Dane Schmidt, better known by his stage name Jamestown Story, is an American alternative acoustic singer-songwriter from Minneapolis, Minnesota now residing in Nashville, Tennessee. Previously the main vocalist and songwriter of a band also named Jamestown Story, Schmidt chose to keep the band's name and continue on after the band dissolved in 2007. Schmidt released his first album under the name And Then I Turned Seven in late 2003 and has since released 4 albums, 7 EP’s, as well as numerous singles and split EP’s.
Schmidt released his first album, Broken Summer under the moniker And Then I Turned Seven in August 2003 before leaving his hometown of Duluth, Minnesota to attend college at Moorhead State University. While at school, Schmidt started playing shows in the Moorhead, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota area to promote his music. He ended up leaving Moorhead State University after his first semester to attend community college in Duluth while focusing on his music. In the fall of 2004 Schmidt put Broken Summer up for stream on PureVolume, a fast-growing music website, and quickly became one of the site’s top unsigned artists. Jamestown Story has since had over 2,500,000 million plays on PureVolume. In late 2004 he decided to take time off from college to start touring and focus on his music full-time. After 2 solo tours on the East Coast and in the South, recruited local musicians Pat Tarnowski, Kieren Smith, Trevor McKenzie, and Indianapolis, Indiana based drummer Chris Lee to join the band. The band independently played over 100 shows and logged almost 65,000 miles in 2005 alone. The band started working on their EP titled, The Jamestown Story, in the fall of 2005 with producer/engineer Jordan Schmidt, who has since recorded all of Jamestown Story’s music. The EP was released on October 30, 2005 and soon after, Trevor McKenzie left the band. McKenzie was replaced by local musician Sam Dean while the band continued to tour the US before putting their music on the popular social networking site Myspace in early 2006. The band built a loyal fan base on the site and within a year, became one of the site's top 50 unsigned artists, receiving millions of plays through consistent touring and constant self-promotion. Jamestown Story has since received over 12,000,000 plays on Myspace. In the Spring of 2006, Sam Dean left the band and was replaced by Chad Snell. The band continued to tour independently, playing more than 100 shows before changing the name to Jamestown Story on January 1, 2007. After a series of difficult tours in 2007, Tarnowski, Snell and Lee left the band in the Spring of 2007.