NEW single released by Peterborough’s Platinum Award Winning, 3-time CMAO and Wire Megazine award nominee, Tami J Wilde.
Tami J.Wilde is no stranger to the songwriting process! She is a singer/songwriter/guitar extraordinaire who was born in Kitchener, Ontario and calls home inside the Peterborough area since the age of 13. Tami shared fond memories as a teen, as her love of music took firm root. She remembers clearly her first guitar — a six-string Saga acoustic instrument, and as a child, trips to Buckhorn where her parents and her brother sat by the campfire and “the guitars would come out. I’ve always remembered music as a happy time,” Tami expressed.
She has been writing songs for well over a quarter of a century, 3 decades to be exact, while professionally performing for almost 20 years of those 3 decades. She has proudly performed in Peterborough, Lindsay, Muskoka Region, Beaverton, Durham Region, Kitchener, all the way into Nashville, Ireland, and Arizona, with many places in between.
Proudly has 3 albums under her guitar strap, and her debut album, One Long Song was released in 2007 and she was presented a Platinum Award for her 5th song, Ride That Train. Tami first took lessons from Tommy Barnes, with Neil Young’s Harvest Moon songbook always within reach. At age 27, she included her 1st electric guitar, a T-60 Peavey. Peter Cragg further taught Tami how to arrange music while local rocker Jay Cooper recorded some of her songs. Barry Haggarty of http://www.haggartysoundstudio.com also took an interest and put Wilde in his studio and on tape even recording on her albums/singles past to current. Tami recalls that the Country 105 FM music competition led to a new supporter, and new opportunities, in the form of singer/songwriter, music producer, and audio engineer James McKenty, whose best-known for fronting The Spades, and for his past outstanding Perry Street recording studio, Sound On Sound, now travelling the globe with his portable recording studio inside his immaculate 1973 Airstream Argosy https://jamesmckenty.com and http://inrecordtimestudio.com James McKenty was also quoted in the past as saying, “Tami came in with a handful of songs. It was obvious they were very close to heart. The best way to capture them would be as organically as possible. A lot of local musicians were called in but, for the most part, we recorded in the same fashion each time. Everything was played live; it was rare that we went back and tried to fix anything. Tami had a very natural-sounding voice and always gave a good performance right there and then, so there was no need to labour on it for too long. Tami is a natural…her songs are definitely coming from an honest place, combine that with her stellar vocals and you’ve got a winning combination.” Tami’s debut album, One Long Song featured the talents of James McKenty, The Weber Brothers, Tom Street, Jay Coombes, Shai Peer, Derek McKendrick, Ken Cairnes, Cody Carslake, Sean Condie, Katie Bath, Joslynn Thomson and Kim Doolittle, among others. Terming her musician friends as “her extended family,” Wilde remains forever grateful for the support and guidance that has come her way since this first album, as Wilde shared, “I have the greatest respect for musicians. The self-promotion end of the business is never-ending. I have a job. I can’t imagine what it’s like for those who play music for a living. It really is a labour of love.”
Next, came her sophomore self titled 2nd album which sported a long list of hits starting off with the ever-popular, Me and My Ole Guitar, Take The High Road, Real Songs That Last, and Sweet, just to name but a few that brought her onto the television stages inside Peterborough’s Cogeco TV program The Skinny and into Oshawa Roger’s TV Daytime as well, her videos created by her daughter, Hannah Edgerton got noticed by Canada’s largest video country station, CMT as well. Tami’s unique originals garnered attention as a nominee at The Wire Awards and a 3-time nominee inside the Ontario Country Music Association (CMAO) Awards.
Next, 2020 finds Tami celebrating her 3rd album and 1st with legendary guitarist Jimmy Deck, called Kickin Country which features remakes of her number one hits, Me and My Ole Guitar as well as, award-winning Ride That Train adding in one-of-a-kind versions with Jimmy Deck on guitar, also including 7 infectious pieces that will get your toes a-tapping. As well, this album brought Tami and Jimmy to Port Hope’s The Breezeway TV stage on regular rotation, garnering Jimmy for a Guitarist of the year nomination 2021.
Since 2020, Tami has amassed a long list of video creations for numerous original singles which include You, Why Not, Brother Wayne’s Song, Intoxicating, Just Breathe, Hit The Ground Running and as of today, February 23rd, 2022, she adds her newest arrow from within her impressively rich catalogue’s quiver. The title of this personally penned piece, OKAY, was written in memory of Tami’s guitar player and dearest friend Jimmy Deck on where she is now after a year of grieving. It’s about letting people know you are not alone and working towards letting go of the grief to move forward and that it’s going to be “OKAY.” She notes special thanks to Leslie Clarina for the video shot of Spinning Trees and Fred Forsey for the Road In The Trees footage and mentioned that this song was entirely recorded, mixed, with mastered vocals, and guitar inside her studio at Wilde Productions, plus this creative video was shot by Tami J Wilde herself.
Tami’s music stems from her take on life, and how she’s handled the cards that life has dealt her, she works hard and plays nice, she loves to laugh and surrounds herself with good positive friends.
“I write and play music because I love it, not because I have to…there’s a big difference,” explains Wilde, who works for Extendicare when she’s not putting pen to paper or strumming her Norman 12-string, and her collection of new and vintage guitars.
With over 100’s of 1,000s of views on youtube and a worldwide fan base, Tami J Wilde is a musical staple in today’s music realm as a valuable industry team player with an all-around musical presence. No matter how many shows of hers you attend, or how many of her songs you listen to, or how many videos of hers that you watch, it’s like your finger is on the pause button, truly never veering from her trademark sound we have come to adore all these years. To truly capture Tami J Wilde is like capturing an infinite measure, both a creative workbook and an authoritative musical reference. Her musical gift is so profoundly moving and a pertinent one. Her perfected measurements of rhythm and supportive harmony, play a crucial role in defining the sound of country/folk and even rock with the blues.
Tami J Wilde is a truly impressive phenomenon, an introspective delight, a talent so beautifully laced with melodious and oh so harmonious to the ear.
I got to chat with my dearest bff today and here’s how our conversation went.
DEB: Tami, your song made me cry.
TAMI: “Omg Debbie, that made me cry. Thank you for this beautiful article, As time goes by, sometimes you forget the path you’ve already walked cause you are always so focused on the journey ahead. Just a killer article, you are so talented Deb, we had quite the journey together too and every bit of it was just as amazing my Sista”
DEB: Always in my heart forever and ever Tami J Wilde. Your song affected me big time, a very relatable song, especially with all the struggles that I have to endure lately with the fractures, and not knowing my medical and physical future with unknown variables with all this injury. This song made me promise myself to try to never give up, so thank you for this song. I know it’s about your pain and missing jimmy but, it is now my motivational theme song to try to heal too. After all, that’s what good songwriting is all about, reaching your listeners in a personal way as if you are singing to them or about them.
TAMI: “Thank you so very much, Deb. Yes, l want people to know that they are not alone in the long journey of healing. Thank you for being part of my journey,’
Now’s your chance to celebrate her newest release in remembrance of her dearest friend, co-writer, guitarist, the legendary Jimmy Deck. Click on over to Youtube today, and view OKAY, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9I6ZuQOgIM
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