James Hillier Blount (born 22 February 1974), better known by his stage name James Blunt, is an English singer-songwriter and former British Army Officer. He originally signed to EMI Music Publishing and is currently signed to Custard Records and Atlantic Records.
Blunt rose to fame in 2004 with the release of his debut album Back to Bedlam, achieving worldwide fame with the singles “You’re Beautiful” and “Goodbye My Lover”. The album has sold over 11 million copies worldwide, topping the UK Albums Chart and peaking at number two in the US. “You’re Beautiful” was number one in the UK, the US and a dozen other countries. Back to Bedlamwas the best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK.
Blunt has sold over 20 million records worldwide.He has received several awards, including two Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 2006—two MTV Video Music Awards and two Ivor Novello Awards, as well as receiving five Grammy Award nominations.
Blunt was a reconnaissance officer in the Life Guards, a cavalry regiment of the British Army, and served under NATO in the Kosovo War in 1999. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for Music in 2016 by University of Bristol.
Early life and education
James Hiller Blount was born on 22 February 1974 at an army hospital in Tidworth, Hampshire, England, the first of three children to Colonel Charles Blount and Jane Ann Farran Blount (née Amos). His father was a cavalry officer in the 13th/18th Royal Hussars and then a helicopter pilot and colonel of the Army Air Corps. The Blount family has a long history of military service, dating back to King Gorm of Denmark ever since their Danish ancestors arrived in England in the 10th century.
He grew up primarily in St Mary Bourne in Hampshire, but moved every two years depending on his father’s military postings in: Middle Wallop; Cyprus; Soest (Germany); York; and Netheravon. He also spent time in Cley next the Sea where his father owned Cley Windmill.
He was educated at Elstree School in Woolhampton, Berkshire, and Harrow School, gaining A-levels in Physics,Chemistry and Economics. He went on to study Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering and Sociology at University of Bristol, graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Sociology in 1996.
Like his father, Blunt is a pilot, gaining his fixed winged private pilot licence aged 16, and has a keen interest in motorcycles./Gjithqka Nga Pak