With the ongoing pandemic still affecting the world, it can be easy to despair and feel like you will never be able to enjoy life again. Yet even though some things have changed, there are certain experiences that remain the same. This feeling of gratitude is captured in Oakville, ON country pop singer Jamie McRoberts’ new single “Just Like I Remember,” the first song released from her upcoming debut album, Bring Me Your ‘A’ Game, both out now.
Crafted over an arduous year and a half, this album embodies the essence of patience and artistic dedication with legendary songwriter, producer, and music executive Ross Vannelli at the helm for his COA Productions label. Each note, lyric, and melody meticulously crafted, it is the culmination of tireless effort and unwavering commitment. The prolonged period allowed McRoberts and Vannelli to explore new horizons, experiment with innovative sounds, and push creative boundaries – without losing a note of the classic country and pop sound.
During this extensive journey, the artist faced numerous challenges, encountered moments of self-doubt, and experienced the ebb and flow of inspiration. However, they persevered, embracing the long process as an opportunity for growth and refinement. Countless hours were spent in the studio, meticulously fine-tuning every aspect of the music to achieve perfection.
“Just Like I Remember” opens with both acoustic and electric guitar riffs, immediately captivating the listener’s attention. The acoustic guitar takes the lead, adding an air of vulnerability to the song’s first verse as McRoberts sings of the long isolation she weathered before things felt lively again. The intimate and introspective atmosphere sets the stage for what’s to come.
By the song’s chorus, the mood has uplifted as McRoberts discusses her relief at being able to go out and experience the natural world as well as the company of other people again. The steady acoustic rhythm and drumbeat perfectly complement the lyrics, infusing them with a resolute and buoyant spirit. The chorus lyrics go as follows:
“It was just like I remembered Stepping out and I can finally breathe It was just like I remembered Back to where we wanna be Like I remembered”
These lyrics capture the essence of rediscovering the simple pleasures of life after a period of isolation, evoking a sense of nostalgia and appreciation for the familiar experiences we hold dear. McRoberts’ delivery of these lines showcases her ability to convey heartfelt emotions and uplift the listener’s spirit.
In fact, the song is given even more emotional weight through its accompanying music video that features McRoberts reveling in the outside world. Whether enjoying life solo or observing the world around you, the music video shows that it is still possible to appreciate what life has to offer.
Jamie McRoberts’ talent extends beyond music. With a background in acting and performance since the age of 5, she has not only performed across Canada but also internationally. Her diverse experiences bring depth and authenticity to her music, allowing her to connect with audiences on a profound level.
“Just Like I Remember” is the first single off Jamie McRoberts’ album, Bring Me Your ‘A’ Game, and it sets high expectations for what’s to come. With its infectious melodies, heartfelt lyrics, and McRoberts’ captivating vocals, this single serves as a resilient and uplifting anthem. It reminds us of the power of music to heal and uplift during challenging times.
Reviewer Anissa Sutton