Jamie DeFrates is one of the few singer/songwriters who has been successful without having to tour extensively. Jamie works from his high-tech audio studio in St. Augustine, Florida, where he has scored many projects for the Wilderness Society, PGA Tour, Sally Corporation, and the American Cancer Society to name a few. With the release of "Winterhawk", Jamie has recorded six albums of his intelligently conceived and melodic original music, which has reached listeners around the world.
In addition to his private CD projects, Jamie composed the musical score for the documentary "Iakovos, A Legacy", which was about the life of Archbishop Iakovos. It aired on the A&E Network and the project won an Emmy. One of Jamie’s most revered projects was the video for his song "Timber", which was created for the Wilderness Society. The Timber music video won two Silver Tellys, three Florida Crystal Reel awards, three Jacksonville Image awards, and in addition to all of that the Atlanta Songwriter’s Association voted him songwriter of the year.
"Winterhawk" is impeccably recorded with Jamie’s unwaveringly clear voice mixed up front. The CD also features Susan Brown's beautiful voice on backup vocals and the lead vocal on her song "Come Back Baby". Other guest artists appear, including Andy King on upright bass, Chip Herrington on harmonica, Brian Homan on Dobro, and Gabe Valla on mandolin. Although all the tracks include a cadre of guest musicians, thankfully, the CD is not overproduced. Winterhawk is Jamie’s stellar return to his folk roots. This music has strong emotional commitment conjuring up visions of the mighty hawk flying freely on the wind currents.