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Jodee James, top Celtic artist in MP3 sales, brings a new energy to the music of Wales and the other Celtic lands. Singing ancient tales and ageless themes of love, loyalty, longing and mystery, with a voice that is touching and intimate, Jodee conjures the very essence of tradition, whether of this century or many centuries before us.

Nobles, shepherds, lovers and dreamers, birds as messengers and inspiring heroes all come to life in Jodee’s music.

With a never ending passion for history since childhood, Jodee seeks to communicate to others the way experiences and places cut through her. Jodee says:

"It was my father who suggested I sing Welsh folk songs and that held for me a key. It unlocked something inside me. I was able to combine my love of times past, with the mystery of lore, tradition and emotion. In reaching through from this side of the sea, I see my family's ancestral land from a different place, from a different perspective, yet with no less pride or emotion. I believe many Americans can relate to this. And while the scenery outside my window my differ from that of my family's windows a century before, the landscape of the heart keeps many things alive. I collect the words of a culture from pages I have read, but I’ve absorbed words of home carried in my grandparent’s voices — this is what I hope to express in my singing."

Jodee tours solo (guitar and vocals) and with her band, whose instrumentation includes fiddle and percussion. She has performed at concert venues, festivals, colleges and coffeehouses from Maine to Florida, including Longwood Gardens (PA), NJ Folk Festival; University of Pittsburgh; W.A.

Singleton Center for the Arts (VA); Walt Whitman Center of the Arts (NJ); Godfrey Daniels (PA); Remsen Barn Fest and Gymanfa Ganu (NY); Irish Arts Center (NYC); Ames Unity Concerts (IA) and the Irish Heritage and Cultural Center (Milwaukee.)

Jodee’s audience welcomes the release of her new CD “Two Shores”, inspired by grandparents who never forgot their homeland. On MP3.com, the world’s largest online music portal, Jodee secured her place as a top MP3 Celtic artist with thousands of downloads and numerous CD sales.

Jodee and her band's high regard for tradition and crafted blend of originality, supports their mark in today’s Celtic music scene – a unique and beautiful musical journey.

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