James Vincent McMorrow

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James Vincent McMorrow
James Vincent McMorrow at the SXSW 2011 (d).jpg
McMorrow performing in 2011.
Background information
Birth name James Vincent McMorrow
Origin Dublin, Ireland
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, banjo, drums
Labels Vagrant, Believe Digital, Universal Music Ireland, Dine Alone Records (Canada)
Associated acts Kygo
Website www.jamesvmcmorrow.com

James Vincent McMorrow is an Irish singer and songwriter. He is best known for his albums Early in the Morning and Post Tropical.


McMorrow's parents originated from Malahide, County Dublin.

McMorrow's debut album, Early in the Morning, was released in Ireland in February 2010, and in the United States and Europe in 2011, to widespread acclaim.[1] He made his UK television debut on BBC Two's Later... with Jools Holland on 27 May 2011.[2] He played with Lisa Hannigan on 8 December 2011 at Dublin's Button Factory for the Choice Music Prize event.[3]

In 2014, he released his second album, Post Tropical, which included the song "Glacier". The song was used in the 2014 Spanish Christmas Lottery advertising campaign.[4]

In 2015, he composed a film score for the short, "Martha", directed by Sam Benenati. The film was part of the series Campaign4Change "Mix-Up Tradition" launched by Ray Ban with the idea of sponsoring emerging directors and composers collaborate as a creative team.

In 2016, his cover of the Chris Isaak song "Wicked Game" was used in the first official full-length trailer for the sixth season of the HBO hit series Game of Thrones.

In mid-2016, he was featured on the promotional single "I'm in Love" from Kygo's debut album, Cloud Nine.

McMorrow is left-handed but plays guitar right-handed. This is credited to his guitar teacher Tara Young.

Awards and nominations[edit]

In January 2012, McMorrow received an European Border Breakers Award in recognition of Early In The Morning's success beyond Ireland.[5]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions

Early in the Morning
  • Released: 26 February 2010 (IRE)
    7 March 2011 (UK)
  • Label: Believe Digital
  • Formats: CD, digital download
22 143 87 68 27 68
Post Tropical
  • Released: 10 January 2014 (IRE)
    13 January 2014 (UK/US)
2 25 77 122 21 28

Extended plays[edit]

  • The Sparrow and the Wolf (2008)
  • James Vincent McMorrow[13] (2010, United States only)
  • We Don't Eat (2011)


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2011 "Higher Love" 4 35 21 We Don't Eat - EP
2014 "Cavalier" 66 81 Post Tropical
Featured in
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2016 "I'm in Love"
(Kygo feat. James Vincent McMorrow)
38 9 65 39 99 Kygo album
Cloud Nine


  1. ^ "James Vincent McMorrow 'Early In The Morning' Album Review". Indie Rock Reviews. 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Two Programmes - Later... with Jools Holland, Series 38, Episode 8". BBC. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  3. ^ "Meteor Choice Music Prize". Meteor. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  4. ^ https://www.newstalk.ie/Irish-singer-James-Vincent-McMorrow-chosen-for-tearjerking-Christmas-ad
  5. ^ "James Vincent McMorrow wins ebba 2012", imro.ie. October 7, 2011
  6. ^ a b c "Irish Charts > James Vincent McMorrow". irish-charts.com/ Hung Medien. 
  7. ^ a b "Australian Charts > James Vincent McMorrow". australian-charts.com Hung Medien. 
  8. ^ "Belgian (Flanders) Charts > James Vincent McMorrow" (in Dutch). ultratop.be/nl/ Hung Medien. 
  9. ^ a b c "French Charts > James Vincent McMorrow" (in French). lescharts.com/ Hung Medien. 
  10. ^ "Dutch Charts > James Vincent McMorrow". dutchcharts.nl/ Hung Medien. 
  11. ^ a b "Norwegian Charts > James Vincent McMorrow" (in Norwegian). norwegiancharts.com/ Hung Medien. 
  12. ^ a b c "UK Charts > James Vincent McMorrow". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. 
  13. ^ http://dinealonerecords.com/releases/james-vincent-mcmorrow-ep/
  14. ^ "Austrian Charts > James Vincent McMorrow" (in German). austriancharts.at Hung Medien. 
  15. ^ "Swedish Charts > James Vincent McMorrow". swedishcharts.com Hung Medien. 
  16. ^ "Swiss Charts > James Vincent McMorrow". hitparade.ch Hung Medien. 

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