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Jamie Cullum Biography

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Born: 1979/08/20
Birth Place: Romford, Essex, England
Genres: Crossover Jazz, Power Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul

Jamie Cullum was born on August 20, 1979 in Rochford, Essex, England and is a jazz-pop singer and songwriter. Primarily a vocalist and pianist, Cullum has also mastered the guitar and drums. In addition to his music career, Cullum presents a weekly jazz radio show on BBC's Radio 2. Cullum's musical style grew out of a jazz foundation at its core and an eclectic mix of blues, hip-hop, rock and contemporary music. Never working within the confines of a set list, Cullum's live shows are mostly improvised and last an average of two hours in length. Cullum is well known for performing the work of artists, such as The White Stripes, Kanye West, Massive Attack, Pharell, Rihanna, Pussycat Dolls, Radiohead, Gnarls Barkley, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Joy Division, and Lady Gaga.

Cullum's debut album, “Heard it All Before,” arrived in 1999 and resulted in an invitation from Geoff Gascoyne for Cullum to work on his album “Songs of the Summer.” After graduating from college, Cullum released “Pointless Nostalgic” in 2001, which gained interest from the press and talk show host, Michael Parkinson. After an appearance on Parkinson's show in 2003, Cullum was offered a record deal with Universal Records. Cullum's second studio album, “Twentysomething,” appeared later that same year and was huge commercial success. 2005 saw Cullum's third offering, “Catching Tales.” His fourth album, “The Pursuit,” was issued in 2009.