James Morrison (singer)

James Morrison is an English singersongwriter and guitarist from Derby. In 2006, his debut single You Give Me Something became a hit in Europe, Australia, Japan and Iran peaking in the top five in the UK and claiming the numberspot in New Zealand. His debut album, Undiscovered, debuted at the top of the UK Albums Chart. In 2007 Morrison won the Brit Award for Best British Male.

Morrison was born in the town of Rugby, Warwickshire, where he was surrounded by the influence of his parents record collection his mother was a fan of soul while his father enjoyed listening to folk and country. He began playing guitar when his uncle Joe showed him how to play a blues riff. As a teenager he started busking when he lived in Porth, Newquay, Cornwall, in a local pub called the Phoenix, Watergate Bay. He used to practise playing his guitar on the promenade looking over Porth beach. He took GCSE music at Treviglas Community College. After some years of covering other musicians songs, he eventually started to write his own. He attributes his distinctive voice to a severe bout of whooping cough that nearly killed him when he was a baby.

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