Her musical odyssey started early. She was born Jamie Obstbaum in New York City and raised in Leonia, New Jersey. The granddaughter of a cantor, and the youngest of three musically-curious children, she began studying the violin at the age of three and singing soon after.
Her true inspiration to find her own voice as a vocalist began in her early teen years while singing in a vocal jazz ensemble. After graduating with a degree in English Literature from Barnard College, Jamie continued her musical journey: through leading a ‘pop’ band, Methuselah Jones to singing as a soloist in the New York Metro Mass Gospel Choir to performing as a solo artist at prominent New York venues Makor, Rockwood Music Hall, the Living Room, Smoke and Joe’s Pub. She has also worked with producers including Pat Dillett (They Might Be Giants, David Byrne) and Rob Stevens (Yoko Ono, John Lennon Anthology).
Jamie Leonhart explores a new paradigm of popular music: a hybrid of pop, jazz, and quirky cabaret. Listeners have described her sound as "sophisticated, deeply soulful and intelligent," "in turns plaintive and irreverent," with "smart world-weariness/wariness."
And now, here she is, straddling the line between jazz, her own versionof pop and quirky cabaret, redefining and refining as she goes along.