What Is There To Know About James Morrison?
James Morrison is a 34-year-old singer who hails from Rugby, Warwickshire. Born James Morrison Catchpole on 13 August 1984 the singer moved to Cornwall as a teenager and began performing on the streets of Newquay as well as TRuro.
After James took his music GCSEs, the up-and-coming star progressed to writing his own songs. James’ unique voice was the result of a life-threatening case of whopping cough that he suffered from as a child where doctors gave him just a 30% chance of survival.
While James was playing open mic nights at an Irish bar in Derby, he met Kev Andrews – who is a producer who had worked with the band Simply Red – who was responsible for producing his first record.
What Are James Morrison’s Most Famous Songs?
James grew up listening in to Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Al Green as well as Van Morrison. He assigns his sound to these influences. When he was 21-years-old, James’ debut single ‘You Give Me Something’ that reached No. 5 in the UK charts in July 2006. James’ debut album Undiscovered sold over 1 million copies across the world, making him the UK’s best-selling male solo artist that year.
The second album which he released – Songs For You, Truths For Me – featured the top 10 singles ‘You Make It Real’ and which is his critically admired collaboration together with Nelly Furtado ‘Broken Strings’. In 2007, James had the privilege of winning a BRIT Award for being the best British male. In 2008 he worked with Jason Mraz on the ballad ‘Details in the Fabric’ from the latter’s stand-out hit album We Dance, We Sing, We Steal Things.
After this, James worked as a songwriter for Kelly Clarkson as well as Demi Lovato. He has released five albums and his 2019 album You’re Stronger Than You Know – his first album in four years – was released on 8 March 2019. New tracks from the album include ‘Power’, co-written with Adele and Florence Welch writer Francis Anthony “Eg” White, and ‘So Beautiful’ that he wrote with Gary Barlow.
The Reason Behind His Four-Year Absence
Morrison became a virtual recluse from the music scene, between the release of his third and fourth albums, holed up in the which that his six million album sales had bought him – literally putting up a high gate in order to shelter himself from the outside world.
It was the deaths of James’ father, brother as well as nephew within the short space of just three years that made him reluctant to return to the limelight. In a powerful interview with The Mail on Sunday he revealed how work kept him from hearing his father’s last words to him. Thus, he turned his back on music for a while.
And although it was his love for his own daughter, Elsie, who ultimately saw him through the dark days – he discloses the heart-breaking news that his dream of having more children may also be dashed.
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