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James Blunt Biography

James Blunt (born James Hillier Blount, 22.2.1974)

James Blunt is an English songwriter and singer who shot to fame in 2005 with the single 'You're Beautiful.'

James Blunt: Childhood

James Blunt was born in a military hospital in Tidworth, Wiltshire, to Jane and Charles Blount. His family has a history of military service that dates back to the 10th Century.

His early childhood was divided between England, Cyprus and Germany, as his father was a Corporal in the British Army Air Corps.

Aged 16, Blunt had gained his own pilot's license and he earned an army-sponsored place at Bristol University, where he first studied aerospace manufacturing engineering, before graduating with a BSc in Sociology in 1996. His education was completed at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.

James Blunt: Military Career

Blunt was committed to at least four years of service in the army, as they had sponsored his university education. He was initially placed in the role of a second Lieutenant in the Life Guards and rose to the rank of Captain.

In 1999, Blunt served in the NATP peacekeeping force in Kosovo and was the first British officer to enter the Kosovan capital.

Blunt took his guitar with him and would often perform for the local Kosovans. It was here that he wrote the song 'No Bravery.'

Later on, whilst based in Switzerland he earned the captaincy of the Household cavalry Alpine ski team and became the champion skier of the entire Royal Armoured Corps.

Whilst in London, Blunt stood guard at the coffin of the Queen Mother whilst she was lying in State and was a part of her funeral procession.

He extended his stay in the army, but then left in October 2002.

James Blunt: Musical Career

Upon leaving the army, Blunt was signed to EMI's publishing arm and to Twenty-First Artists Management. His posh speaking voice caused concern for many record company executives. However, when Linda Perry (songwriter for Pink and Christina Aguilera, among others) was launching Custard Records in 2003, she signed him to the label, having seen him perform at South By Southwest Festival.

The debut album, Back to Bedlam, was produced by Tom Rothrock in 2003. Blunt stayed with the actress Carrie Fisher during his time in Los Angeles, recording the album. He had met Fisher through the family of a former girlfriend. The song 'Goodbye My Lover' was recorded in Fisher's bathroom.

Back to Bedlam was released in 2003 but Blunt was relatively unknown and the response to his live performances was mixed, though his music was often likened to that of Damien Rice and David Gray.

It wasn't until the third single, 'You're Beautiful' was released, that Blunt broke through to mainstream success. The song went into the charts at number 12 and eventually ascended to the top spot. The huge amounts of radio airplay given to the song also pushed the album to the top of the UK Albums Chart.

The Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work was awarded to James Blunt and the co-writers of the song. He also became the first British artist in almost a decade to reach the top of the US singles chart.

In 2006, he was awarded 5 BRIT awards. He performed 'You're Beautiful' at the Grammy Awards in 2007 but failed to win any of the five prizes that he had been nominated for.

Back To Bedlam eventually sold over 11 million copies worldwide.

All The Lost Souls, James Blunt's second album, was released in 2007 and was certified gold in just four days in the UK. The album was recorded at his home in Ibiza, again with Rothrock on production duties.

James Blunt: Personal Life

James Blunt's personal life has been well documented in the press and has been linked romantically to Dixie Chassay, casting director for the Harry Potter films, musician Camilla Boler and the supermodel Petra Nemcova.

Blunt auctioned a number of 'meet and greet' opportunities at his gigs, to raise money for Medecins Sans Frontieres as well as supporting environmental causes. He screens a trailer for Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth at his concerts.

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james blunt performs at the royal albert hall in lo 190414
james blunt performs at the royal albert hall in lo 190414
james blunt performs at the royal albert hall in lo 190414
james blunt performs at the royal albert hall in lo 190414
james blunt performs at the royal albert hall in lo 190414

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The Latest James Blunt News

James Blunt In Remarkable Tirade Against Damon Albarn. Plums Are Involved.

14th April 2014

Being incredibly posh and remarkably privileged is okay, according to James Blunt – who just so happens to be incredibly...

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14th April 2014

James Blunt has accused Damon Albarn of hiding his posh background.The 'Bonfire Heart' hitmaker, who was privately educated at the...

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9th April 2014

James Blunt recruited a beautiful journalist for a cameo in his latest music video after meeting her the day before...

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17th March 2014

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James Blunt Buys Tuktuk For Ibiza Home

19th February 2014

Singer James Blunt has bought a motorised rickshaw from Thailand so he can travel around his luxury estate on wheels.The...

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James Blunt Reviews

James Blunt - Chasing Time: The bedlam sessions Album Review

20th March 2006

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James Blunt - Wisemen Single Review

20th March 2006

James BluntWisemenSingle ReviewThe man of the moment, James Blunt he can't do ought wrong. Brit...

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James Blunt Festivals

Hop Farm

5th June 2014

Wireless, Hyde Park

3rd July 2008

Glastonbury Festival

25th June 2014

Summer Sonic Festival

16th August 2014

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The Latest James Blunt Press Releases

James Blunt Announces Summer 2014 UK Forest Live Concert

3rd February 2014

Multi award-winning artist, James Blunt has announced he will be playing in the...

James Blunt Will Release His New Single 'Heart To Heart' On January 20th 2014

17th December 2013

James Blunt has had an incredible year, releasing his fourth album 'Moon...

James Blunt Announces Intimate London Show For Fans On September 30th 2013

20th September 2013

James Blunt will be playing a special intimate show on the 30th September at...

James Blunt Announces First Dates For 'Moon Landing 2014 World Tour'

9th September 2013

James Blunt has announced the first round of dates for his forthcoming '...

James Blunt Announces New Album 'Moon Landing' Released October 21st 2013

13th August 2013

James Blunt will release his fourth studio album 'Moon Landing...

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Guro

The more I hear your voice, the more I love you!!! I wish upon you all the happiness you can muster!!! Guro

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Deborah

I live in Tampa Florida and was wondering when James would be in this area or close. I would travel to Chicago or Atlanta. I think he is great.

5 years 11 months ago
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elizabeth f. kern

James, I must say--your new album All The Lost Souls, shows how far above you are from this crazy world today. Your angelic voice sets the beautifully reality of your mind-blowing songs to the top of any list of songs today. You are truely blessed--with an all-knowing spiritual mind. My prayers are with you always. Much love to you and yours. Sincerely, Bella

6 years 5 months ago
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Amethyst

What can I say....WOW!It's been a long time since I've heard a musician that sounded like he(or she) was singing from the heart. Your music takes me to another place (without the aid of any chemical substances :-) !).From this old girl, thank you, for writing some truly meaningful and beautiful music!

8 years 4 weeks ago
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newtohoo2

An amazing artist! An unbelievably brilliant soul! My new and very first obsession ever! Not James, but his message. (Okay, maybe a little bit James, but since I don't know him...) Your music has lifted my spirit and inspired me. Thank you is just not sufficient.

7 years 11 months ago
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juicychocolips

hi james. am black and itz kinda weird .ist off u remind me of my lover andy who is also british. i love u so much cos u look like my baby andy. much love.

8 years 4 weeks ago
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pinkyv1xen

cool james blunt video interview from his birthday last week...www.busradio.com/videos

6 years 1 month ago
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Plamena Marinova

"Back to bedlam" brilliant,emotional album."Goodbye my lover" FABULOUS song.I want to marry James Blunt.Really.Congratulations James.

8 years 2 months ago
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HEY JAMES!!!! i wrote to you a couple of weeks ago and asked u if u cud cum 2 australia sumtime, and there are sum rumours here that u might be cuming here!!!!! i really hope u du because if u do, like i said before, i will be da first one dere at ur concert!!!!thats pretty much all i had to say, if u cud sumhow confirm dat, it wud be really nice, fanx!!!P.S. i alredy left my email but ill giv it 2 u agen anywayz,inocent_devil_93@hotmail.comLoads and loads of love ur #1 fan!!!love tanayaxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

8 years 1 month ago
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Lamia

Well... James, What can I say...?You gave me hope, that's all. "You're Beautiful" would be the first song I wanted my baby Lara would listen to. But I lost her with 5 months pregnancy. Before that, I lost her father and your song gave me the strenght to keep her. And now that I'm without her I have only your songs. But I know my baby will be back for me one day so she would listen to "You're Beautiful".Thank you for being who you are. So sensitive and full of love. And beautiful...I'm not alone because you and your songs exist.I love youMIA

8 years 3 months ago
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