Phil Jamieson

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Phil Jamieson
Jamieson performing in 2017
Jamieson performing in 2017
Background information
Birth namePhilip William H Jamieson
Also known as2ManyPJs
Born (1977-04-18) 18 April 1977 (age 43)
Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1995–present
Associated actsGrinspoon
The Lost Gospel
The Wrights

Philip "Phil" Jamieson (born 18 April 1977) is an Australian musician from Hornsby, New South Wales. He is a founding member and singer-guitarist for the rock band Grinspoon.

Early life and education[edit]

Philip William H. Jamieson[1] was born on 17 April 1977 in Hornsby, New South Wales, while his parents were on the road.[2] His father was the singer of a Christian rock 'n' roll band, Good Grief, while his mother was a keyboard player in the support act.[2] The pair toured beach missions on a Baptist church initiative on the east coast of the state. In 1983 they moved to Bourke to the Christian community, Cornerstone.[2] Jamieson has three sisters.

In the late 1980s, Jamieson became "quite obsessed" with pop music and the top ten hits on the charts. He admits to being a big fan of Bros and says the band’s When Will I Be Famous? tour was the first concert he ever attended. Jamieson was also a fan of musicians such as Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton, Richard Marx, George Michael and "just anything that was particularly bad".[2]

Jamieson attended Wauchope High School, where he co-acted the lead in the school's 1994 production of Joseph and The Technicolor Dreamcoat, sharing the role with Matthew William Joyce. During his school years, Jamieson started a band with Fiona, titled Dancing with Daisies in a Meadow of Corruption, which won the Hastings Battle of the Bands competition. Jamieson was also the guitarist in Mescaline, singer in Crabapple and drummed in a punk band, Stiffy.

Music career[edit]

Jamieson is best known as the front man of alternative rock band Grinspoon. In July 1995, Jamieson, on lead vocals and guitar, formed the group with Pat Davern on lead guitar, Joe Hansen on bass guitar, and Kristian Hopes on drums.[3][4][5] Their debut gig was at a Lismore hotel, The Gollan.[3] Greg Lawrence of WHAMMO website described Lismore's late 1980s music scene as a "collection of manic and unpredictable bands that played the - even more - unpredictable venues at the time".[6] He opined that it was no surprise that Grinspoon were "a young troop of riff-masters balancing on the thin line between hard and punk rock".[6] He praised the "strengths of the band" including Jamieson's "casual charisma".[6]

In 1995 the group won the inaugural Unearthed talent contest by national youth radio network, Triple J.[3] Their winning track became the band's first single, "Sickfest", which also appeared on their six-track self-titled extended play that year.[3] The single was co-written by Jamieson with Davern – their first effort at song writing together.[1][3][7] Their debut album, Guide to Better Living, was issued in September 1997 with its 16 tracks written by Jamieson, or co-written by Jamieson and Hansen, or Jamieson and Davern.[1][7] It peaked at No. 11 on the ARIA Albums Chart and remained in the top 50 for 36 weeks.[8]

The group followed with six more studio albums, Easy (September 1999), New Detention (June 2002), Thrills, Kills & Sunday Pills (September 2004), Alibis & Other Lies (July 2007), Six to Midnight (September 2009), and Black Rabbits (September 2012).[8] All six peaked in the top 10 with both New Detention and Alibis & Other Lies reaching No. 2.[8] Their highest point on the related ARIA Singles Chart was actually achieved by two of their extended plays, Pushing Buttons (September 1998) and Panic Attack (March 2003) – each peaked at No. 13.[8]

In 2005 Jamieson won Best Male Performer in the second annual Jack Awards,[9] while Grinspoon won their first ARIA Award for Best Rock Album for Thrills, Kills & Sunday Pills.[10] Grinspoon remained together for over 18-years and from December 2013 they have been in an indefinite hiatus. In total the band had received 13 ARIA Award nominations.[11] Jamieson showcased the sounds of Grinspoon to millions of viewers in March 2006, playing live at Melbourne Cricket Ground as part of the closing ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The band also had a track used on the Gran Turismo 3 video game.

In addition to his work with Grinspoon, Jamieson co-wrote tracks for United States group Unwritten Law including "Elva" and "Nick and Phil" on Elva (January 2002) and "She Says" and "Because of You" on Here's to the Mourning (February 2005).[12] Late in 2004 Jamieson was the lead vocalist for "Evie" part three, "I'm Losing You", by super group, The Wrights, which performed a cover version of Stevie Wright's 1974 hit. They issued it as a single which peaked at No. 3 on the ARIA Singles Chart in March the following year. In early 2005 Jamieson performed guest vocals on the track, "Sayonara", for the film Deck Dogz.

In August 2009, Jamieson teamed with Chris Cheney (of The Living End); Josh Pyke; and Tim Rogers (of You Am I) to perform The Beatles' White Album in its entirety in celebration of that album's 40th anniversary.[13][14] They were supported by an ensemble of 17 musicians.[14] In May 2014, Jamieson and Russo performed acoustic shows in Sydney and Melbourne.[15] In July 2014, Jamieson, Cheney, Pyke and Rogers once again performed the White Album on an Australian tour, with a 17-piece orchestra.[16][17]

Jamieson also DJs under the name "2ManyPJs" and supported the Living End in 2012 during the Sydney leg of their 'Retrospective Tour'.[18]

In March 2017 Jamieson starred as St Jimmy in the Australian premiere of the Broadway musical 'American Idiot' in Brisbane. He is due to reprise his role for the national tour of the production in 2018.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

In March 2002, Jamieson met Julie, his partner, at a Grinspoon performance in Brisbane. Julie had been a runway model and appeared in ads and TV commercials—by 2007, the couple had two children,[2][21] and by January 2014, the couple had been married for seven years.[21] As of February 2014, Jamieson resides in Port Macquarie, Australia,[22] is an avid South Sydney Rabbitohs supporter and is the team’s number-two ticket holder.

In February 2007, Jamieson attended the Odyssey House drug detoxification unit in Sydney, Australia, to overcome his addiction to crystal methamphetamine, also known as "ice".[2] Jamieson claimed the information had been leaked to the media a week later by a nurse, and said that he felt "My confidence, or my confidentiality, was completely raped".[23][24] In July 2007, he went public in an interview with Andrew Denton on the TV program Enough Rope, and spoke of stealing from his bandmates to fuel his drug use and becoming estranged from his wife.[25] Jamieson continued his rehabilitation at a private clinic with the support of Julie, his family and band mates.[2][25]

Jamieson and Julie embarked on the 'Rock N Ride' tour in January 2013 for Headspace, the National Youth and Mental Health Foundation.[21][26] Jamieson founded the tour with Adam Zammit, the CEO of the Big Day Out festivals.[21] Together with 10 other Australian musician and media personalities, Jamieson completed a five-day motorbike tour from the Gold Coast Big Day Out to the Adelaide Big Day Out. The tour aimed to engage local communities and raise awareness about youth mental health issues and ice. They repeated the tour in 2014, but rode from the Gold Coast to Melbourne in error.[21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).[27]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2003 "Chemical Heart" – Patrick Davern, Phil Jamieson Song of the Year[28] Nominated
2013 "Passerby" – Davern, Jamieson Rock Work of the Year[29] Nominated

Jack Awards[edit]

The annual Jack Awards ran from 2004 to 2007, they were sponsored by Jack Daniel's, the US-based whiskey company.[30] Jamieson won Best Male Performer in 2005.[9][30]


  1. ^ a b c "ASCAP – ACE Title Search". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved 15 August 2014. Note: requires user to enter details, e.g. click on 'Performers' tab and enter 'Grinspoon', then select a track title.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Denton, Andrew (23 July 2007). "Episode 140 – Phil Jamieson". Enough Rope with Andrew Denton. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e Nimmervoll, Ed. "Grinspoon". Howlspace – The Living History of Our Music. White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd (Ed Nimmervoll). Archived from the original on 27 July 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  4. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "Grinspoon". Australian Rock Database. (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  5. ^ Nimmervoll, Ed. "Grinspoon – Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b c Lawrence, Greg (February 2003). "Grinspoon". WHAMMO Interviews. Worldwide Home of Australasian Music and More Online (WHAMMO). Archived from the original on 5 August 2004. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  7. ^ a b "'Sickfest' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 16 August 2014. Note: User may have to click 'Search again' and provide details at 'Enter a title:' e.g Sickfest; or at 'Performer:' Grinspoon
  8. ^ a b c d Hung, Steffen. "Grinspoon – Guide to Better Living". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  9. ^ a b Lackmann, Monica (aka demonika) (11 May 2005). "The Jack Awards Winners for 2005". FasterLouder. Sound Alliance. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  10. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2005: 19th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Winners By Year - 27th ARIA Awards 2013 – Search Results 'Grinspoon'". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  12. ^ "ASCAP – ACE Title Search". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved 16 August 2014. Note: requires user to enter details, e.g. click on 'Performers' tab and enter 'Unwritten Law', then select a track title e.g. "Elva (It's Alright)".
  13. ^ "Inside This Issue". Triple J Magazine. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (31). July 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  14. ^ a b "White Album Played by Cheney, Rogers, Jamieson and Pyke". Triple J Music News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 13 May 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Unwritten Law's Scott Russo Grinspoon's Phil Jamieson Team Up for Acoustic Shows". 2 April 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  16. ^ "The Beatles The White Album Concert Series Returns in 2014". 30 March 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  17. ^ "The White Album Concert 2014 Tour Chris Cheney Phil Jamisson Tim Rogers Josh Pyke". Triple M. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  18. ^ "The Living End unveil massive list of tour supports". triple j. ABC. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  19. ^ "American Idiot". QPAC. QPAC. January 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  20. ^ "Phil Jamieson To Reprise Role In Touring Version Of American Idiot". theMusic. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  21. ^ a b c d e "Rock N Ride Summer 2014". Big Day Out. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  22. ^ "Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon): 'Talking Smack: Honest Conversations About Drugs'" (Video upload). Andrew McMillen on YouTube. Google Inc. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  23. ^ "Grinspoon frontman 'in rehab for ice addiction'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Associated Press (AAP). Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  24. ^ "Jamieson's addiction hot topic". The Courier-Mail. 12 July 2007. Archived from the original on 15 August 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  25. ^ a b "Grinspoon frontman tells of 'ice' addiction". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 July 2007. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  26. ^ "headspace – Australian's National Youth Mental Health Foundation – Who We Are". headspace. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  27. ^ "Awards APRA | AMCOS". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  28. ^ "Song of the Year - 2003". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  29. ^ "Rock Work of the Year - 2013". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  30. ^ a b "Wolfmother a hit with live fans". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Australian Associated Press (AAP). 15 May 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2014.

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