The Meet & Greet: James Morrison Talks Music and Fatherhood

The Meet & Greet: James Morrison
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Welcome back to the Celebuzz Meet & Greet, where we talk with rising actors, musicians and entertainers before they hit it big. Watch out for these future A-listers!

We here at Celebuzz are suckers for soulful voices. So, when we first heard James Morrison on our stereo, our hearts skipped a beat and we were converted to fans ever since.

James' new album, The Awakening, spent two weeks at the top of the UK charts while his collaboration with Jessie J received over a million views on YouTube just after a week of its release. Did we mention that most of his shows in England and Ireland have already been sold out?

We recently had a quick chat with the British musician about his work and how it has changed since becoming a first-time father.

How did you get your start into music?

I sang at a bar when I was 9 and thought, "I really like this". I was lucky that, years later, I was discovered in an open-mic night and took it from there!

Who were your musical influences growing up?

Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, James Taylor, Jackie Wilson. People with great voices and a good sound! 

Walk us through your song-writing process.

I pick a guitar up, mess around for a few hours until I find something I like, and then start sculpting the song. Sometimes, I get a lyric idea and run with that first.

Has becoming a father changed your song-writing/performing process at all?

Yeah, I just want to write better more meaningful songs that will stay around.

Tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind the name of your new album, The Awakening.

I felt a new sense of life and wanted to have an album title that matches it. I had already written "The Awakening" about my daughter and it just slotted right into place.

Check out James' collaboration with Jessie J below!

What do you want fans to take away from your music?

I want them to feel a relation between what they feel and what I am expressing through music -- to see an honest collection of songs that are different to each other that are relatable.

Who are you dying to collaborate with next?

No one. Collaborations are great but take a lot of work to pull together -- three collaborations are enough for me!

Who is your music guilty pleasure?

I never really feel guilty about listening to music. But sometimes, when I’m driving if I feel stressed out, I put the classical music station on and it makes me feel calm -- and Jedward

If you can only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what will it be?

Whatever album I take would become annoying if that’s all you had to listen to. I’d take a guitar instead and write a new song everyday!

The Awakening is in stores now. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out more of James' work HERE.

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  • notnicolajames

    If you don’t like James Morrison, his new album The Awakening is not the one to change your mind. If you’ve enjoyed his previous albums, like I did, please only listen to the deluxe version of The Awakening. Read on to find out why James’ quiet songs are the best, and what his song “Up” has to do with the anime tv series Ghost in the Shell. James’ new collection of songs is compelling when his voice gets enough room, and the pop/mainstream add-ons and noise are removed. The deluxe album delivers bits of that purity. It includes acoustic versions of songs with just a guitar and his vocals. This allows his voice to keep its “sense of sincerity”, as the BBC writes. The minimalist version of his songs, where his voice carries the song, is wonderful. I went to a concert in Berlin which was amazing, it's absolutely worth it going to a gig. Here's a review that I wrote (hope it's ok to post this link, if not feel free to delete):