In the interview, James Blunt refused to disclose which way he voted in the 2016 referendum but told the paper’s Ed Cumming: “I’m going to carry on touring through Europe whatever happens. On August 29, 2019, James Blunt officially released Cold”.
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James Hillier Blount (born 22 February 1974), 3 better known by his stage name James Blunt, is an English singer-songwriter , record producer and former British Army Officer. Speaking to Yorkshire Post , James delves deeper; My father and I, we love each other and he’s been the most amazing father to me all my life and we know the bond that we have, but if you have a limited amount of time with that person on this Earth, then there’s some other things that I, as a songwriter, feel it would be a good time to say.
It’s only when Blunt sings about his ill father that he finally delivers on his promise of real emotion. “How It Feels to Be Alive” is a sprawling piano-led melodrama, whose verses nod to early Tom McRae. The most affecting track, though, is “Monsters” based on Blunt’s experiences sitting by his father’s hospital bed. It may be overblown, and hugely sentimental, but when Blunt sings about trying to chase his dad’s monsters away, it’s also genuinely moving. If only he’d lay himself bare more often.
As a result, the 45-year-old revealed that one of the songs on his new album titled Once Upon A Mind was one he wrote in dedication to his dad. His debut album Back to Bedlam proved to be an astonishing success, selling 17 million copies worldwide, spawning hits such as You’re Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover.
Polishing off the last of his hearty pub repast, Blunt – a deeply discreet man who gives very little away outside of his songs – drops his guard for a moment and lets you in, as he attempts to define what The Afterlove means to him.
James Blunt is absolutely right – Brexit is not going to change the lives of public school educated millionaires like us. The You’re Beautiful singer was called out on his “ignorant” views and for being a “privately educated millionaire” by angry Twitter users.
James is, indeed, lighting up the States. Having played a comparatively short 19-date, one-month tour in 2014, to support his Moon Landing album, he’s maxing out with his road-buddy, Ed. The shows will be followed by a major European tour, which will sell out the arenas of Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland and Italy, among others, before he returns to South America and the biggest cities of Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.
James is in a good place. The former British soldier who saw action in the Kosovo War before rising to fame with his debut album, Back to Bedlam, and achieving worldwide fame with the singles You’re Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover, has rediscovered his mojo.
James Blunt is back with his sixth album, a deeply personal” record written for his family. The troubadour and Twitter take-down king opens up about why he wanted to go to such a poignant place for his album, Once Upon a Mind, and why he is somewhat fond of social media despite its negative connotations.
With the help of producer Tom Rothrock (Beck, Elliot Smith, Badly Drawn Boy), Blunt recorded his wildly successful 2005 debut album, Back to Bedlam, and has since toured almost continuously. We caught up with him as he prepared for yet another North American tour.
He said: “I have a young family, I have a wife who I leave at home for extended periods of time while I’m away on tour and all of that has an impact of loneliness for me while I’m away on tour and a huge responsibility for those I leave behind.
James Blunt, 45, expressed his disdain for the limbo” Brexit has left the country in as he admitted he will continue to tour the EU despite what happens. Some users have taken to the micro-blogging site to slam the singer after they claimed that, as a multimillionaire, he would never understand the impact Brexit would have on the population. During an interview with The Independent, James spoke candidly about his views on Brexit. The Your Beautiful singer, who reportedly is worth an estimated £13 million, told the publication: I think it’s pretty much bullst. It’s all a political thing. I’m going to carry on touring through Europe whatever happens.
On 16 September 2014, Blunt confirmed on his official Instagram account that “Moon Landing” would be re-released on 3 November 2014. The new version of the album was named Moon Landing – Apollo Edition and contained 19 tracks: 11 from the original disc, plus the three bonus tracks of the deluxe version (“Telephone”, “Kiss This Love Goodbye”, and “Hollywood”) and five new tracks (“Smoke Signals”, “When I Find Love Again”, “Breathe”, “Trail of Broken Hearts”, and “Working it Out”). The new track “When I Find Love Again” was released as a single that same day, after being played on BBC’s Radio 2 for the first time. The official music video for “When I Find Love Again” was released on 14 October 2014. 68 69 The new version of the album also contains a 19-track live DVD recorded during Blunt’s performance in the 2014 edition of the Paléo Festival , Switzerland.
This must-see show will be the final one of his 2020 UK and European tour. Once Upon A Mind is the English singer-songwriter and former British Army Officer’s sixth studio album, and sees him return to what he does best after flirting with electronica on his previous effort, 2017’s The Afterlove.
After flirting with electronica on his last album, James Blunt returns to what he does best on new album ‘Once Upon A Mind’, writing classic songs that touch both the heart and the head. Highlights are many and include the breezy first single ‘Cold’, the poignant ballad ‘Monsters’, the pop swagger of ‘5 Miles’ and the country tinged ‘Halfway.’ There’s a warmth that permeates the entire album, and a real sense of personality.
Singer James Blunt has faced a backlash on social media after claiming “our lives aren’t going to change” after Brexit. In his signature self-effacing style, Blunt heralded the arrival of The Afterlove last year Tweeting, ‘If you thought 2016 was bad… I’m releasing an album in 2017′.
Oh, now you’re asking technical questions! Laughs. Yes, it’s a real acoustic piano, but it also has MIDI, so I can play with a band live without the sound getting lost. But I can also get rid of the band for some songs and just play acoustically, and that’s when it’s really nice to have the real, original piano sound. It’s my piano of choice; it sounds great, and it’s very reliable-it’s lasted through a world tour! So I’m really happy, and wouldn’t look elsewhere.
James Blunt’s residence in Ibiza is more than a holiday-home bolthole. It’s a super-secret, super-swish hillside villa 30 minutes’ drive from Ibiza Town. The house that You’re Beautiful” bought was purchased 13 years ago, right at the beginning of a music career that has resulted, so far, in 23 million album sales.
Blunt toured for much of 2005 and 2006, then issued the two-disc “odds and sods” audio-video release Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions in 2006. He had been writing songs while on the road, and invited back Back to Bedlam’s Tom Rothrock to produce them. Recorded with Blunt’s live backing band, the set included writing collaborations with Mark Batson, Jimmy Hogarth, Steve McEwan, and Max Martin The resulting All the Lost Souls arrived in September 2007. Featuring the U.K. number one single “1973,” it saw him top the album charts again in places such as U.K., Canada, Australia, and parts of Western Europe, and went to number seven in the States.
The reason this is so difficult for Blunt, 45, to talk about is that his father has stage four chronic kidney disease, and he needs an positive organ donor. None has been forthcoming so far, and the family have been shown an NHS timeline of life expectancy in these circumstances.
On the album, I built up the music with Tom Rothrock, just the two of us. We used occasional session musicians from Los Angeles and benefited from their experience, but otherwise it was this building process from nothing. Whereas with the live show, I have a regular band. There’s a drummer, a bass player, electric guitar, keys, and I play acoustic guitar and piano myself. And they all sing, like little girls! Laughs. They’re great musicians, so I just said, “Come on guys, what do you want to add to this?” I didn’t dictate to them. They brought their own musicianship to it. And as such, the same songs are presented in different ways. But it’s not set-I’m easy.
James Blunt has stretched what many thought would be 15 minutes of fame into 15 years. He pumps out world tours every two years, is about to release his sixth album Once Upon a Mind and is still a master of self-deprecating humour — as our very own Tom Gleeson found out in 2017.
Blunt recorded Back to Bedlam in 2003 with Rothrock as producer in Conway Recording Studios and Rothrock’s home studio in Los Angeles, playing many instruments himself. 31 39 During recording, he lodged with actress Carrie Fisher Fisher contributed in naming the album, and he recorded the song ” Goodbye My Lover ” in her bathroom. 8 Back to Bedlam was released in the UK in October 2004.
James Blunt wants the UK to “Get the F on with Brexit because our lives aren’t going to change.” A reminder: James Blunt is married to Sofia Wellesley, grand-daughter of the Duke of Wellington. So yeah — they’ll probably be all right, come what may.
After spending six years in the British army, James Blunt started pursuing a career as a singer in 2003. In fall 2004, the Tidworth-born songwriter released his first album Back to Bedlam”. While the first two singles High” and Wisemen” were well received by audiences, the third single You’re Beautiful” brought James Blunt to the fore internationally. Thanks to the ballad’s success, James Blunt’s debut album Back To Bedlam” peaked at #1 on the UK Best-selling album charts.
The star behind the instantly recognizable 2005 hit, “You’re Beautiful,” recently reflected on his standout, Grammy-nominated song in an interview with Esquire 15 years after he recorded it. However, during the conversation, the British star made a notable claim about his fellow English performers in regard to the track that skyrocketed his signature voice to worldwide fame.
James Blunt is back with a new, deeply personal, album dedicated to his family. Grace Hammond talks to the candid singer-songwriter about his remarkable career. He said on GMB today: “You know, I am a man, out of the army, unable to express myself. And in these songs I really can sing things that I wouldn’t otherwise.
James Hillier Blount, better known by his stage name James Blunt, is an English singer-songwriter and former soldier. A lot of people unaccountable shocked that privately educated millionaire James Blunt is pro-Brexit.
Though some might say that the Stones have never really focused on massive” singles, as Blunt would suggest, it’s important to note that Satisfaction” was once voted the greatest rock song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
James Blunt revealed his father is currently waiting for a kidney transplant and asked if presenters Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway might donate theirs during today’s Good Morning Britain. The lead single Cold is a raw and honest tune about the struggles James Blunt faces when leaving his wife and children behind for long periods of time while he tours.
There’s only one moment when James Blunt seems flustered. It’s not when he talks about his sick father, or how his new record is his most personal in 15 years, or how he handles criticism. Mostly he is genial and pleasant company, as you’d expect from someone who is as well known for his self-deprecating and occasionally lewd Twitter feed as for his harmless ballads. It’s when I ask him if he voted Remain.
Although he is widely adored for his hilarious Twitter take-downs and witty zingers, the singer-songwriter reckons the online world has fooled us all into thinking that life isn’t as wonderful as it actually is.
In the song Cold”, James Blunt is addressing a lover whom he is separated from by a great distance, indeed even an ocean”. In other words, the first verse sets the scene as him being engaged in a long-distance romance And basically, all of the symbolism used throughout the track point to the idea of Blunt missing his partner, as in lamenting the fact that he cannot be with her physically. And the primary metaphor he uses to relay this sentiment is that of him being cold”. That is to say that the title is based on the idea of the singer being just cold”, as in lacking warmth in his life. This can be interpreted in a number of different ways. But most likely, it simply alludes to the idea of the singer perceiving a palpable, discomforting lack in his life due to his sweetheart not being around.
A picture of Sofia and her husband James Blunt. This was taken at a 2014 awards show (NRJ Music Awards). Emily Blunt has admitted she’s getting fed-up with telling people that she isn’t related to singer James Blunt.
In 2005, Blunt performed 90 live shows, mainly across the UK and Europe, and supported Jason Mraz in a North American tour. The “Back to Bedlam World Tour” started off in January 2006, covering cities in Europe, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, as well as three separate headline tours in North America, ending in November of that year. 44 Not including promotional appearances, he performed over 140 live shows in 2006.
The 45-year-old singer has developed a reputation for his amusing and sarcastic messages on Twitter, and James claims that his ability to not take the platform “too seriously” has helped him to maintain a healthy relationship with social media.
Things, then, are happening fast”. But equally, they’re very inspiring to write about”, Blunt says, less callously than it looks in print. You see a parent grow old, then you see that life replaced by other people,” he notes, referring to his two young sons – and here his other default setting, privacy, battles with the openness of the new album; he asks that I don’t reveal their names.
James Blunt enjoys his chat with us. He’s happy to plug his forthcoming Birmingham gig – he’s back in the big time, back in the arenas – and is thrilled that we’ve done our research about his wife and family, his work for charities and his blossoming friendship with Ed ‘Mr Success’ Sheeran.
The national barometer of boomer blood pressures reached ever new heights today, as James Blunt—best known for his massive 2004 single You’re Beautiful”—suggested in an interview this week that The Rolling Stones are still looking for a similarly seismic cultural offering of their own. To be fair, the whole Esquire piece in question is mostly about Blunt’s own attitudes toward his life of pop culture servitude as the You’re Beautiful” guy—he’s pretty okay with it, despite previous comments acknowledging its annoyingness—but the weirdest part is definitely when he suggests that Mick and Keith are still looking for a song with similar staying power, because apparently Jumping Jack Flash” just can’t compare.