Jamie Cullum

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Jamie Cullum (born 1979) is a British jazz pianist and singer.

Originally born in Essex, But raised in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, Cullum released his first album, Jamie Cullum Trio — Heard it All Before, in 1999. A mere 600 copies were made. Original copies have sold for as much as 600 (and above) on Ebay. The success of Heard It All Before resulted in Jamie being invited to appear on Geoff Gascoyne's album, Songs of the Summer. After graduating from the University of Reading in 2001, Cullum, who is completely self-taught, bar a few piano lessons as a youngster, released a best-selling album, Pointless Nostalgic, which stirred interest from Michael Parkinson and Melvyn Bragg. Following that, in April 2003 signed a contract with Universal, spanning three albums, who beat Sony in a bidding war for the jazz prodigy.

Jamie then started recording his second album, Twentysomething, which was released in October 2003 and has sold a staggering 2 million records world wide. Cullum is the biggest ever selling jazz artist in the UK. Jamie's breakout hit in the United States was All At Sea closely followed by High and Dry'.

Although primarily a jazz musician, Cullum performs in a wide range of styles and is generally regarded as a "crossover" artist with his musical roots firmly based in Jazz. Cullum draws his inspiration from many different musicians from Miles Davis to Tom Waits.

Together with his elder brother, Ben Cullum, he wrote the music for a West End stage version of When Harry Met Sally. Ben Cullum is also the mastermind behind Sunhatch dance project.

In the 2004 Brit Awards, Cullum was nominated in the "British Breakthrough Act" category. He performed live in the ceremony at Earl's Court, a duet with Katie Melua of The Cure's Love Cats. In 2005 Brit Awards Jamie was nominated for two awards; Best Male Artist and Best Live Act. Cullum was also nominated for a prestigious Grammy award in 2005, and in July 2003 he also won the "Rising Star" category at the British Jazz Awards.

Jamie's third major label album is thought to be released in September 2005. In recent articles its been mentioned that Cullum will be working with Pharrell Williams of N*E*R*D, Ed Harcourt and, of course, his brother Ben Cullum.


Contents

Discography

Album

  • Heard It All Before (1999)
  • Pointless Nostalgic (2001)
  • Twentysomething (2003)

DVD's

  • Live at Blenheim Palace (2004)

Singles

  • Everlasting Love (2004)
  • These Are the Days/Frontin' (2004)

External links

nl:Jamie Cullum

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