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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.
7th December 2013 -
Stan Tracey, the pioneering jazz musician often considered the 'Godfather of British jazz' by his contemporaries, has sadly passed away following a long battle with cancer. The jazz great's death was confirmed by his relative,...
10th July 2013 -
Jamie Cullum releases a video for 'You're Not The Only One'; his new track that features on his sixth album 'Momentum', released in May 2013 on Island records, that he has described as symbolising the...
7th March 2013 -
Model turned celebrity chef Sophie Dahl and husband Jamie Cullum say they are "completely thrilled" after welcoming their second daughter. The 35-year-old gave birth to Margot Cullum on Monday, with the jazz musician announcing the...
20th November 2012 -
The Amy Winehouse Foundation is preparing for its first major fundraising event. Sky News report that the organisation is gearing up for the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball at the Dorchester Hotel.Calling upon his daughter’s many...
2nd November 2012 -
Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum are adding to their brood! The Mirror have pictured Sophie and Jamie together at the Harper’s Bazaar’s Women of the Year awards bash at Claridge’s in London. Sophie was sporting...
21st October 2009 -
I'm All Over it video from Jamie CullumJamie Cullum's new single I'm All Over It will be released on 2nd November 2009 through Decca/Terrified Recordings, this is the first single from his album 'The Pursuit'...
2nd May 2006 -
Jamie Cullum Photograph Video StreamJamie Cullum will be releasing his 3rd single Photograph from his gold-certified album 'Catching Tales' on May 1st through Universal Classics and Jazz. The single and video will be available...
16th November 2005 -
Jamie Cullum To Release SingleEnhanced CD Cat. No: 9875047 Mind Trick Remix/A Night in Bath/Get Your Way remix/Mind Trick video...
2nd November 2005 -
Jamie Cullum"Catching Tales"Ucj26/09/05With the release of his "Twentysomething" album Jamie Cullum became a worldwide star, clocking up over 2 million sales, including 400,000 in America. He gave jazz music a shot in the arm,...
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