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Jamie Marich

Jamie Marich is a consummate folk musician. In her new (2012) release, "Grace of a Woman," she blends a collection of life experiences and snap shots taken in her life pursuits along an acoustic canvas... with the help of talented collaborators. Marich began Suzuki violin training at the age of 3, danced in a Croatian folk troupe during her elementary years, competed as a figure skater in her early teens, and performed in several theatrical ventures in high school. In her early twenties, Marich served in Bosnia-Hercegovina as a humanitarian aid worker for 3 years. It was there she recorded her first CD, "Give Us Your Peace," a spiritual recording that catered to her following in Catholic liturgical music. Upon returning to the states in 2003, Marich began playing regularly with collaborator, Jim Stafford (no relation to the one in Branson), who Marich describes as her "musical soulmate." Marich says, "I loved acoustic music before I met Jim, but working with him taught me how to honor music and to take it to new heights; I'm so blessed to be working with someone so talented." The two of them put together a CD of Marich's originals in 2004 called "Under My Roof," available on CDBaby.

After nearly a decade of gigging together, Marich decided that she wanted to really "do it right" when it came to recording. Working together with Stafford and another long-time friend, producer/arranger/musician Todd Maki of Dragonfly Studio in Boardman, OH, "Grace of a Woman" came to be. Marich penned 12 of the album’s 13 tracks, and influences from blues, a capella choral music, country, rock, bluegrass, and both traditional and new folk style sounds can be heard on "Grace of a Woman." Marich describes the content of "Grace of a Woman" as the collage of her life journey and the healing that has taken place within it. Following some struggles in her personal life over the last several years, including a divorce, Marich reconnected with one of her favorite poems, "After A While" by Veronica A. Shofstall. Within the poem is a line about passing through life with “the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,” and from there, Marich’s idea about an album celebrating her journey and personal evolution was born. "Grace of a Woman" also contains a cover of Stephen Schwartz's "Defying Gravity," from the Broadway musical "Wicked,"...styled acoustically by Marich, Stafford, and Maki.

Many of Marich’s friends and colleagues describe her as a “renaissance woman,” and "Grace of a Woman" reflects her varied interests and life experiences. Primarily raised as a folk musician (citing Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Gillian Welch, and Patty Griffin as her influences), Marich collaborated with twenty musicians to bring "Grace of a Woman" to life. In addition to Stafford and Maki, performances from Jamie's father, mother, brother, and 89-year-old grandmother, many of her friends, her former high school students, Stafford's daughter, and other notable musicians in the Northeast Ohio area are included. "I love nothing more than collaboration, good collaboration, when it comes to folk music, and on this album it happened more magically and powerfully than I ever could have imagined," Marich noted.

Many people associate Jamie Marich with her music, although her career as a clinical counselor and a doctoral level instructor took root and expanded over the last several years. In her professional life, Jamie maintains a private practice out of PsyCare, Inc. in Youngstown, OH and travels the country for several professional continuing education providers offering instruction on a variety of clinical topics. Jamie’s first book "EMDR Made Simple" was published in 2011 and her next book "Trauma and the Twelve Steps" is slated for release later this year. Jamie has strived to incorporate music and other forms of creative expression into her practice. Jamie is also a JourneyDance instructor, a practice that blends elements of yoga, modern dance, and somatic movement, and she offers monthly classes at the Yoga Room. You can read more about Jamie Marich and her projects, both clinical and creative, at her primary website: Jamie also has a YouTube channel (drjamiemm) where several live performances of she and Jim Stafford can be viewed.