James Newman (musician)

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James Newman
Birth nameJames Richard Newman[1]
Born (1985-10-19) 19 October 1985 (age 35)
OriginSettle, North Yorkshire, England
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active2013–present
LabelsBMG
Associated actsJohn Newman, Armin van Buuren, Matoma, Rudimental

James Richard Newman is an English singer-songwriter based in London. At the 2014 Brit Awards, Newman won the Brit Award for British Single of the Year as a co-writer of "Waiting All Night", a song by English drum and bass band Rudimental.[2] Newman was chosen to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song, "My Last Breath" before its cancellation.[3] Newman will instead represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song "Embers".[4]

Career[edit]

As a child, Newman became interested in music, and he wrote and produced songs with his younger brother John Newman. In his 20s, he established himself as a songwriter in London, and in 2013 he co-wrote Rudimental and Ella Eyre's hit "Waiting All Night".[2] The song topped the UK Singles Chart. Newman won the "Brit Award for British Single of the Year" during the 2014 Brit Awards for co-writing "Waiting All Night" with Jonny Harris.[2]

Later, James co-wrote with his brother John Newman and with Calvin Harris the latter's song "Blame", featuring vocals by John. The song, an international hit, topped the UK singles chart, in addition to peaking in Scotland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Mexico. It reached number 19 on Billboard Hot 100 and topped the US Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

Newman was also a co-composer of a number of songs including "Let 'Em Talk" on Kesha's 2017 album Rainbow, and "Coping" for Toni Braxton on her 2018 album Sex & Cigarettes.

Newman was a featured vocalist on several songs including the 2018 hit "Therapy" by Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren. The song charted in the Netherlands, Belgium and on the US Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart. The same year he was featured on the song "Lights Go Down", a song by the Norwegian music producer and DJ Matoma in his album One in a Million. In 2019, he was featured on the Armin van Buuren song "High on Your Love".

2020–2021: Eurovision Song Contest and The Things We Do[edit]

On 27 February 2020, the BBC announced that Newman would represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He was set to participate with the song "My Last Breath", which Newman co-wrote with Adam Argyle, Ed Drewett and Iain James. However, the 2020 event was later canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.

On 17 July 2020, Newman released his debut EP called The Things We Do, which includes the singles "My Last Breath", "Enough" and "Better Man".

It was announced on the 19 February 2021 that Newman will represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, instead of the 2020 edition. As one of the Big Five countries in the competition, the UK will directly qualify for the final on Saturday 22 May 2021. In an interview on Newsbeat, Newman stated: "I feel like everyone wants a party and to have some fun so when I was writing, that's what I had in my head. I wanted something people can dance to, even if it's just in their kitchen".[5] The song "Embers" was released on 11 March 2021.[6]

Personal life[edit]

James Newman was born in Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. When Newman was six years old, his father left the family, leaving the mother Jackie, to take care of James and his younger brother John all by herself, working as a receptionist.[7] John later became a well-known singer, songwriter, musician and record producer.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
The Things We Do
  • Released: 17 July 2020
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
Down.

[8]
SCO
[9]
"If You're Not Going to Love Me"
(vs DC Breaks)
2016 Non-album single
"My Last Breath" 2020 23 23 The Things We Do
"Enough"
"Better Man"
"Alone"
"Embers" 2021 43 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BEL
(Wa)
Tip

[10]
NL
40

[11]
NL
100

[12]
US
Dance
Air.

"Coming Home"
(Arno Cost featuring James Newman)
2015 Non-album singles
"Daylight to Midnight"
(Night Safari featuring James Newman)
"Head Up"
(Don Diablo featuring James Newman)
2018 Future
"Therapy"
(Armin van Buuren featuring James Newman)
37 4 26 15 Balance
"Lights Go Down"
(Matoma featuring James Newman)
One in a Million
"High on Your Love"
(Armin van Buuren featuring James Newman)
2019 Balance
"Slow Lane"
(Armin van Buuren featuring James Newman)
2020 Euthymia
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

Songwriting credits[edit]

  indicated a background vocals contribution.   indicates a featured artist contribution.

Year Artist Album Song Co-written with
2013 Rudimental Home "Waiting All Night"
(featuring Ella Eyre)
Amir Izadkhah, Piers Aggett, Kesi Dryden, Johnny Harris
2014 Calvin Harris Motion "Blame"
(featuring John Newman)
Adam Wiles, John Newman
Gorgon City Sirens "Try Me Out"
(featuring Anne-Marie)
Kye Gibbon, Matthew Robson-Scott, Jonny Coffer, Anne-Marie Nicholson
Union J You Got It All - The Album "Get It Right" George Shelley, Timothy Powell, Mary Leay
2015 Arno Cost Non-album single "Coming Home"
(featuring James Newman)
Vadim Constantin, Katherine Syren-Russell, Johnny Harris
Jess Glynne I Cry When I Laugh "It Ain't Right" Jessica Glynne, Finlay Dow-Smith
"No Rights, No Wrongs" Jessica Glynne, Janee Bennett, Andrew Knox Brown, Jonny Coffer, Finlay Dow-Smith
Little Mix Get Weird "Love Me Like You" Camille Purcell, Steve McCutcheon, Iain Farquarson
Rudimental We the Generation "Lay It All on Me"
(featuring Ed Sheeran)
Amir Izadkhah, Piers Aggett, Kesi Dryden, Leon Rolle, Johnny Harris, Adam Eaglefield, Jacob Manson, Edward Sheeran, Gavin Slater, Lasse Peterson, Maxwell McElligott, James Luke Wood
"Too Cool"
(featuring Ella Eyre)
Amir Izadkhah, Piers Aggett, Kesi Dryden, Leon Rolle, Ella McMahon, Johnny Harris
"All That Love"
(featuring Anne-Marie)
Amir Izadkhah, Piers Aggett, Kesi Dryden, Leon Rolle, Johnny Harris, Wayne Hector, Julie Frost, Nicholas Gale
Foxes All I Need "Amazing" Louisa Rose Allen, Martin Brammer, Jonny Lattimer
2016 Diztortion Non-album single "I'll Be There" Raoul Chen, Eyelar Mirzazadeh
Netsky III "High Alert"
(featuring Sara Hartman)
Boris Daenan, Johnny Harris, Daniel Watts
Matoma Hakuna Matoma /
One in a Million
"False Alarm"
(with Becky Hill)
Thomas Lagergren, Rebecca Hill, Kara DioGuardi, Daniel Heløy Davidsen, Peter Wallevik, Mich Hansen
Havana Brown Non-album single "Like Lightning"
(featuring Dawin)
Angelique Meunier, Kesha Sebert, Stuart Crichton, Dawin Polanco
Kaiser Chiefs Stay Together "Why Do You Do It to Me?" Charles Wilson, Andrew White, Simon Rix, Nicholas Baines, Vijay Mistry, Brian Higgins, Toby Scott, Nicholas Coler
Olly Murs 24 Hrs "Read My Mind" Oliver Murs, Steve Robson, Edward Drewett
2017 Digital Farm Animals Non-album single "Digital Love"
(featuring Hailee Steinfeld)
Nicholas Gale, Daniel Heløy Davidsen, Peter Wallevik, Mich Hansen, Daniel Stein, Willem van Hanegem, Ward van der Harst
Brendan Murray "Dying to Try"[13] Jörgen Elofsson
Kesha Rainbow "Let Em Talk" (featuring Eagles of Death Metal) Kesha Sebert, Stuart Crichton
Daya TBA "New" Grace Tandon, Brett McLaughlin, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermansen, Nolan Lambroza
Jessie Ware Glasshouse "First Time" Jessica Ware, Finlay Dow-Smith
Guy Sebastian Conscious "Keep Me Coming Back" Guy Sebastian, Emma Walker, Lionel Towers
Alexandru Non-album single "Sellotape" Jack Walton, Fiona Bevan, Maegan Cottone
2018 Don Diablo Future "Head Up"
(featuring James Newman)
Don Schipper, Richard Boardman, Pablo Bowman
John Newman Non-album single "Fire in Me" John Newman, Philip Plested, David "Dehiro" Mørup
Toni Braxton Sex & Cigarettes "Coping" Toni Braxton, David Gibson, Stuart Crichton
The Shires Accidentally on Purpose "Stay the Night" Edward Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, John Newman
Armin van Buuren Balance "Therapy"
(featuring James Newman)
Armin van Buuren, Benno de Goeij, Michael Busbee
Dan Caplen TBA "Trouble"
(featuring Ms Banks)
Daniel Caplen, Sophie Cooke, Frederik Eichen
Jess Glynne Always in Between "All I Am" Jessica Glynne, Janee Bennett, Sophie Cooke, Bastian Langebaek, Sandy Rivera, Jay "Sinister" Sealee
Matoma One in a Million "Lights Go Down"
(featuring James Newman)
Thomas Lagergren, Matthew Simons, Tushar Apte, Hanni Ibrahim, Patrick Patrikios
Sigala Brighter Days "All for Love"
(featuring Kodaline)
Bruce Fielder, Steven Garrigan, Moon Willis
Jess Glynne Always in Between "1, 2, 3" Jessica Glynne, Janee Bennett, Jordan Thomas, Jonathan Mensah
Olly Murs You Know I Know "Footsteps" Oliver Murs, Thomas Barnes, Peter Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn
Zayn Icarus Falls "Talk to Me" Zayn Malik, Alexander Oriet, David Phelan, Fredrick Wexler
2019 Lost Kings Paper Crowns EP "Don't Kill My High"
(featuring Wiz Khalifa and Social House)
Nicholas Schanholz, Robert Abisi, John Ryan II, Ruth-Anne Cunningham, Ian Franzino, Andrew Haas, Sabrina Bernstein, Ilsey Juber, Alexander Izquerdio, Marcus Lomax, Cameron Thomaz, Michael Foster, Charles Anderson
Backstreet Boys DNA "Chateau" Cole Citrenbaum, Stephen Wrabel, Stuart Crichton, Michael Pollack
"OK" Stuart Crichton, Jason Dean, Joseph Kirland
Stephen Puth TBA "Half Gone" Stephen Puth, Ian Franzino, Andrew Haas
Louis Tomlinson Walls "Don't Let It Break Your Heart" Louis Tomlinson, Stuart Crichton, Cole Citrenbaum, Wrabel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "James Newman (4)". Discogs.
  2. ^ a b c "LA trip for surprise Brit Award winner James Newman". Craven Herald.
  3. ^ "James Newman to represent United Kingdom in Eurovision 2020". BBC News. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Eurovision 2021: James Newman reveals Embers as UK song". BBC News. 11 March 2021. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2021: James Newman reselected as UK's entry". BBC News. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Eurovision 2021: James Newman will return to represent the UK". Attitude.co.uk. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  7. ^ The Guardian: John Newman interview: 'There are too many celebrities and not enough artists'
  8. ^ Peak positions for singles on the UK Downloads Chart:
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Discographie James Newman". ultratop.be/fr. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  11. ^ "James Newman | Top 40-artiesten". top40.nl. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Discografie James Newman". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  13. ^ "RTÉ hopes to hit right Eurovision note with 'Dying To Try'". The Irish Times.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Michael Rice with "Bigger Than Us"
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
2020 (cancelled)
2021
Succeeded by
TBA