Jamie Cullum
Birth Date:
August 20, 1979
Birth Place:
Essex, England, UK
5' 6" (1.68 m)
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“People often ask me if it's hard to stay 'normal,' but I don't see the difficulty in that. You're only famous in the eyes of others. Inside you're still the same and not a hundred million records or TV shows can change that. I think the only pitfall of fame is believing that it means something and behaving like that.” Jamie Cullum

A British jazz/pop pianist and singer-songwriter of Burmese, German, English, Scottish, Jewish and Egyptian heritage, Jamie Cullum reached star status with his third album, Twentysomething (2003). In just six weeks, it sold over one million copies and went on to become the No. 1 selling studio album by a jazz artist in the United Kingdom. He is also known for releasing the surprise hit Heard It All Before (1999), the best-selling Pointless Nostalgic (2002) and more recently, Catching Tales (2005). For his standout work, Cullum has won a 2003 British Jazz for Rising Star and a 2005 BBC Jazz for Artist of the Year. He also has collected several additional award nominations, including three Brit nominations for British Breakthrough Act (2004), Best Male Artist and Best Live Act (both 2005) and a Grammy nomination.

Apart from playing the piano, Cullum also plays drums and guitar.

Fan of Miles Davis

Childhood and Family:

“'Cullum' is Scottish, but I'm nowhere near Scottish. My mother is Burmese and my father is of German, Jewish, English ancestry.” Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum was born on August 20, 1979, in Essex, England. His father, John Cullum, is an Englishman who worked in finance, and his mother, Yvonne, is a secretary of Anglo-Burmese descent. He was raised in Hullavington, Wiltshire, along with his older brother Ben, and attended the University of Reading in Berkshire, UK, where he graduated with a degree in English in 2001. Jamie became interested in music as a child, but did not discover jazz until he was a teenager. At that time, he listened to artists like Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and Steely Dan.

Catching Tales


Jamie Cullum started playing guitar and piano at age 8 and became a passionate jazz lover when he got older. Inspired by such legend pianists as Oscar Peterson and Dave Brubeck, he spent some of his formative years living in Paris and perfecting his skills by performing in jazz clubs. As a college student, he worked as a singer-pianist on cruise ships, worked in clubs and played at wedding receptions.

With the release of Jamie Cullum Trio-Heard it All Before, in 1999, Cullum professionally launched his career as a recording artist. The album was a surprise hit and led to his contract with jazz bassist Geoff Gascoyne, who invited Cullum to perform on his album Songs of the Summer. Thanks to the encouragement of Gascoyne, Cullum eventually recorded his sophomore album, Pointless Nostalgic, which was released in 2002 to commercial success. The album aroused curiosity from Melvyn Bragg and TV and radio personality Michael Parkinson.

After two successful records, Cullum finally signed with Universal in April 2003, and in October, released his major label debut, Twentysomething. Produced by Stewart Levine, the album received platinum certification after six weeks, making the record the fastest-selling jazz debut in UK history. The success subsequently established Cullum as a rising star. Twentysomething spawned three hits with the singles “All At Sea,” “These Are the Days” and “Everlasting Love.” He recalled, “When Twentysomething became a hit, everyone found that it was time 'to catch up.’ Old teachers, great-aunts, cousins related by marriage, 'friends' from the past...”

Catching Tales, Cullum's next major label album, was released in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands on September 26, 2005, and in the United States two weeks later on October 11. It consisted of singles like “Get Your Way” (2005), “Mind Trick” (2005), and the self-written “Photograph” (2006). From the end of October 2005 to December 2006, Cullum conducted a worldwide tour to promote his album. He greeted his fans in countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, South America, Portugal, Brazil, and others. He returned to America no less than four times a year to tour extensively across the USA.

A noted jazz artist, Cullum has performed at numerous large music festivals. He performed at the 2004 Glastonbury Festival, Coachella 2005, 2006 South by Southwest, and the Playboy Jazz Festival in 2006. In April 2006, he had his biggest ever crowd on Queensday in The Netherlands. He offered a 45 minute brilliant performance in front of 180,000 viewers who crowded around the huge stage in Amsterdam, at Museum Square. He wore a shirt from the Dutch Artist Anouk and orange Converse shoes as a tribute to The Netherlands. During many of his concerts, he could be seen playing his own songs, in addition to covering work from other artists like White Stripes, Kayne West, Justin Timberlake, the Pussycat Dolls, Massive Attack, Gnarls Barkley, John Legend, Joy Division, and Elton John.

Cullum will be spending most of 2007 writing new music, joining forces with various musicians, producing a new album and enjoying some deserved time off, at home. He also plans to work with his brother for another musical project to be released early next year.


  • BBC Jazz: Artist Of The Year, 2005

  • British Jazz: Rising Star, 2003

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