Monday, September 02, 2013
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jamie Cullum
Song:I Could Have Danced All Night
Jamie Cullum is a jazz singer who has had pop crossover success mostly in his native England. The 2004 CD Twentysomething is probably his most popular CD to date. He rankles jazz traditionalists because he aims his music at a young female audience. He was born Aug. 20, 1979 in Rochford, Essex, England. He studied English Literature at the University of Reading. After releasing a couple of CDs independently, he signed with Universal. Twentysomething was his first major label release in 2004. It was released here on Verve Records and was produced by veteran producer Stewart Levine (The Crusaders). It reached #3 on the UK Album chart and was certified 3XPlatinum. It did well in the US for a jazz album. Though Cullum writes songs, he seems to prefer modernizing classics like I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady. Unlike a lot of jazz musicians, he likes to jump around on stage and as you will see in the video clip, there are a lot of young females in the audience. They think he's hot. What do I know? Sorry, girls. He married food critic and former model Sophie Dahl in 2010. They have two daughters. As I said, Cullum's mix of jazz and pop is not intended to appeal to jazz purists. It's supposed to get pop music fans, especially female, into jazz. Cullum's latest CD Momentum was released May 2013 and he hosts a weekly jazz show on BBC Radio 2. He is currently touring Europe. Here's Jamie Cullum performing I Could Have Danced All Night from the 2004 DVD Live At Blenheim Palace.