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.