Jamie Cullum

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Jamie Cullum at the North Sea Jazz Festival , Rotterdam 2015

Jamie Cullum (born August 20, 1979 in Essex ) is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist .


Cullum found the connection to music very early on. His Israeli father (whose mother, in turn - a native of East Prussia - fled to Palestine from the persecution of the Jews by National Socialism) and his mother from Burma played in the band "The Impacts". There Cullum gained his first piano experience as a toddler, and later he had guitar and singing lessons. As a teenager, Cullum made numerous appearances in bars and clubs. This financed his studies and, in 1999, the production of his first album Heard It All Before . This, published in an edition of about 700 copies, Cullum sold at his concerts. Through the album Geoff Gascoyne became aware of the young talent and invited Cullum to work on his album Songs of the Summer . After graduating from the University of Reading with a degree in literature and film in 2001, Jamie, largely self-taught himself, released his album Pointless Nostalgic . In April 2003 he signed a contract with Universal Jazz , a major label . Although Cullum was originally mainly a jazz musician , he knows how to use a wide range of styles and is also generally understood as a " crossover " artist.


Jamie Cullum (2011)

In July 2003 he won the “Rising Star” category at the British Jazz Awards . His third album, Twentysomething, was released in Great Britain in October 2003 and in Germany in early 2004 and found over 2.5 million buyers. The album includes some jazz standards such as Singin 'in the Rain , What a Diff'rence a Day Made, I Get a Kick Out of You and a cover version of the rock classic The Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix , but also a variety of own pieces such as the title track or All at Sea, which he wrote with his older brother Ben Cullum. He also composed the music for the West End play When Harry Met Sally with him .

At the Brit Awards 2004, Jamie was nominated as a "British Breakthrough Act". He played live with Katie Melua at the ceremony at Earl's Court Exhibition Center . He also appeared on the birthday of Elizabeth II .

In September 2005 he released his album Catching Tales . With four exceptions, this album contains original compositions that Cullum wrote in collaboration with Guy Chambers , Stewart Levine and Salaam Remi, among others . Years later, both this album and its predecessor were still successful jazz albums.

For published in 2008 film Gran Torino by Clint Eastwood Cullum recorded the theme song with the same title and received a Golden Globe nomination. He has also worked with Toots Thielemans , Camille and Pharrell , and was featured on the albums of his bassist Geoff Gascoyne and on the album Swinging, Singing, Playing by the Count Basie Orchestra , which was to accompany him on the album The Pursuit .

In November 2009 the album The Pursuit was released on Decca Records . It consists of eight original compositions, including the singles I'm All Over It and Wheels and four cover versions: Just One of Those Things by Cole Porter , which was recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra, and If I Ruled the World , which was also released as a single Rihanna - Cover Don't Stop the Music and Stephen Sondheim's Not While I'm Around from the musical Sweeney Todd . This album was not produced by Stewart Levine, but (with the exception of Don't Stop the Music ) by Greg Wells, who also played drums, guitar, bass and organ on many tracks. Sebastiaan de Krom and Geoff Gascoyne, who had previously accompanied Cullum on his albums, were no longer involved in this production, but are noted as co-composers of You and Me Are Gone .

In 2012, Cullum composed the title Standing Still for the show Our Star for Baku . Roman Lob , the winner of the show, competed for Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku ( Azerbaijan ) and finished eighth. On May 17, 2013, his sixth studio album, Momentum, was released in Germany. With the album Interlude , released on October 3, 2014, Cullum turns, in contrast to his previous releases, back to jazz and reinterprets some jazz standards. Similarly, Gregory Porter and Laura Mvula to hear a duet with him.


Cullum has been married to Sophie Dahl since January 2010 and lives in the London borough of Kensal Green . Their daughter Lyra was born on March 2, 2011, and their second daughter Margot on March 4, 2013.



year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
2002 Pointless nostalgic - - - UK55

(6 weeks)UK
First published: September 23, 2002
2003 Twentysomething DE57

(10 weeks)DE

(26 weeks)AT

(12 weeks)CH
Triple platinum
× 3
Triple platinum

(61 weeks)UK
US83 (20 weeks)
First published: October 20, 2003
2005 Catching Tales DE30th

(6 weeks)DE
AT22 (11 weeks)
CH14 (21 weeks)

(13 weeks)UK
US49 (4 weeks)
First published: September 26, 2005
2009 The pursuit DE11

(32 weeks)DE
AT24 (13 weeks)
CH7 (17 weeks)

(9 weeks)UK
US42 (4 weeks)
First published: November 10, 2009
2013 Momentum DE10 (8 weeks)
AT12 (3 weeks)
CH10 (9 weeks)
UK20 (9 weeks)
US156 (1 week)
First published: May 20, 2013
2014 Interlude DE13 (4 weeks)
AT23 (3 weeks)
CH14 (4 weeks)
UK19 (4 weeks)
US154 (1 week)
First published: October 6, 2014
2019 Taller DE16 (4 weeks)
AT17 (2 weeks)
CH15 (2 weeks)
UK17 (1 week)
First published: June 7, 2019

More albums

  • 1999: Heard It All Before (Jamie Cullum Trio)

Live albums

  • 2006: Live at Ronnie Scott’s


  • 2005: Kings of Swing
  • 2007: Jamie Cullum: Influences
  • 2007: In the Mind of Jamie Cullum
  • 2010: Devil May Care (mix of other albums including two bonus tracks)
  • 2018: The Song Society Playlist



year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
2004 These Are the Days / Fontin '
- UK12 (7 weeks)
First published: May 3, 2004
Everlasting Love
- UK20 (9 weeks)
First published: November 5, 2004
Original: Robert Knight (1967)
2005 Get Your Way
Catching Tales
- UK44 (3 weeks)
First published: August / September 2005
Mind Trick
Catching Tales
- UK32 (1 week)
First published: November 11, 2005
2009 I'm All Over It
The Pursuit
DE93 (4 weeks)
UK55 (5 weeks)
First published: November 2, 2009
2010 Don't Stop the Music
The Pursuit
DE58 (4 weeks)
First published: January 25, 2010
Original: Rihanna (2007)

More singles

  • 2002: High and Dry
  • 2004: All at Sea
  • 2004: The Wind Cries Mary
  • 2005: Photographer
  • 2010: Wheels
  • 2010: Love Ain't Gonna Let You Down
  • 2013: Everything You Didn't Do
  • 2013: Edge of Something
  • 2013: You're Not the Only One
  • 2014: Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood ( feat.Gregory Porter ) (Original: Nina Simone , 1964)
  • 2014: Good Morning Heartache ( feat.Laura Mvula ) (Original: Billie Holiday , 1946)
  • 2014: Don't You Know (Original: Ray Charles , 1954)
  • 2016: Show Me the Magic
  • 2017: Work of Art
  • 2018: The Man (Original: The Killers , 2017)
  • 2019: Taller
  • 2019: drink
  • 2019: The Age of Anxiety

Guest Posts

Video albums

  • 2004: Live at Blenheim Palace (UK:goldgold)
  • 2004: Twentysomething
  • 2005: Telling Tales
  • 2006: Live in Buenos Aires

Awards for music sales

Golden record

  • BelgiumBelgium Belgium
    • 2007: for the album Catching Tales
  • New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand
    • 2004: for the album Twentysomething
  • NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands
    • 2005: for the album Catching Tales

Platinum record

  • AustraliaAustralia Australia
    • 2004: for the album Twentysomething

2 × platinum record

  • NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands
    • 2008: for the album Twentysomething

Note: Awards in countries from the chart tables or chart boxes can be found in these.

Country / Region Gold record icon.svg gold Platinum record icon.svg platinum Sales swell
Awards for music sales
(country / region, awards, sales, sources)
Australia (ARIA) Australia (ARIA) 0! G- Platinum record icon.svg platinum1 70,000 aria.com.au
Belgium (BEA) Belgium (BEA) Gold record icon.svg gold1 0! P- 25,000 ultratop.be
Germany (BVMI) Germany (BVMI) Gold record icon.svg 3 × gold3 0! P- 300,000 musikindustrie.de
New Zealand (RMNZ) New Zealand (RMNZ) Gold record icon.svg gold1 0! P- 7,500 nztop40.co.nz
Netherlands (NVPI) Netherlands (NVPI) Gold record icon.svg gold1 Platinum record icon.svg 2 × platinum2 160,000 nvpi.nl
Austria (IFPI) Austria (IFPI) Gold record icon.svg gold1 0! P- 10,000 ifpi.at
Switzerland (IFPI) Switzerland (IFPI) Gold record icon.svg gold1 0! P- 15,000 hitparade.ch
United Kingdom (BPI) United Kingdom (BPI) Gold record icon.svg 4 × gold4th Platinum record icon.svg 3 × platinum3 1,225,000 bpi.co.uk
All in all Gold record icon.svg 12 × gold12 Platinum record icon.svg 6 × platinum6th


  1. ^ Jamie Cullum, My family values The Guardian , May 17, 2013
  2. http://www.jazzecho.de/service/charts/ , accessed on July 30, 2010 (shows the current charts)
  3. http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/berlin/interview-mit-jamie-cullum--es-passiert-sehr-viel-in-berlin-,10809148,28661392.html
  4. Cullum: "I can be pretty embarrassing" , focus.de, interview of November 7, 2009.
  5. http://nachrichten.rp-online.de/panorama/jamie-cullum-1.443714
  6. http://www.ok-magazin.de/people/news/16571/sophie-dahl-und-jamie-cullum-zum-zweiten-mal-eltern-geworden
  7. a b Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US

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