At 19 years old, Jamie Scott looked every inch like the man who had it all. Still a teenager, he’d already landed himself a record contract at a major label, he was neatly tucked away with his childhood sweetheart and was still living, surrounded by friends and family, in the suburban town he had grown up in. With all the boxes ticked, it should have been so perfect. But, perhaps somewhat inevitably, things began to unravel.Feeling he had missed his chance as a performer, Scott had decided to forge a career writing film scores.
Of course, for a man who first picked up a guitar aged seven and taught himself to play, music was clearly a natural compulsion, and the one he was used to giving in to. Scott’s musical loves and influences now are one and the same as the varied bunch he grew up listening to. Jamie developed an appreciation of James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Carole King. He also has a keen love of soul – Wilson Pickett, Donnie Hathaway, The Flamingos.
Amazingly at the age of 25, Scott has been given a second chance at making it. Luckily, his music was discovered by the right person and barely months after his last deal, Scott found what he was looking for in a different record label and signed a new deal under the name Jamie Scott and The Town.
The previous comparisons to Jamiroquai that he once attracted seem pretty one-dimensional, probably an observation based on his dextrous and soulful voice. In truth, the Jamie Scott of Park Bench Theories is less easy-on-the-ear funk and, if comparisons must be drawn, somewhere between Jeff Buckley meets Stevie Wonder.