photo by Paolo Brillo

photo by Paolo Brillo

"Jaime is truly an inspiring artist. He has been creating great art for a while now, having amassed a 10-CD catalogue at this point. He's gained recognition nationally and is widely regarded as a songwriter's songwriter. And, it's funny that just last year he earned an "Emerging Artist" showcase at Falcon Ridge. I'd call it a Lifetime Achievement award, instead. But either definition would be misleading. Jaime is a vital, alive, creative, artist who is as sharp, in touch, poignant and timely as anyone. He's simply an artist committed to growing who is on the journey with a mission to seek, learn and connect with art. Thanks for helping to make sure that his music is heard!
Erik Balkey / Hudson Harding Music

"Michaels writes beautiful, philosophical toned, poetic songs...he sings beautifully & the arrangements are stunning...An absolute must!"
Holly Moors - moorsmagazine.com

"Jaime Michaels' songs are as elusive as smoke and mirrors...His voice raspy with sadness and longing, Michaels pens contemporary tunes where love shines from within like a falling star..."
Sing Out!

"Looks like the muse has found a home..."
Caroline Aiken

"When booking Four Friends Acoustic Music Series, I look for the songwriter's songwriter. Jaime Michaels fits that description and fulfilled my expectations with zest, soulful, heart-bending lyrics, and clean expertise in the guitar department. His humor suited the audience, and kept everyone engaged and delighted with his fine storytelling ability. He brought a good group of fans out to our beautiful warm venue in Thousand Oaks, California.
I look forward to seeing him perform again.....anywhere, anytime."
Marilyn Babcock / Four Friends Acoustic Music Series
"Much like the folkier side of Paul Simon, who seems a clear mentor, Michaels’ lyrical skills allow him to be reflective and wry in his crafty word-play...The tunes throughout are always clever, mostly upbeat, but never sappy -- wine sipping rather than beer drinking music.”
Roots Music Report

 
"Jaime Michaels creates songs that follow the lives of ancestors and neighbors in tales told with the graceful edge of a master storyteller."
Danny McCloskey / the Alternate Root

"He writes songs with special meanings...with a sense of purpose, a sense of belief that music is as critical to life as breathing itself.”
Wanda Adams Fischer/WAMC
 
the news
 
December 1, 2019
Leaving in the morning for three house concerts in Florida this week ... Wednesday and Friday in Fort Myers and Saturday in Sebring ... message me for details if you are in the area and want to attend ...
Also will get to visit with my brother and also a visit with good buddy and co-writer of "dirty wine", Annie Wenz
The celebration of Dalis Allen in Texas was great ... got to visit with and hear old friends like Dan Navarro, Rj Cowdery, the Flyin' A's, Bob Livingston, Joe Jenks , Michael Bowers & Siobhan Quinn, Sonia (disappear fear) and a whole bunch of other great writers and performers ....
CD's still getting a lot of airplay ... #5 on the Euro Americana chart in October and # 13 on the Folk-DJ chart here ...
 
November 21, 2019
Well, here I be, another year older and hopefully a wee bit wiser
The Ronny Cox ceremony went well ... i gave a pretty good speech
Now I'm off to Austin in the morning to a celebration of one of my favorite people, former Kerrville festival producer Dalis Allen
Then a day of Thanksgiving back home in Santa Fe ...
A run to Florida for three house concerts and a little sun (it's snowing here today!) follows in early December then back to home to continue writing new tunes .... hoping to record when i'm in Italy in February, i have some brilliant musician friends there
All in all, it is indeed a wonderful life and I am sooooo grateful
 
 
Oct 29, 2019
So much good stuff going on!  The album is doing really well.  It debuted on the EuroAmericana chart last month at #5 and is set to appear on the US FolkDJ chart in a few days ... we are anticipating that it will do well.
Later this week I will have the distinct honor on inducting my old buddy Ronny Cox into the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame.  It's going to be a big ceremony taking place at the Kimo Theater in Albuquerque ... and I am a bit of a nervous wreck about having to make a speech without a guitar in my hands ...
I'm off the road for another month, a month I will use to write more tunes.  Then it's off to a Florida run in December.  It looks like I will be returning to Italy in February where I hope to record a few of those as yet unwritten new songs with some of my Italian musician friends. And looking further down the road, i am booking a tour of the upper Midwest in the late spring.
The adventures continue ... and I'm still one damned lucky guy!
 
Sept 15, 2019
Yup!!!! Just a few more days til the Oct 1st release ... the album is getting some good reviews in Europe and has already appeared on the Euro-Americana chart ...
A further adventure begins!!!!! Stay tuned ...

 

July 19, 2019
In the middle of the Italy tour.  It’s going great! The new CD is doing well, the gigs are great and the audience response is awesome! And I am in Italy!!! What’s not to love?
 
July 4, 2019
OK, then, the new album, if you fall, has been released in Italy and is already making some noise.  My cover of Francesco de Gregori's Rimmel has already been featured on RAI, Italy State TV and continues to get airplay around the country. I will be on a plane in two days for a three week tour with my Italian band, Paolo Ercoli.  Can't wait to get back there.  There will be another set of dates in Texas later in the year and in December the tour heads to Florida.
Here are some of the Italian dates ... more will be added in the next few days.  yup, it's a hell of a life!!!!

9 DE GREGORI SHOW - TORINO
10 VAIRANO (SWISS) - CAMPAGNOLA
12 SOMMA LOMBARDO (VA) - PIAZZA POZZO
13 MOCONESI (GE) - CALIGOLA
14 PIAN DI SCO (AR) - MACELLERIA BUCCIANTI
16 SUVERETO (LI) - ESTATE NEL BORGO
17 MILANO - SPIRIT DE MILAN
18 CANTU (CO) - CORTE SAN ROCCO
19 GROSSETO - PODERE 684
20 MARINA di MASSA - THE SECRET GARDEN
21 TERNATE (VA) - BUSCADERO DAY
22 CASTELVETRO (MO) - LAMBRUSCHERIA
24 FIRENE - TEATRO DEL SALE
26 GIGLIO PORTO (GR) - DA RUGGERO
27 GIGLIO CASTELLO (GR) - FRASCA DELL'ALTURA
28 PASSOCURO (ROMA) - LAMPARA
29 VASTO - ViA ADRIATICA
 
May 26, 2019
oh my, i have really been neglecting this site but that changes NOW!
the first big news is that while i've been away, i spent part of my time at the Kitchen Sink Recording Studio with producer Jono Manson recording my 11th full length album, if you fall ... this project was recorded with a whole new band featuring keyboards & accordion by Radoslav Lorkavić, drummer Paul Pearcy, bassist Ronnie Johnson and multi instrumentalist Jon Graboff plus a bunch of guest artists ... i could not be more proud of the results ... the album gets released tomorrow in Italy on Appaloosa Records who will have an exclusive for a few months ... the album will be released here later in the summer
next up on the tour front is a tour of Italy in July ... i'll post the details as soon as i have them ...
there will be new additions to this site in the very near future ... please sign up for the email list and i'll tell you all about them!
and if you look to the left you'll see a link to the first single released in Italy, a cover/translation of a song by legendary Italian singer-songwriter Francesco de Gregori ... have a listen!