Friday, June 03, 2005

Ex-Peacekeeper in Kosovo Tops Music Charts in Britain

From fighting in Kosovo to fighting it out with the like of David Gray and Damien Rice in the music charts, singer/songwriter James Blunt is the hot new talent crashing our radio waves with his brand new album Back to Bedlam.

James Blunt could potentially become known as a Rice-Gray-Harcourt soundalike because in this day and age of likening acts to others, he is one man with a guitar and will have his work cut out escaping any comparisons to them. But perhaps his story could set him apart.

During a stint in the army, Blunt has been stationed in Kosovo as a NATO Peacekeeper, protected the Queen on horseback and the Queen Mother whilst she lay in state. However, a month after leaving the army, he left the stage at the South by South West Music Conference and five minutes later, Blunt secured a record deal.

Blunt’s style of singing/songwriting is commercial enough to rank him with other acoustic solo luminaries such as the Rice-Gray-Harcourt trinity he’ll have trouble escaping. However, as seen in the single High, his style is somewhat different as the lyrics are less clean cut and sung with a unique indie vocal that overrides a classic acoustic strum. And it is catchy enough for some decent radio play.

He had graced the stages of Glastonbury Festival and Guilfest and has also been a support act for Elton John and is currently supporting Lloyd Cole and The Commotions as well as headlining his own shows.

1 comment:

Fentiger said...

James is set for big things indeed! His album, Back To Bedlam is currently doing very well here in the UK.

His experiences in Kosovo have certainly inspired his songwriting, especially the very moving, "No Bravery".

James is actually due to play on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival this year and has a headlining UK tour planned in Oct.

For more information about James, visit his website at: