, which is Jamie’s musical roots. This album is a vulnerable vagabond’s story wrestling with the newfound courage that love unexpectedly brings. These twelve honest songs sung from this 58 year old’s weathered voice, give a heartfelt glimpse into St Clair’s traveled past, joyful present and hopeful future.