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Jamie Lawson

Not necessarily an overnight success when the twist-in-the-tale-tearjerker tune `Wasn’t Expecting That’ bolted up the charts in 2015, acoustic singer-songwriter JAMIE LAWSON had had his own troubles while buried under the fickle fringes of the music biz. The song itself (which hit the Irish charts four years earlier) has since become, not only Jamie’s “un-expected” signature tune, but that of many carers and the bereaved who have witnessed the passing of their loved ones from terminal cancer – spoiler alert apologies. Jamie, himself, was a youthful-looking 39 when the song went viral.
Born 1 December 1975, St Budeaux, Plymouth, England, Jamie began to play the guitar at an early age, having been inspired by LEONARD COHEN, R.E.M. and a host of other legends. From performing in a school covers combo, to playing second-fiddle to the likes of GLEN HANSARD, GEMMA HAYES et al, on tour, while fashioning his career on Irish shores, LAWSON worked to garner attention from record labels; but a handful of promos went unnoticed. With nothing coming his way in bona fide deals, the troubadour self-financed his own debut album, LAST NIGHT STARS (2003) {*6}, a record that needed dusting down by the time of its 7-year-itch follow-up, THE PULL OF THE MOON (2010) {*6}.
A brainwave to release an exclusive YouTube video of `Wasn’t Expecting That’ was an inspirational one and, in Ireland, a re-tracked parent download-album of the same name – with several tracks overlapping from his previous outing – followed on from the surprise hit. Enticed back to British shores by his buddy ED SHEERAN, resulted in a fresh contract on the Warner Bros-endorsed Gingerbread Man imprint, while timing was key to the song’s re-launch.
Showing patience and an understanding of the times (as the similar GEORGE EZRA, JAMES BAY and VANCE JOY made their mark), the tender and reassuring song gate-crashed the British charts.
With nothing to re-boot or promote his eponymous debut set, JAMIE LAWSON (2015) {*7}, it was indeed unexpected that it soared to the top of the UK charts. Opening with his FM-friendly, er… played-to-death classic, and bolstered by other yearning, picturesque-type tunes such as `Someone For Everyone’, `Cold In Ohio’, `All This Beauty’ and `In Our Own Worlds’ (think Chris Martin, JAMES BLUNT or DAVID GRAY), pop-rock’s newest contemporary star might have a long-lasting career if he breaks America.
© MC Strong/MCS Dec2015

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