To Jaime Woods, music is storytelling. It connects us all through common experiences, and relatable issues. Music has the power to manipulate our emotions, evoke us to action, it facilitates healing, and causes us to think and see things differently.
Jaime began music in Chicago at 15, and sang with numerous choirs and local groups. She's performed and recorded with musicians who've played with artists from Yolanda Adams to D'Angelo. In 2010, she was accepted to Berklee College of Music. She made enough noise in Chicago to raise half of her tuition money through her debut concert, themed "Lifespeak" in November 2010. Now as a student, she's focused on songwriting and production. Since she's been at Berklee, Jaime has performed at the Beantown Jazz Fest, Sculler's, Johnny D's, and other local shows and open mics. She became part of an ensemble that performed with Neo-Soul artist Bilal, and will be performing with Lalah Hathaway in February 2012. She has collaborated with many fellow Berklee students, and is a member of an a cappella group that will tour Europe in the winter. She is also preparing an EP for summer 2012.
Jaime is inspired by the writings of Lauryn Hill, Emily King, Smokie Robinson, and Stevie Wonder. Jaime appreciates the natural and experimental sounds from artists across the music spectrum like Gretchen Parlato, Bobby McFerrin, and Mushinah, and also gleans from the oldies of jazz and soul, from Ella Fitzgerald to Sam Cooke.