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, Alternative
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 (born 14 January, 1983) is an Irish singer and songwriter. He is best known for his albums Early in the Morning and Post Tropical.


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

In July 2016, McMorrow announced his third studio album and released "Rising Water", its lead single. We Move was produced by McMorrow, Nineteen85, Frank Dukes and Two Inch Punch, and was released on 2 September 2016. It marks a shift in McMorrow's style towards more R&B-tinged sounds.

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 22 143 87 68 27 68
Post Tropical
  • Released: 10 January 2014
2 25 77 122 21 28
We Move
  • Released: 2 September 2016
  • Label: Faction Records[13]
1 28 52 105
39 47

Extended plays[edit]

  • The Sparrow and the Wolf (2008)
  • James Vincent McMorrow[15] (2010, United States only)
  • We Don't Eat (2011)


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Higher Love" 2011 4 35 21 We Don't Eat - EP
"Cavalier" 2014 66 81 Post Tropical
"Rising Water" 2016 We Move
"Get Low" 2016 We Move

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"I'm in Love"
(Kygo feat. James Vincent McMorrow)
2016 38 9 65 39 99 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. ^ "We Move by James Vincent McMorrow". iTunes (IE). Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 36, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  15. ^ http://dinealonerecords.com/releases/james-vincent-mcmorrow-ep/
  16. ^ "Austrian Charts > James Vincent McMorrow" (in German). austriancharts.at Hung Medien. 
  17. ^ "Swedish Charts > James Vincent McMorrow". swedishcharts.com Hung Medien. 
  18. ^ "Swiss Charts > James Vincent McMorrow". hitparade.ch Hung Medien. 

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