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James Morrison

Morrison performing at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival.
Background information
Birth name James Morrison Catchpole
Born 13 August 1984 (1984-08-13) (age 25)
Origin Rugby, Warwickshire, UK
Genres Pop, soft rock, blue eyed soul, neo soul
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments vocals, guitar
Years active 2006–present
Labels Polydor (worldwide except North America)
Interscope (North America)

James Morrison (born James Morrison Catchpole;[1] 13 August 1984)[2] is a BRIT Award-winning English singer-songwriter and guitarist from Rugby, Warwickshire. In 2006, his debut single "You Give Me Something" became a hit in Europe, Australia, and Japan, peaking in the top five in the UK and New Zealand. His debut album, Undiscovered, debuted at the top of the UK Albums Chart. He released his second album, Songs for You, Truths for Me in 2008, which entered the top five in the UK as well as topping the Irish Albums Chart. Songs for You, Truths for Me featured the top ten singles "You Make It Real" and his critically acclaimed collaboration with Nelly Furtado titled "Broken Strings"[3]. He has performed with Jason Mraz, Nelly Furtado, and others in concerts and in songs.



Early life

Morrison began playing guitar when his uncle Joe showed him how to play a blues riff.[4] As a teenager he started busking when he lived in the village of Porth, near Newquay, Cornwall. He took GCSE music at Treviglas Community College where he was taught by steve mildenhall (milders). After some years of covering other musician's songs, he eventually started to compose his own . He attributes his distinctive voice to a severe bout with whooping cough that nearly killed him when he was a baby.[5]

According to Morrison, he was influenced by music from a very young age, listening to artists such as Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Van Morrison and Al Green. Morrison said that the first time he heard Stevie Wonder's voice he was close to tears, and has since been fascinated by the way he utilizes his voice.[6]

While visiting Derby, Morrison found a pub called "Ryan's Bar" with an open mic night. For the next two years, he performed and built up a following until being signed by Polydor Records. Before being signed to a major label, Morrison had also been touring with Corinne Bailey Rae.

Breakthrough and Undiscovered

Morrison at the Live&Loud KL '07.

He achieved worldwide success with debut single "You Give Me Something", which reached #2 in Holland and the #5 spot in the UK. He released his debut album Undiscovered on 31 July 2006. The album received generally positive reviews with the The Sun,[7] claiming "There isn't a bad track on it".[citation needed] An equally positive review by The Times stated that "Undiscovered may prove to be the least apposite album title for years". It topped the UK Albums Chart on its first week of its release. The album sold over 1 million copies around the world by the end of 2006.[citation needed], making Morrison the best selling male solo artist of 2006 in the UK.[8]

The album's second single was "Wonderful World", which broke into the top ten in the UK following its CD single release, peaking at #8. The song fared just as well in the Netherlands where it peaked at #8. This was his second top ten single following the success of You Give Me Something. On 18 December 2006 James Morrison's third single, "The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore" was released. It peaked at #30 in the UK. The fourth single from Undiscovered was the title song "Undiscovered" which was released on 13 March 2007. "Undiscovered" peaked at #63. The song fared better in the Netherlands where it peaked at #30.[9]

Morrison was scheduled to play at the 2006 V Festival, in one of the smaller tents there. The audience however, was much larger than expected and couldn't fit into the tent allocated for him. As a result, he had a ten-minute set on the main stage before Hard-Fi came on (Weston Park). At the 2007 V Festival he played his full set on the main stage. He also performed "You Give Me Something" at the 2006 Royal Variety Performance before Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall. He appeared on Live from Abbey Road following his live recording session at Abbey Road Studios on 5 January 2007.

Following the release of Undiscovered, Morrison made his first appearance on national TV in the United States, at the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show, in addition to appearing on NBC's Today Show, on 16 March 2007, performing "You Give Me Something" with just guitar and Wurlitzer piano. The album debuted at #24 in the US with 24,000 copies in its first week.

In 2007 Morrison was nominated for 3 BRIT Awards and won the Best British Male Solo Artist category. (Other nominations were for the Best British Breakthrough Act, Best British Single Shortlist). On 4 April 2007, he was awarded the title of an AOL Breaker artist,[10] a contest that was voted by the British public.

At the Concert for Diana on 1 July 2007, he performed the songs "Wonderful World" and "You Give Me Something" in honour of Princess Diana. During the summer of 2007, Morrison headlined the Forestry Commission's Forest Tour. His fifth UK single, One Last Chance was released on 2 July 2007 as a download only. The video is being shown on The Hits, The Box and Smash Hits music channels. The video was shot in Canada in April 2007. On 29 November 2007, he performed in KL Convention Center for the Acoustic Live&Loud KL '07; a music festival in Malaysia. James had performed alongside Rick Price and local singer Dayang Nurfaizah.

Recent work and Songs for You, Truths for Me

Morrison collaborated with Jason Mraz on the track "Details in the Fabric" on Mraz's new studio album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things., which was released on 13 May 2008.[11].

On 29 September 2008, Morrison's second album entitled Songs for You, Truths for Me was released. In the writing process for this album he worked with Ryan Tedder, Martin Terefe, Martin Brammer, Chris Braide and Steve Robson. The album also features a duet with Nelly Furtado entitled "Broken Strings" co-written with Fraser T. Smith and Nina Woodford. From October 2008 until the end of the year Morrison has toured throughout Europe. The album performed well, debuting in the top three of the UK Albums Chart and spending 5 weeks in the top ten. When talking about the album, Morrison stated that the music had 'moved on' a lot from the first album but not to the point where fans of his previous album wouldn't be able to "get it".[8]

"You Make It Real" was released a week before the release of the album as the lead single. As part of the promotion, Morrison performed the single on GMTV, Radio 1's Live Lounge and a the BBC Children in Need charity appeal. The song debuted at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart giving Morrison his third top ten hit. "You Make It Real" spent a total of eight weeks on the chart. The second single of the album was "Broken Strings," the collaboration with Nelly Furtado. The single was released on the 15th of December 2008. It entered the singles charts at number 73 and slowly rose for four weeks before, following a performance of the song with Girls Aloud on The Girls Aloud Party, broke into the top ten at number 6, giving Morrison his fourth top ten hit. The following week the song rose to a new high, rising to number 4 on the 2008 Christmas chart. This makes Broken Strings Morrison's most successful single by peak position to date in the UK as, on 11 January 2009 it climbed to number two, being held off the top spot by Just Dance, the debut single from Lady Gaga. The song's highest entry was in Germany's Single Top 100 where it entered the chart at the top spot.

Following the success of Broken Strings, the album which had been gradually descending down the album chart, made a leap from number forty eight to twenty nine and then two weeks later, re-entered the top ten at number seven. It rose again the next week to number four and was charting at number five, twenty weeks after release. The same effect allowed Songs For You, Truths For Me to gain success in Ireland. After dropping off the Irish Albums Chart completely, it re-entered the chart at number seventy three. It rose for several weeks until it was charting at number thirteen. The next week the album climbed to the top of the chart, entering the top ten at number one. This gave Songs For You, Truths For Me its first number one chart placement and gave Morrison his second number one album.

On 30 April 2009, it was announced on Take That's official site that James Morrison would be supporting the band at some venues and dates on their 2009 tour. Morrison performed along with singer Gary Go, in the Sunderland Stadium of Light on 5 June, the Coventry Ricoh Arena on 9 June, the Cardiff Millennium Stadium on 16 June and 17, the Glasgow Hampden Park on 20 June, the Manchester Old Trafford Cricket Ground on 26 June and in the London Wembley Stadium on 1 July.

Personal life

James is in a long-term relationship with girlfriend Gill. Gill gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter named Elsie in September 2008.[12] James has also stated in a recent interview that he will be moving to Woking, Surrey in 2010 to live with his girlfriend & daughter when he is not on the road.





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From Wikiquote

James Morrison (born James Morrison Catchpole on 13 August 1984) is an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist born in Rugby, Warwickshire, England.

Quotes from songs

An assortment of quotes from songs of the James Morrison album 'Undiscovered'.

Wonderful World

And I know that it's a wonderful world, but I cant feel it right now.

But if I had someone I would do anything and never never never never let you feel alone.

Who am I to dream, dreams are for fools, they let you down.

You Give Me Something

Please give me something, because someday I might know my heart.

One Last Chance

Some people say that i'm not worth it, I've made mistakes but nobody's perfect.

I've got to take this chance and make it into something good.


Im not lost, no no, just undiscovered.

This Boy

I'm scared for this emotion, for years I've been holding it down.

If The Rain Must Fall

Oh well dreams can come true, if you know inside you really want them to or you can sit you can wait, you can leave your fate in someone elses hands.

But if the rain must fall...It won't matter much to me, If i had you, All i need is your love.

Broken Strings

Oh it tears me up, I try to hold on but it hurts too much, I try to forgive but it's not enough to make it all okay.

The truth hurts, a lie's worse.

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