James Blunt © KLRU photo by Scott Newton

James Blunt

PHOTOS

Former British Army Captain James Blunt has enamored the world with his compelling songs and captivating voice. With numerous best new artist awards, Blunt is leading the new U.S. invasion of British singer/songwriters. His song “You’re Beautiful” was No. 1 in the U.K. and U.S., making him the first British artist to top the U.S. charts since Elton John did so in 1997.

This relatively quick journey to the top has its roots in Austin. After a performance at 2003’s South by Southwest conference, Blunt signed with Linda Perry’s Custard Record label and began work on his debut album. Back to Bedlam charts a journey through life’s experiences, relationships, hardships and aspirations.

“The core element running through my songs is the lonely path one walks through life, the connections you make, and the thoughts that you don’t generally share with people,” Blunt said. “My songs are about life experiences that anyone can identify with. It’s just about being a human being. And people seem to be connecting with that.”

Fans and critics are certainly finding the connection. Time Out called Back to Bedlam “a work of tender, intimate songcraft” and the Sunday Times wrote that it is “a compulsive, gorgeous slow-burner, packed with solid hooks and love songs with a twist, all delivered in the voice of a fallen angel.”

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