Jamie-Lee, a schoolgirl from Hanover, cast a spell over a million viewers when she won the season’s final of The Voice of Germany last December. Just two months later she went on to win the German national selection for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, Unser Lied für Stockholm, with the very same song, Ghost.
This fascinating, independent and exceptional artist, whose full name is Jamie-Lee Kriewitz, doesn't take herself too seriously. She dreams of taking a trip to Korea, lives as a vegan and is an absolute fan of the Japanese Decora Kei style, as anyone can easily see in the playful, extrovert and colourful Manga looks that she wears. A style with which Jamie-Lee is already setting a trend: her eye-catching outfits have already become hot topics on social networks and no doubt all eyes will be on her in Stockholm.
Through her music, Jamie-Lee expresses her preference for the comics aesthetics from the Far East. With her pop ballad Ghost, Jamie-Lee takes us into the secret meanders of her fantasy realm. Ghost is a rather sad love song, which depicts a story that anyone can relate to.
Things you should know about Jamie-Lee
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
I think I come across as quite authentic. The scenery in this environment is also quite striking: I really wanted to express the atmosphere of my song through images whilst keeping it totally minimalistic. I don’t think that there has been an artist with a similar style at the Eurovision Song Contest, yet. I believe it is the whole package that convinced the public to choose me.
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
What makes me interesting is that, although I do have a crazy style, there is nothing vulgar nor provocative about me and my art, as people might expect. I am rather reserved. I enjoy what I do very much. I love to practice; many think that kids my age aren't hardworking enough or have very little ambition. I also find myself quite funny! (laughs)
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
Before a show, I always speak with my coach from The Voice of Germany, Michi Beck, in order to calm myself down. I get terrible stage fright every time, doesn't matter whether I'm performing in front of two people or 200! So Michi convinces me and tells me that I should not worry. His voice relaxes me. Michi and Smudo gave me a Team Fanta pendant for the semi-final of The Voice and it has become my lucky charm. I will wear it as well for the Grand Final in Stockholm of course!
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
It is a huge honour for me to have been chosen to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest and to represent Germany in Stockholm. This participation is an amazing opportunity for me to allow people to get to know my music. Music is my life, it has always been my dream to perform in front of a large audience.
Jamie-Lee is backed by a strong team who produces and writes the songs for her. Her track Ghost was written by Anna Leyne, Conrad Hensel and DJ Thomilla while Hensel and Thomilla did the production.
Anna Leyne is a well know Nuremberg based singer and songwriter, who has worked with Mousse T., Spada and Slackwax. Her work was nominated for a Grammy and she did countless vocal recordings for movie scores and other musical productions.
Conrad Hensel is a Berlin based sound engineer and sound designer who has established himself working for the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin and collaborating with electronic music pioneer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Recently, he participated in the soundtrack for the Hollywood Movie The Revenant.
DJ Thomilla was part of the of the very sucessful first wave of German Hip Hop being present as a producer on various Top 10 albums. Afterwards, he entered the electronic music genre with his project “Turntable Rocker“.