James Allan (musician)

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James Allan
James Allan Glasvegas.jpg
Background information
Birth name James Allan
Born (1979-09-21) 21 September 1979 (age 35)
Origin Dalmarnock, Scotland
Genres Indie rock[1]
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2003 – present
Labels Columbia
Associated acts Glasvegas

James Allan (born 21 September 1979) is the lead singer and guitarist of the Scottish rock band Glasvegas, and a former footballer.

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Dalmarnock, Glasgow, he attended the city's St Mungo's Academy.[2] Allan is a lifelong supporter of Celtic.[3]

Allan's cousin is Glasvegas bandmate/guitarist Rab Allan. His sister Denise is the band's co-manager.[4]

Football career[edit]

Allan played as a winger for Cowdenbeath, East Fife, Queen's Park, Gretna, Stirling Albion and Dumbarton, making 105 appearances in the Scottish Football League.[5] He was part of the Cowdenbeath squad that won promotion as runners up in the 2000–01 Scottish Third Division.

Music career[edit]

During his football career, Allan decided to write songs and form a band.[6][7] After touring Scotland for several years Glasvegas released four singles, before eventually being signed to Columbia. His songs deal with social issues such as absentee fathers ("Daddy's Gone"), murder ("Flowers & Football Tops") and the challenges of social work ("Geraldine").[8]

On 8 September 2009, bandmates Rab Allan and Paul Donoghue announced that James Allan had been missing since the previous Friday, which resulted in a no-show at the Mercury Prize awards ceremony.[9] However he made a call to the band's manager on 9 September 2009 that he was safe and well in New York,[10] where Glasvegas were about to embark upon a US tour supporting Kings of Leon. It is thought that the lack of communication sourced from Allan being without a mobile phone for six months, according to bandmates.[11]

Allan cites Elvis Presley and Phil Spector as his main influences.[12] He also says Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen is one of his inspirations.[13]