Jamie Stever No One’s Stronger Than A Mother

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Submitted by Don Graham

Ontario singer/ songwriter Jamie Stever isn’t content to just write songs and make records without having a purpose to his craft.  “I’ve been writing songs, seriously, for about twelve years now and consider it a craft and something I work very hard at perfecting. I like to have my songs make a difference in someone’s life.”  And so when he had finished his self- penned  “No One’s  Stronger Than A Mother”  he thought this is a song that needs a charitable partner . “ I started looking around for a cause to partner with on this song and ran into  a few obstacles, mostly the charities wanting me to give them money or such. When I hit upon Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) I knew this was the perfect marriage. They wanted to know what they could do to help make this work.”

In 2010, it was estimated that 2,541 individuals were killed in motor vehicle crashes in Canada. MADD Canada estimates that at a minimum 1,082 of these fatalities were impairment-related. In MADD Canada's opinion, the 1,082 figure is a conservative estimate, due to the under reporting that results from the inability to conduct alcohol tests on surviving impaired drivers and from the need to rely on police reports. Moreover, the figure underestimates the percentage of crash deaths that involve drugs. Thus, the recent sharp increases in driving after drug use have not been factored into the 1,082 figures. Given the limits on the 1,082 figure, MADD Canada estimates there are somewhere between 1,250 and 1,500 impairment-related crash deaths in Canada each year (3.4– 4.1 deaths per day).

Jamie tells of walking into the meeting with MADD to discuss partnering with them on this project and being overwhelmed by the sadness of the pictures on the walls. “Because an individual selfishly decided to have a few drinks and get behind the wheel of a car these people are no longer with us. I think the saddest was seeing a picture of a newborn baby Born Aug 12th ---Died August 12th hit by a drunk driver and killed. Inexcusable.”

Jamie Stever is a fine country singer/songwriter who really has a handle on who he is and what the music business is all about.  It’s a rocky road, a slippery slope and an obstacle course filled with challenges and disappointment. “ But I love it!’ he says enthusiastically, “The rewards are great if you can get past the undesirable parts of it. I love singing and playing for the people and I really love songwriting. The band and I are gearing up for a cross country tour and I can’t wait!”  Stever has performed at many Ontario festivals and has shared the stage with the likes of Gord Bamford, Jann Arden and Chantal Kreviasuk.

Jamie’s new album, released in May 2013, and titled “A Pretty Good Start” was recorded at Legends Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Produced by Brian G. White, the album was engineered by Dan Friszell (Craig Morgan, Jason Aldean). The first single, “Sweet Sweet Summertime” was released to country radio nationwide in summer of 2012, received heavy rotation with Jamie doing a cross Canada radio and promotion tour. Not to be outdone, CBC Music.ca came on board headlining, “Jamie Stever, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock – Country Songs That Celebrate Summer.” Other acts in the post included Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift.

Jamie’s latest single “No One’s Stronger Than A Mother” was released April 15th. "Drinking and driving is a universal issue that has touched all of us. I am happy to support such a wonderful organization by bringing awareness through my music and song. If we can prevent any more tragedies with this campaign, then I humbly have done my part to help."

So let’s join Jamie Stever and do what we can to help raise awareness to ugly problem of drinking and driving. Go to MADDs website www.madd.ca or Jamie’s website www.jamiestever.com  and download “No One Stronger Than a Mother”. All proceeds will be generously donated to MADD.