Jamie N Commons

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Jamie N Commons
Born (1988-{{padleft:10|2|0}-22) 22 October 1988 (age 30)
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Origin New Cross, London, England, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2011–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website www.jamiencommons.com

Jamie N Commons (born 22 October 1988 in Bristol, England)<ref>"Jamie N Commons". BBC Music. BBC. </ref> is a British singer and songwriter, based in New Cross, London.

Early life and education

Jamie N Commons was born in Bristol, England, United Kingdom but was raised, in part, in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. At age 6, Commons' family moved to Chicago, which would lead to his appreciation of American blues, folk, and swamp rock music<ref name="Clover">Clover, Ryan (3 August 2010). "10 Minutes with British Soul Rocket, Jamie N Commons". Swagger New York. </ref> and of artists, notable among which are The Allman Brothers Band.<ref name="Lee">Lee, Andy (1 June 2016). "Jamie N Commons' Blues is the Sound You Need". Provenance Magazine. </ref>

Commons returned to the English West Country at the age of 16.<ref>Leggett, Steve. "Jamie N Commons - Artist Biography". AllMusic. </ref>

Aged 18, Commons relocated to London and commenced reading classical music at Goldsmiths, University of London, alongside contemporaries including James Blake and Katy B.<ref name="Clover"/><ref name="Ferrier">Ferrier, Morwenna (2 October 2011). "One to watch: Jamie N Commons". The Observer. </ref>

Career

His second EP, Rumble and Sway, was released in March 2013 with Interscope, produced by Alex da Kid, who early signed him to his label KIDinaKORNER.

In June 2013, Jamie N Commons opened for Bruce Springsteen in Nijmegen.<ref>Commons, Jamie N (20 March 2013). "Jamie N Commons - Bruce Springsteen Support Announced". Tumblr. </ref><ref>Springsteen, Bruce (23 June 2013). "Notes from the Road: Nijmegen". brucespringsteen.net. </ref>

He is featured on Eminem's eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, in the track "Desperation" which is only included in the deluxe edition bonus disc.

His song with X Ambassadors, "Jungle", is featured in the trailers for Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black, the video game Battlefield Hardline and the film Pitch Perfect 2. In addition, the song also appeared in the advertisements for Beats by Dre, which ran during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and the film Horrible Bosses 2. WWE used the song in the commercial for WWEShop.com and as the theme song for the PPV WWE Battleground. "Jungle" played in the end credits for the 2014 film Hercules as well as Project Almanac and the Hitman: Agent 47. This song also plays during an end scene in the TV series The Blacklist. The most recent version of Jungle has been used by Boston, American beer company Sam Adams for their beer.

He is also featured on Big K.R.I.T.'s second studio album Cadillactica, in the track "Saturdays = Celebration." This song is featured in the Sicario - 'Welcome to Juarez' Trailer.

His track 'Not Gonna Break Me' was used in the BBC's trailer for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Artistry

Voice

Commons' baritone vocals, influenced by Gregg Allman,<ref name="Ferrier"/> are notable for their authenticity of the blues genre, reflected through his Americanised accent and deep, "raspy"<ref name="Ferrier"/> and "gritty"<ref>Antonetti, Devon. "UK Singer Jamie N Commons on Coming to America, Exploring His Blues Roots". Diffuser.fm. </ref> singing voice, earning him comparisons with Tom Waits,<ref>Copeland, Cooper. "On the Rise: Jamie N Commons". Out of Order. </ref> Johnny Cash,<ref name="1883 Magazine">"Jamie N Commons". 1883 Magazine. </ref> Leonard Cohen,<ref name="1883 Magazine"/> Nick Cave,<ref name="ETEP">"Act Detail: Jamie N Commons". European Talent Exchange Program. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014. </ref> Greg Dulli<ref name="ETEP"/> and Mark Lanegan.<ref name="ETEP"/>

Influences

In a BBC America interview, Commons said The Allman Brothers Band, the soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Moby's Play were important, early influences.<ref>Wicks, Kevin (11 March 2013). "British Breakout Interview: Jamie N Commons, Modern Bluesman". Anglophenia. BBC America. </ref>

Personal life

During his childhood, Commons attended church with his religious mother,<ref>Swindells, Chris; Eustace, Chris (1 February 2012). "Blues and bruised in Brighton: Jamie N Commons interview". Virtual Festivals. </ref> while his father, an atheist, stayed at home. These experiences informed him of religion, which is a theme explored in Commons' music.<ref>"Ones to Watch: Jamie N Commons". Clash Magazine. 3 July 2012. </ref>

Discography

EPs

  • The Baron (2011)
  • Rumble and Sway (2013)
  • Jamie N Commons (2016)

Singles

Other appearances

References

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External links

  • Official website
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