Jamie Lawson (musician)

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Jamie Lawson
Lawson onstage with a guitar
Lawson performing in Sheffield in 2015
Background information
Born (1975-12-01) 1 December 1975 (age 44)
OriginSt Budeaux, Plymouth, England
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active2000–present
  • Lookout Mountain
  • Allotment Recordings
  • Gingerbread Man

Jamie Lawson (born 1 December 1975) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born and raised in St Budeaux, Plymouth, England.[1] He was the first artist to be signed by Ed Sheeran's new record label, Gingerbread Man Records.[2] Lawson is best known for his hit single, "Wasn't Expecting That", and his self-titled album which peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart in 2015.[3]

Lawson released two studio albums, Last Night Stars and The Pull of the Moon, before the release of his single, "Wasn't Expecting That", in Ireland in 2011, however his success did not go beyond Ireland.[4] Lawson's popularity abroad began in 2015, when he was signed to Gingerbread Man Records and re-released his single, "Wasn't Expecting That".

Jamie Lawson was born in St Budeaux, an area in the north west of Plymouth.[5] He attended Barne Barton Primary School and later studied at Tamarside Community College. After school Jamie studied at Plymouth College of Art & Design and completed a ND Foundation Course in Art and Design.

Lawson first picked up a guitar at the age of 8 as a Christmas present. He wrote his first song at 15.[6] His music career began in a cover band when he was in high school. From the age of 17, Lawson began performing in pubs and bars around UK and Ireland.[1]



Lawson released his first demos to the mp3.com platform. His song, "Fussy", got international playtime when it was included into the playlist on the college radio station, KLSU, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The first spin of this song was in January 2001 on The Little Lighthouse radio show at KLSU. Lawson played frequent shows at the 12 Bar Club in London. Lawson also played in the alternative rock band, Haiku, with Russell Cleave. Cleave went on to play drums on songs recorded for Lawson's debut album.

2006–10: Last Night Stars and The Pull of the Moon[edit]

In 2006, he released his debut studio album, Last Night Stars, through Allotment Recordings; the indie record label Lawson set up with Simon Allen and Tom Clues.[7] On 20 June 2010, he released his second studio album, The Pull of the Moon, through Lookout Mountain.[8] The album peaked to number 70 on the Irish Albums Chart. In 2015 the album peaked to number 9 in New Zealand.

2011: Wasn't Expecting That[edit]

The single, "Wasn't Expecting That", was first released on YouTube on 3 January 2011. The single soon became hugely popular after it was played on one of Ireland's biggest radio stations, Today FM's Breakfast Show.[9] On 11 March 2011, he released the single in Ireland, through Universal Music Ireland as the lead single from his third studio album.[10] The song peaked at number 3 on the Irish Singles Chart. On 1 April 2011, he released his third studio album Wasn't Expecting That in Ireland, through Lookout Mountain.[11] The album peaked at number 11 on the Irish Albums Chart. On 30 September 2011, he released the single, "Lucy Rocks", as the second single from the album.[12]

2015–2016: Jamie Lawson[edit]

In March 2015, Ed Sheeran revealed Lawson will be the first artist to be signed to his new label, Gingerbread Man Records.[13] On 3 April 2015, Lawson re-released the single "Wasn't Expecting That".[14] The single has peaked to number 3 in Australia and number 7 in New Zealand. On 21 May, it was confirmed that Lawson is the first artist to be signed by Sheeran's newly formed label.[15] The single hit the number 6 chart position in the UK on 8 October 2015 and was certified silver on 20 November 2015 by the British Phonographic Industry.[16] Later in 2016 Jamie Lawson won the prestigious Ivor Novello award for 'Best Song Musically and Lyrically', beating his mentor and friend Ed Sheeran to the highly prized Ivor Novello award.

Lawson's self-titled album, Jamie Lawson, was released worldwide on 16 October 2015, under Gingerbread Man Records.[17] The album features "Wasn't Expecting That" as the lead single, along with "Ahead of Myself" and "Cold in Ohio" as the second and third single of the album. The album was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry, denoting shipments of 100,000 copies.[16]

Lawson supported Sheeran on the leg of his X Tour in March and April 2015. He also supported One Direction on their 2015 On the Road Again Tour in the UK and Ireland.[18] Lawson made his first US television appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on 10 November 2015.[19]

In August 2016, Lawson made a guest appearance in the Australian soap Neighbours, singing Wasn't Expecting That.[20]

In November 2016 Lawson revealed through his social media accounts that he had spent 12 days at the Sunset Sounds recording studio in California recording 15 songs for his next album.[21] He also later revealed during a Facebook Q&A that the album was intended for release before the UK Summer (March 2017).[22]

2017: Happy Accidents[edit]

In August 2017, Lawson released a video of him chatting with Ed Sheeran, announcing his new single 'Can't See Straight' from his forthcoming album Happy Accidents (released 29 September).[23]



Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
Last Night Stars
  • Released: 22 May 2003
  • Label: Allotment Recordings (ALLOT005)
  • Format: CD · Digital download
The Pull of the Moon
  • Released: 20 June 2010 (LOOKCD004)
  • Label: Lookout Mountain
  • Format: CD · LP · Digital download
70 9
Wasn't Expecting That (re-release of The Pull of the Moon)
  • Released: 1 April 2011
  • Label: Universal Music Ireland, Lookout Mountain (2768690)
  • Format: CD · Digital download
Jamie Lawson 1 4 5 3 87
Happy Accidents
  • Released: 29 September 2017
  • Label: Gingerbread Man, Warner Music
  • Format: CD · LP · Digital download
23 [A]
The Years in Between
  • Released: 29 March 2019[30]
  • Label: Gingerbread Man
  • Format: CD · LP · Digital download · Streaming
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
The Small Wish
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Allotment Recordings
  • Format: CD
The Kitchen Songs
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Allotment Recordings
  • Format: CD
Real Thing
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Allotment Recordings
  • Format: CD
Between Each Breath
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Operator
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Heal a Bone" 2003 Late Night Stars
"It's Over"
"The Last Time" 2010 Pull of the Moon
"But Love Me" / "Oh, What a Foolish Me"
"Wasn't Expecting That" 2011 3 Wasn't Expecting That
"Lucy Rocks"
"Wasn't Expecting That"[B] 2015 6 3 21 7 Jamie Lawson
"Ahead of Myself" 59
"Cold in Ohio"
"Don't Let Me Let You Go" 2016
"Someone for Everyone"
"Can't See Straight" 2017 Happy Accidents
"A Little Mercy"
"Footprints in the Snow" N/A
"Testify" 2018 N/A
"The Answer" 2019 The Years in Between
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Opening act[33]



  1. ^ Happy Accidents did not enter the NZ Top 40 Albums Chart, but peaked at number four on the NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart.[29]
  2. ^ The song was re-released on 3 April 2015 as the lead single from his fourth studio album Jamie Lawson.


  1. ^ a b Jon O'Brien (2015). "Artist Biography- Jamie Lawson". Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  2. ^ Jonathon Moran (15 April 2015). "Jamie Lawson a mystery despite big hit and spot on Ed Sheeran's label – oh, and he's not Irish". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Plymouth star Jamie Lawson 'can't believe it' after scoring Number 1 album". Plymouth Herald. 24 October 2015. Archived from the original on 21 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  4. ^ Louis Corner (22 October 2015). "Jamie Lawson never considered X Factor audition: "I don't think it's a good thing"". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Plymouth singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson is topping the charts in Ireland". Western Morning News. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  6. ^ Jamie Lawson (11 March 2011). Jamie Lawson 'Wasn't Expecting That' Interview, Set Theatre, Kilkenny, 3rd March 2011. Ireland: Vuvie Media.
  7. ^ "Last Night Stars". iTunes.
  8. ^ "The Pull of the Moon". iTunes.
  9. ^ "Jamie Lawson on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show". YouTube. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Wasn't Expecting That - Single". iTunes.
  11. ^ "Wasn't Expecting That". iTunes.
  12. ^ "Lucy Rocks (Radio Mix) - Single". iTunes.
  13. ^ "Ed Sheeran announces new record label 'Gingerbread'". NME. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Wasn't Expecting That - Single". iTunes.
  15. ^ Gingerbread Man Records/Elektra (17 July 2015). "Ed Sheeran Welcomes Jamie Lawson to New Label". Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  16. ^ a b c d "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original (To access, enter the search parameter "Jamie Lawson" and select "Search by Keyword") on 6 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  17. ^ Jason Lipshutz (8 October 2015). "Ed Sheeran's First Label Signee Jamie Lawson on His 'Very Wise' Boss and Why He Can't 'Party as Hard'". Billboard. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  18. ^ Carl Smith (24 March 2015). "Introducing: ed sheeran's new gingerbread record label signing jamie lawson". www.sugarscape.com. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  19. ^ Geoffrey Rowlands (2 November 2015). "At 39, Jamie Lawson finally gets his due". Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Neighbours proposal sees Jamie Lawson guest star". Digital Spy. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  21. ^ "12 days, 15 songs. Huge thanks to these..." Facebook. jamie lawson. 20 November 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Any questions? I'll try an answer as many..." Facebook. jamie lawson. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  23. ^ Magnetti, Kiera (4 August 2017). "Jamie Lawson announces new album & chats with Ed Sheeran | Music | News | Hot Press". Hot Press - Music News, Reviews, Interviews plus Pop Culture and Politics. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  24. ^ a b "JAMIE LAWSON". Officialcharts.com/. Official Charts Company.
  25. ^ a b Peak positions in Australia:
  26. ^ a b "Discography Jamie Lawson". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  27. ^ a b "Discography Jamie Lawson". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  28. ^ "JAMIE LAWSON LP CONFIRMED". www.auspop.com.au. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  29. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  30. ^ "The Years In Between by Jamie Lawson on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  31. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2015 Singles". 21 November 2015.
  32. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Jamie Lawson – Wasn't Expecting That". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  33. ^ a b Jamie Lawson: Man of lucky breaks Holly Rubenstein, BBC, 14 October 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016
  34. ^ Ed Sheeran's First Label Signee Jamie Lawson... Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 8 October 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016
  35. ^ Jamie Lawson announced to open for One Direction on UK and Ireland Aoife Kelly, Independent, 21 September 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016
  36. ^ "Ed Sheeran announces Jamie Lawson will be opening support". www.eventtravel.com. Retrieved 15 June 2018.

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