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"I get real annoyed when people don't just tell it like it is," declares Jamie Lee Thurston, explaining the inspiration behind his video hit "It Can All Be Gone." The song is an anthem for anyone who says what they mean and means what they say.
"My father instilled me with the old-school stuff," he explains. "If you've got something to say, say it to somebody's face, and tell the truth. That's just my philosophy."
Jamie Lee learned a lot more than that from his father, Jimmy, a musician. "I've been singing since I was three," notes Jamie Lee. "I would sing with his bands when he practiced in the garage."
It didn't take long for Jamie Lee to decide to follow his father's footsteps into music. "I'd see a falling star and make a wish," he recalls, "and I would always wish for the same thing. There was never a time when I thought I'd be a fireman or a policeman." He was on the road with his dad by age 15, and fronting his own band not long after.
Years of playing in clubs and a move to Los Angeles followed before he made a fresh start in Nashville in February 1999.
Over the last year, it all finally came together for Jamie Lee Ã¢ÂÂ he found a new manager and record label, and began work on his upcoming album. "It was light speed!" he exclaims. "I felt like Buck Rogers!"
Unfortunately, that means there's been no time for marriage or kids. "I guess I've just been too worried about my career," he admits. "Every time I get real close romantically, I start wigging out. I think once you make that commitment, that's a commitment, and I'm not ready yet."
Besides, his career does seem to be panning out Ã¢ÂÂ and Jamie Lee is ready to take it all the way. "I want to be a superstar," he says bluntly. "I have a vision in my head of playing for 60,000 people. I know it would be a blast.
"People always tell you you're not gonna make it, but you know what? If 90 percent of them don't make it, but 10 percent of them do, then somebody has to make up that 10 percent. Why not me?"