Miriam Jones has a way of singing the soul back home without putting it to sleep, a feat not easily accomplished in the world of the woman singer songwriter. Poppy and memorable? Yes. Soulful and reflective? Indeed. Folky and human? Absolutely. Jones has a particular gift for writing earth and angels side by side, and a voice suited to sounding them so. Jones' left-brain devotion to song form, as well as to both musical and lyrical sense and symmetry, is unusually balanced by an ability to surprise the listener with schmaltz-free vulnerability, passion, authenticity, and originality in everything she writes. When asked about her early influences as an artist, Jones cites artists like the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Phil Collins, and others who in a genre sense seem miles away from her own material but who had mastered the craft of brilliant songwriting. From such a list, one might wonder where the personal depth of Jones' lyrics comes from: "I've always spent a lot of time entertaining myself, even among three siblings. I was often up trees singing or just thinking about things, and yet I've always been very talkative and relational - I'm one of those introverted extroverts". Adding another element to Jones' appeal is her voice, which is at once full of character, substance, and beauty, and has been compared to that of Sandy Denny, Delores of the Cranberries, Shawn Colvin, Jonatha Brooke and Alanis Morisette. Jones' debut album, Sign & Semblance, simply produced and intimate, was followed 2 years later with Being Here, a folk/pop record produced in Nashville under Grammy award-winning, multi-format songwriter and record producer Charlie Peacock. Her most recent release, a five-song EP entitled Inside Free, was recorded in England with a bass-drums-piano trio of jazz musicians who contributed on a more organic level toward the final outcome of the songs. The result is jazz-feel folk majoring on piano rather than guitar. A Canadian, Jones has been featured on CBC Radio and has licensed several songs to North American indie film makers, as well as a song to Global Television's 'Falcon Beach' series. Jones recently moved to Oxford, UK, and has already been heard on BBC Oxford, seen at 2008's Greenbelt Festival, and named by Oxfordbands.com as one of their top 20 favorite local artists of the year.
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