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)
Website www.jamesvmcmorrow.com

James Vincent McMorrow is an Irish singer and songwriter. His parents come 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][2] He made his UK television debut on BBC Two's Later... with Jools Holland on 27 May 2011.[3] He played with Lisa Hannigan on 8 December 2011 at Dublin's Button Factory for the Choice Music Prize event.[4]

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.[5]

In 2015, he composed a film score for the short "Martha" by Director Sam Benenati. The film was part of the series Campaign4Change "Mix-Up Tradition" launched by Ray Ban with the idea of sponsoring emerging new Directors and Composers letting them work together as a creative team. In the short movie we see an old woman (Jenny O'Hara, the well known actress of "Mystic River" and "Matchstick Men", starring grandmother Martha) and her grandson Scott (Matty Cardarople, "Jurassic World" and "Dumb and Dumber To") meet for the first time in their life for real, in an unconventional, spontaneous, emotional way. Martha can express her sorrow and loneliness after the death of her husband (Scott's grandfather) and the young man can talk about his first sentimental experiences. Producers Filippo Nesci and Nima Shoghi worked together to make it happen on a tremendously tight schedule. The results are visible on Vimeo, where all credits are listed too.

He is left-handed but plays guitar right-handed.

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.[6]


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
68 143 87 22 68 27
Post Tropical
  • Released: 10 January 2014 (IRE)
    13 January 2014 (UK/US)
28 77 122 2 21

Extended plays[edit]

  • The Sparrow and the Wolf (2008)
  • Self Titled EP (United States only)[1]


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2011 "Higher Love" 21 We Don't Eat - EP
2014 "Cavalier" 81 Post Tropical


  1. ^ a b "Discography | James Vincent McMorrow". Jamesvmcmorrow.com. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  2. ^ "James Vincent McMorrow ‘Early In The Morning’ Album Review". Indie Rock Reviews. 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  3. ^ "Two Programmes - Later... with Jools Holland, Series 38, Episode 8". BBC. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  4. ^ "Meteor Choice Music Prize". Meteor. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  5. ^ https://www.newstalk.ie/Irish-singer-James-Vincent-McMorrow-chosen-for-tearjerking-Christmas-ad
  6. ^ "James Vincent McMorrow wins ebba 2012", imro.ie. October 7, 2011
  7. ^ a b "UK Charts > James Vincent McMorrow". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. 
  8. ^ "Belgian (Flanders) Charts > James Vincent McMorrow" (in Dutch). ultratop.be/nl/ Hung Medien. 
  9. ^ a b "French Charts > James Vincent McMorrow" (in French). lescharts.com/ Hung Medien. 
  10. ^ "Irish Charts > James Vincent McMorrow". irish-charts.com/ Hung Medien. 
  11. ^ "Dutch Charts > James Vincent McMorrow". dutchcharts.nl/ Hung Medien. 
  12. ^ "Norwegian Charts > James Vincent McMorrow" (in Norwegian). norwegiancharts.com/ Hung Medien. 

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