Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum

English songwriter and musician in the style of jazz, crossover jazz, power pop
Date of Birth: 20.08.1979
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Jamie Cullum
  2. Early Life
  3. Music Career
  4. Accomplishments and Collaborations
  5. Personal Life

Biography of Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum, an English singer-songwriter and musician, is known for his jazz, crossover jazz, and power-pop style. He plays the piano, guitar, drums, and is also a vocalist.

Jamie Cullum

Early Life

Jamie Cullum was born on August 20, 1979, in Romford, Essex, England. He grew up in Hullavington, Wiltshire in a family of a financier, John, and a secretary, Ivonne. He attended Grittleton School and later Sheldon School from the sixth grade. Jamie continued his education at the University of Reading, specializing in English literature and film. He graduated with honors.

Jamie Cullum

Music Career

Jamie Cullum's first musical album, 'Heard it All Before,' was released in 1999 in a limited edition of only 500 copies. This was enough to attract the attention of musician J. Gaskoin, who invited Jamie to participate in the recording of the album 'Songs of the Summer.' However, the album 'Heard it All Before' did not gain much popularity among contemporary listeners until years later when it became a sought-after item on eBay, selling for £600 and more.

Jamie Cullum

After graduating from university, Jamie released the best-selling album 'Pointless Nostalgic.' Initially, Cullum financed the album himself, but soon he caught the attention of Candid Records. The album included both classic compositions by Warren and Burke, Thelonious Monk, and Gershwin, as well as original compositions by Jamie. In September 2002, he was featured in an article in 'Jazzwise,' which praised his ability to breathe new life into existing compositions. In April 2003, he was invited to Michael Parkinson's show on BBC. Later that year, 'Universal' and 'Sony' competed for Jamie's contract, with 'Universal' winning and offering him £1,000,000 for the next three albums. His third album, 'Twentysomething,' released in October 2003, became platinum and reached number one on the UK Jazz Album Chart. By the end of 2003, Jamie became the best-selling jazz musician in the United Kingdom.

Jamie Cullum

Jamie's fourth album, 'The Pursuit,' was announced in June 2009 and released in November of the same year. He also released a live album 'Live at Ronnie Scott's' in 2006 and a compilation album 'In the Mind of Jamie Cullum.' He is known for his improvisation skills, combining jazz with elements of other musical styles, and for his use of unconventional instruments such as a small wooden bass drum set imported from Australia.

Accomplishments and Collaborations

Jamie Cullum has covered songs by artists such as White Stripes, Massive Attack, Kenny West, Rihanna, Pussycat Dolls, Radiohead, Elton John, and Justin Timberlake. He has collaborated with Kylie Minogue, Sugababes, Will.i.am, and Burt Bacharach. He has performed at major music festivals including Glastonbury Festival, Hollywood Bowl, South by Southwest, Playboy Jazz Festival, and Queensday in the Netherlands.

Throughout his career, Jamie has received numerous awards and nominations. He won the 'British Jazz Awards' for 'Rising Star' in 2003 and was nominated for 'British Breakthrough Act' at the BRIT Awards in 2004. In 2005, he received two nominations at the BRIT Awards and a Grammy nomination. He was named 'Musician of the Year' at the BBC Jazz Awards in the same year. In 2007, Jamie won the 'Ronnie Scotts Jazz Award' for Best Male Jazz Vocalist and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his soundtrack to the film 'Gran Torino.'

Personal Life

Jamie Cullum recently announced his engagement to British supermodel Sophie Dahl, and they are set to marry in 2010.