- 10:55 AM, Jul 19
Satisfyingly nabbed the titles of Best Pop Act and Best British Male out of his five nominations at Brit Awards held on February 15, 2006, James Blunt has really shown that he is more than just a commercial act like some people have considered of. Aiming to re-release his single of "Wise Men" on March 13, everything seems to run very well for this striking singer as his world tour schedule has been fixed to be conducted around America, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan for the whole month of April. Also ready to highlight the 2006 Summer Nights Concerts Series in England by late June, he certainly has ample chance to score higher than what he has achieved in the past two years as long as he keeps maintaining his great quality and unusual style within him.
Born James Hillier-Blount on February 22, 1977 in Tidworth, Wiltshire, James came from a military family who did not listen much to music though his mother did introduce him to musical instruments and had him taken classical grades since he was merely a little boy. However, the thought of pursuing a career in this field had never occurred to him until he witnessed an older boy playing an electric guitar at the age 14. Even so, he decided to wait for the right time to accomplish his dream and continued his study at Harrow School then Bristol University majoring in aerospace manufacturing, engineering and sociology before entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to later become a commissioned officer in the British Army.
Afterwards served as a NATO peacekeeper in Kosovo by 1999, James finally left the army in 2002 to begin establishing his journey of becoming a musician. A performance at the 2003 South By Southwest Music Festival managed to garner the attention of Linda Perry who quickly offered him a lavish contract under her label, Custard Records. Helped by her to land a U.S distribution deal with Atlantic Records, he subsequently was brought to Los Angeles for working on his first effort and the result was "Back to Bedlam" which thus was released on October 11, 2004. To his dismal, many predicted that this piece of work would never be a success as it had to struggle hard to take position in U.K chart for nearly half a year.
Intended to prove them wrong, James optimistically launched a single from the album