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Jamie Cullum Biography

Jamie Cullum (20.8.1979)

Jamie Cullum is a British jazz-pop singer-songwriter.

Jamie Cullum: Childhood

Jamie Cullum was born at Romford Hospital in Essex and was raised in Hullavington, Wiltshire. Cullum attended the private school, Grittleton House School, followed by sixth form at Sheldon School. Cullum then studied English Literature with a minor in Film Studies, at Reading University. He graduated with first class honours.

Jamie Cullum's mother is Anglo-Burmese. Her family settled in Wales after Burma was declared independent.

As a teenager, Jamie Cullum played drums in a hip-hop group and also played guitar in bands named Raw Sausage and The Mystery Machine. He has said that Miles Davis and Tom Waits are amongst his biggest influences.

Jamie Cullum: Music Career

Jamie Cullum's first album was released in 1999. The album was entitled Jamie Cullum Trio - Heard It All Before. Only 500 copies were pressed and now reach up to around £600 on eBay. Geoff Gascoyne heard the album and invited Cullum to guest on his album Songs of the Summer.

Jamie Cullum's next album was released after he graduated from university. Entitled Pointless Nostalgic, the album attracted interest from Michael Parkinson and Melvyn Bragg. As a result, Cullum's debut TV appearance was on Michael Parkinson's BBC chat show. He was also the last musician to perform on Parkinson's 'Final Conversation' show in 2007. Pointless Nostalgic included new arrangements of classic tracks such as Thelonius Monk's 'Well You Needn't' and 'It Ain't Necessarily So' by George Gershwin.

Following Jamie Cullum's first performance on Parkinson's show, he signed a three album contract with Universal for around £1 million. His next album, Twentysomething, released in 2003, was awarded platinum status and became the number one album by a jazz artist in the UK. By the end of that year, he had become the best-selling jazz artist of all time. Twentysomething included a cover of 'Lover, You Should Have Come Over' by Jeff Buckley and 'I Get A Kick Out of You' by Cole Porter

Jamie Cullum's cover versions have become hugely popular. When he plays live, he has been known to cover artists as diverse as Kanye West ('Gold Digger'), White Stripes ('Seven Nation Army') and Massive Attack ('Teardrop'). He has also performed tracks by Rihanna, Radiohead, Gnarls Barkley and Justin Timberlake.

Catching Tales was Cullum's third studio album and was released in 2005. The lead single, 'Get Your Way' was a collaboration with Dan the Automator (a member of Handsome Boy Modelling School and Gorillaz). The album was supposed to feature the track 'Wifey', which was a collaboration with Pharrell Williams, but the inclusion of the track was barred by legal problems.

In 2006, Jamie Cullum released a live album entitled Live at Ronnie Scott's.

June 2009 saw the release of Jamie Cullum's fourth album, The Pursuit. The lead single from the album was 'I'm All Over It', which received extensive mainstream radio airplay.

Jamie Cullum: Personal Life

Jamie Cullum is engaged to the British model Sophie Dahl. Sophie is the granddaughter of the writer Roald Dahl.

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jamie cullum at the stage door of the olympia 141013
jamie cullum at the stage door of the olympia 141013

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The Latest Jamie Cullum News

Jamie Cullum Thought He Had No Chance With Sophie Dahl

5th January 2014

Jamie Cullum thought ''there was literally no chance'' of him impressing Sophie Dahl when they first met. The 'Don't Stop...

Uk Jazz Pioneer Stan Tracey Passes Away, Aged 86

7th December 2013

Stan Tracey, the pioneering jazz musician often considered the 'Godfather of British jazz' by his contemporaries, has sadly passed away...

Jamie Cullum Slammed For Circus Performance

3rd December 2013

Jazz star Jamie Cullum has come under fire from animal rights activists after he played a show at the home...

Rizzle Kicks: Jamie Cullum Is Most Talented We've Seen

16th August 2013

Rizzle Kicks believe Jamie Cullum is ''the most talented person'' they've ever seen. The hip-hop duo - Jordan Stephens and...

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25th July 2013

Rita Ora has joined the line-up for the Unity Concert in memory of Stephen Lawrence.The 'Radioactive' songstress will perform at...

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Jamie Cullum Reviews

Jamie Cullum - Catching Tales Album Review

2nd November 2005

Jamie Cullum"Catching Tales"Ucj26/09/05With the release of his "Twentysomething" album Jamie Cullum became a worldwide star,...

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Jamie Cullum Festivals

The Big Feastival

29th August 2014

Glastonbury Festival

25th June 2014

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

30th April 2014

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Jamie Cullum Interviews

Jamie Cullum, Interview

10th November 2009

Contactmusic.com speak with Jamie CullumWhat have you been doing since the last album?Well it's that...

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The Latest Jamie Cullum Press Releases

Jamie Cullum Announces Autumn 2013 UK Momentum Tour

28th May 2013

Jamie Cullum has today announced details of his 'Momentum Tour'...

Jamie Cullum Announces New Album 'Momentum' Out May 20th 2013

13th March 2013

Since the fantastic response to his special release last month ('Love for $ale' feat Roots...

Jamie Cullum Releases New Single 'Love For $Ale' Feat. Roots Manuva Out Now

14th February 2013

Jamie Cullum has today announced a special release, his first musical output in...

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