Justin Currie

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Justin Currie
Birth nameJustin Robert Currie
Born (1964-12-11) 11 December 1964 (age 54)
OriginGlasgow, Scotland
GenresPop rock, power pop, alternative rock, folk rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, piano
Years active1983–present
Associated actsDel Amitri, The Uncle Devil Show, Blazin' Fiddles, The Supernaturals
WebsiteJustinCurrie.com

Justin Robert Currie (born 11 December 1964) is a Scottish singer and songwriter best known as a founding member of the band Del Amitri.

Career[edit]

Del Amitri[edit]

Justin Currie photographed by Alan Dimmick in 1984.

Justin Currie was born in Glasgow and established the band Del Amitri in the early 1980s[1] after putting up a sign in a music shop asking for other people who could play instruments to get in contact with him.[2] As well as being the lead singer and chief songwriter of the band, Currie also plays bass with them.[3] Between 1985 and 2002, the band released six studio albums. Their 1995 single "Roll to Me" reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] Five Del Amitri albums have reached the Top 10 in the UK.[4] Globally, Del Amitri have sold six million albums.[5]

Currie performing at a Del Amitri concert at Vicar Street, Dublin, in January 2014.

Solo career[edit]

In addition to his career with Del Amitri, Currie is also a solo artist. In 2006 he was a special guest on Tom McRae's Hotel Cafe Tour. In 2005 he wrote and recorded an album with the working title 'Rebound'. It was subsequently re-titled What Is Love For and released on Rykodisc on 8 October 2007. A single/EP from the album, "No, Surrender", was released on 24 March 2008.[citation needed]

Currie's second album The Great War was released on 3 May 2010, a single titled "A Man with Nothing to Do" was released 26 April 2010.[6]

A third solo album, titled Lower Reaches, recorded in Texas, and was released on 19 August 2013.[7] It is preceded by a free download of the track "Little Stars", plus a track released to radio in July 2013, "Bend To My Will". The album reached number 46 in the UK Albums Chart.[citation needed]

Solo discography[edit]

Family and personal life[edit]

Currie is the son of John Currie, who was chorusmaster for the Scottish National Orchestra Chorus from 1965 to 1984 and music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale from 1986 to 1991.[citation needed] His cousin is Nick Currie, the singer-songwriter known as "Momus".[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCormack, Kirsty (24 January 2014). "'We're so nervous' Del Amitri's Justin Currie on being unsure about the band's comeback". Express.co.uk.
  2. ^ a b McLaughlin, Chloe (3 July 2018). "Exclusive interview with Justin Currie of Del Amitri » Northern Life".
  3. ^ "Story of Del Amitri to be told in new book". www.scotsman.com.
  4. ^ Dingwall, John (26 May 2018). "Scottish rockers Del Amitri to return with song about Princess Diana's death". dailyrecord.
  5. ^ English, Paul (12 January 2014). "Del Amitri: We'll play our hometown for first time in 12 years but it's not a reunion.. we never split up". dailyrecord.
  6. ^ "Justin Currie". Rykopress. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  7. ^ Hutchinson, Andrew (14 February 2013). "Music interview: Justin Currie". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "JUSTIN CURRIE - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com.
  9. ^ "All I want for Christmas is six Momus albums, says Andrew Eaton". www.scotsman.com.

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