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Cullum performing at
Akershus Festning, Oslo in 2017
|Birthday/Birthplace||(1979-08-20) 20 August 1979
Rochford, Essex, England
|Genre(s)||Vocal jazz, jazz-pop, swing|
|Instruments||Singing, piano, guitar|
|Record Labels||Lioness, UCJ, Candid, Decca, Verve, Verve Forecast, Deckdisc|
Jamie Cullum (Essex, August 20, 1979) is an English jazz and pop singer and pianist.
Jamie Cullum’s Biography
Jamie Cullum was born on August 20, 1979 in Romford, Essex (England). He was raised in Hullavington, Whiltshire. His mother, Yvonne, is a secretary of Anglo-Burman origin; and his father, John Cullum, worked in finance. His paternal grandfather was an officer in the British army, while his paternal grandmother was a Jewish refugee from Prussia who sang on records in Berlin; Cullum sees her as his “cultural icon”. He grew up in Hullavington, Wiltshire but currently resides in North West London.
He began his musical career at sixteen, playing in bars, clubs and hotels in his hometown. Years later he moved to the University of Reading, to study film and English literature. It was during this stage that he began composing and playing his own music to accompany the short films he made as part of his course. In addition, Cullum took the opportunity to give some concerts with his group Jamie Cullum Trio, of which was born a first album titled “Heard it all before”, in 1999, of which only 500 copies were made; Due to its rarity, original copies of this album are sold for up to £ 1000 on eBay. Thanks to the success of his first album, Jamie Cullum was invited to participate in Geoff Gascoyne’s album Songs of the summer. Later he managed to release a second CD, “Pointless Nostalgic”, which caught the attention of personalities of the caliber of Michael Jackson, among others.
Even though “Pointless Nostalgic” was released by a small jazz label (Candid), Cullum’s music attracted the attention of Universal Records. This firm offered him a contract for a million pounds to promote and record their records for the next five years, thus winning the battle to Sony. After many years trying to open a gap in the world of jazz, Cullum was now at the door of success.
In October 2003, a few months after signing the contract, Cullum launched «Twentysomething». This album sold 850,000 copies in just 4 months, getting two platinum albums and becoming the number 1 studio album released by a jazz artist in England until then. Thanks to this work, the new figure of British jazz won the award for “Best New Artist” at the BBC National Radio 3 Jazz Awards and was nominated as “Revelation Artist” at the Brit Awards that year.
After the great worldwide success, it was preparing its fourth album that was released in September 2005 in England and then in the rest of the world, under the name of “Catching Tales”. In this last work we could see a change in which new sounds are incorporated without leaving their jazz base. His first broadcast cut was “Get your way”, with the collaboration of Dan The Automator. His second cut was “Mind Trick”, song that was written by Jamie himself along with his older brother, Ben Cullum. The last cut of diffusion of this disc was “Photograph”, also written by Cullum on the eve of the new year of 2005, after finding a box with old photos that made him remember how special his youth was, even though in that He had not seen it like that before.
Jamie Cullum has become one of the main references of the current vocal jazz, to the point of being considered by the American public as successor to Harry Connick Jr. His great ability for music made through jazz, he entered in different musical styles, making variations of songs by artists such as White Stripes, Kanye West, Pussycat Dolls, Elton John, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Coldplay and many more. In fact, he became famous by copying the song “Do not stop the music” by Rihanna. His prestige has even led him to enter the field of cinema, where he has been the main theme of the soundtrack of the movie The Diary of Bridget Jones, versioning the classic song “Everlasting love”, Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden composed in 1967; as well as the song “Grace is Gone”, which is part of the soundtrack of the film with the same title. The last song for a film is “Gran Torino” by Kyle Eastwood and Jamie Cullum for the film of the same name and directed by Clint Eastwood, it was nominated as the best original song in the “Golden Globe Awards”. He released his latest album, The Pursuit, in November 2009.
Jamie Cullum, who already visited Spain in May 2010 with performances in Madrid and Barcelona, made three new concerts in Spain on The Pursuit European Tour of his new album The Pursuit. On November 26 he performed at the Barcelona Jazz Festival, on November 27 at the Pisuerga Pavilion in Valladolid and on November 28 at Kursaal in San Sebastián, he also participated in Vitoria in 2011 at the Jazz Festival.
In 2012, he presented the song “Standing Still” to the German national team for the Eurovision Song Contest. Finally the theme wins the German final by telephone vote and was performed in Baku by Roman Lob. He has also participated in a spot in Spain, for the beer brand ‘San Miguel’ singing a song with other singers like Carlos Sadness and others. In August 2014 he returned to Spain to give a concert in Vigo.
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