Rebecca Jayne Releases New Single ‘Heart of Mine’
We’re excited to announce that our Country Release Friday artist with MAM Roots this week is Rebecca Jayne. Rebecca’s new single ‘Heart of Mine’ is available now to buy or stream on all major platforms and make sure to check out Rebecca’s live performance of the track on @mam_roots IGTV from 2pm today.
About the new single Rebecca said,
“I wrote ‘Heart of Mine’ when I was in Nashville about a year or so ago. This is really a 2 part story in my case. I wrote a song on my last EP called ‘I’m Not Saying I Don’t Love You’. That song was written about a point in my life where someone truly loved me, but I didn’t love them back the way they wanted me to. I felt awful for feeling that way, but I couldn’t lie to myself or them for the way I felt and I say that in the song. After quite a bit of time passed I wrote ‘Heart of Mine’ from the way I imagined their perspective to be. It was a hard song to write and I only wish I had handled it differently. I wrote this song as an apology to that person.
“I recorded with Radio 2 DJ Bob Harris’ son, Miles Myerscorough-Harris of WholeHog Media at their studio near Oxford. It was an incredible experience to be recording in a room with such rich music history. I recorded with 4 incredible musicians – Will Looms on lead guitar and bass, Dan Bennett on banjo and backing vocals, Nick Cowan on piano and Ben Argyle on drums. We got everything recorded in 1 day with all of us only doing a couple of takes each. Miles and the guys were an absolute dream to work with and I can’t wait to get back in the studio to work on some more music.”
Rebecca Jayne first picked up a guitar aged 9 in defiance of her cousins who told her that “guitars are only for boys”. Led by her strong will and determination, she soon learned the basics and began experimenting with melodies to write her first original songs. She overcame stage fright to perform her first gig aged 14 and has since played live shows and festivals across the UK and US. Meanwhile her male cousins have all stopped playing guitar.
Rebecca approaches each new song as a blank canvas for honest storytelling and performs with such vehemence that is hard to come by. She released her second EP ‘Things I’ve Done’ in 2018. Recorded with Luke Batt (Katie Melua’s producer), the EP reached the top 10 in the Apple Music Country charts and received airplay on UK and US radio stations, as well as landing a number of spots with BBC Introducing. Rebecca has performed at CarFest (organised by Radio DJ Chris Evans), supported The Shires at South Hill Park Festival and has performed at a number of notable venues in Nashville including The Bluebird Cafe, Tootsies and Douglas Corner Cafe.
Fusing genres within her music, elements of Country, Folk, Pop and Americana can be identified in Rebecca’s sound. She cites Eva Cassidy as a huge influence on her musical style, admiring her ability to turn any song into something completely different and somehow even more beautiful. In recent years, Rebecca has also looked to Nashville writers, drawing influence from the likes of Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna and Natalie Hemby for songs that start with a writing concept, which is evident in her lyrics.