The rising Australian singer-songwriter Jamie-Lee Dimes has released the music video for her latest single “Virginia.” The track is a love letter inspired by the infamous 2017 rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia and seeks to reclaim the state from its recent history.
“I felt weary and uninspired in the time following the cancellation of SXSW,” says Jamie-Lee. “But I did what I know best and hit the road with my friend, filmmaker Vanessa Pla and a super8 camera. We set up camp in seventies roadside motels and explored a side of America that isn’t often seen, channeling our uncertainty into art during a time that will go down in history.”
Working on her debut studio album and making music spurred by a need to ignite conversations, ideas, and change, Jamie-Lee‘s “Virginia” follows on the heels of the recently unveiled “Release Me.”
Jamie-Lee recently wrapped an international tour in support of her previously released singles “Waste of Time,” a reminder to walk forward on the path of uncertainty, and “Hide in My Head.” Both singles, alongside Liminality, reflect her experiences living and studying dance in New York City, eventually merging Australian studies in music, classical ballet, drama, and contemporary choreography into her songwriting and music.
“[Jamie-Lee Dimes’] advocacy stands not on party lines but on human lines… Sometimes sounding like Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and other times like a Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins, Dimes’ musical angst is tempered by her velvety vocals.” – American Songwriter
“Jamie-Lee Dimes turns her own self-realizations into music that explore topics that have risen to the top of social consciousness in recent years… her folk-based melodies reveal a hypnotic and ethereal energy that perfectly soundtrack the introspective nature of her lyrics.” – Substream Magazine
“Jamie-Lee Dimes gives Australia a good name, this singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist… is a sure fire way to get your dose of music with meaning.” – Ladygunn