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A former British Army officer, singer/songwriter James Blunt is a thoughtful performer with a knack for crafting melodic contemporary soft rock tunes. Born in Tidworth, Wiltshire, England in 1974 to a family with a long military history, Blunt entered the army after graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Ultimately achieving the rank of captain, Blunt served with the NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo and finished out his time in the military as a member of the Life Guard Regiment in the British Household Cavalry. Having long been interested in music, Blunt wasted no time in pursuing a pop career after leaving the army.
A subsequent performance at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, 4 Non Blondes singer/producer Linda Perry was so impressed, she signed Blunt to her Custard Records label. Released in 2005, Blunt's debut album, Back to Bedlam, and its hit single, "You're Beautiful," was hugely successful. It hit number one in over a dozen countries, and sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Blunt toured for much of 2005 and 2006 and then released the two-disc live/documentary album Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions in 2006. He had been writing songs while on the road, and brought Back to Bedlam producer Tom Rothrock in again to record his highly anticipated sophomore release, All the Lost Souls, featuring the lead-off single "1973".
This morning, UK sensation James Blunt tells all from growing up in an army family with no musical roots to bolting his guitar to the outside of an army tank to writing the poetic and passionate hits that have made him the star he is today. Plus, don't miss his exclusive performances of his signature hit "You're Beautiful", "Wise Men" and off his new album, "I'll Take Everything", "Same Mistake" and the chart-topping hit "1973".