James Newman (musician)

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James Newman
Birth nameJames Richard Newman[1]
Born (1985-10-19) 19 October 1985 (age 34)
OriginSettle, North Yorkshire, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
Years active2013–present
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]


As a child, Newman became interested in music, and he wrote and produced songs with his younger brother John. 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, a huge international hit, has 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, Belfium 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".

On 27 February 2020, the BBC announced that Newman would represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He was to participate with the song "My Last Breath" which Newman co-wrote with Adam Argyle, Ed Drewett and Iain James. As one of the five major countries in the competition, the UK directly qualified for the final on Saturday 16 May 2020. The co-writer of "My Last Breath", Iain James, had previously worked on Azerbaijan's winning song for Eurovision Song Contest 2011 titled "Running Scared" sung by Ell & Nikki.

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.[4]

John later became a well-known singer, songwriter, musician and record producer[5] best known for the track "Love Me Again" a 2013 number one hit on the UK Singles Chart, as well as for co-writing and singing on Rudimental's 2012 singles "Feel the Love", another number one hit and "Not Giving In" and for being featured in the Calvin Harris single "Blame" which also topped the UK charts.



As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"If You're Not Going to Love Me"
(vs DC Breaks)
2016 Tip Non-album single
"My Last Breath" 2020 34 32 Non-album single

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

Top 40

Top 100

Show Airplay)

"Coming Home"
(Arno Cost featuring James Newman)
2015 Non-album single
"Daylight to Midnight"
(Night Safari featuring James Newman)
"Head Up"
(Don Diablo featuring James Newman)
2018 Future
(Armin van Buuren featuring James Newman)
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
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

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 Constentin, 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"[9] 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


  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. ^ The Guardian: John Newman interview: 'There are too many celebrities and not enough artists'
  5. ^ "International hit-makers coming to work with Kiwi artists". Scoop News.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Downloads Chart Top 100: 6 March 2020 - 12 March 2020". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart: 6 March 2020 – 12 March 2020". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Discografie James Newman". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  9. ^ "RTÉ hopes to hit right Eurovision note with 'Dying To Try'". The Irish Times.

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Michael Rice with "Bigger Than Us"
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
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