Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic
Location: London, UK
Discography: Last Night Stars (2006), The Pull Of The Moon (2010), Wasn't Expecting That (2011) and Jamie Lawson (2015)
Record Company: Gingerbread Man Records
Jamie Lawson is an excellent multi award-winning singer-songwriter on the UK live circuit and recently the first signing to Ed Sheeran new Gingerbread Man Records. Jamie is originally from Plymouth, Devon. Jamie first picked up a guitar at the age of 8 as a Christmas present. He wrote his first song at 15. His music career began in a cover band when he was in high school. From the age of 17, he began performing in pubs and bars around UK and Ireland.
Jamie released his first demos to the mp3.com platform. His song, "Fussy" got international playtime when it was included into the playlist on the college radio station, KLSU, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The first spin of this song was in January 2001 on The Little Lighthouse radio show at KLSU. Jamie also played frequent shows at the 12 Bar Club in London. He played in the alternative rock band, Haiku, with Russell Cleave. Russell went on to play drums on songs recorded for Lawson's debut album.
In 2006, he released his debut studio album 'Last Night Stars' through Allotment Recordings, the indie record label Lawson set up with Simon Allen and Tom Clues. On 20 June 2010, he released his second studio album, 'The Pull of the Moon', through Lookout Mountain. The album peaked to number 70 on the Irish Albums Chart. In 2015 the album peaked to number 9 in New Zealand.
The single, "Wasn't Expecting That", was first released on YouTube on 3 January 2011. The single soon became hugely popular after it was played one of Ireland's biggest radio stations, Today FM's Breakfast Show. On 11 March 2011, he released the single in Ireland, through Universal Music Ireland as the lead single from his third studio album. The song peaked at number 3 on the Irish Singles Chart. On 1 April 2011, he released his third studio album 'Wasn't Expecting That' in Ireland, through Lookout Mountain. The album peaked at number 11 on the Irish Albums Chart. On 30 September 2011, he released the single, "Lucy Rocks", as the second single from the album.
In March 2015, Ed Sheeran revealed Jamie will be the first artist to be signed to his new label, Gingerbread Man Records. On 3 April 2015, Jamie re-released the single "Wasn't Expecting That". The single has peaked to number 3 in Australia and number 7 in New Zealand. On 21 May, it was confirmed that Lawson is the first artist to be signed by Sheeran's newly formed label. The single hit the number 6 chart position in the UK on 8 October 2015 and was certified silver on 20 November 2015 by the British Phonographic Industry.
Jamie's self-titled album, 'Jamie Lawson', was released worldwide on 16 October 2015, under Gingerbread Man Records. The album features "Wasn't Expecting That" as the lead single, along with "Ahead of Myself" and "Cold in Ohio" as the second and third single of the album. The album was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry, denoting shipments of 100,000 copies.
Jamie supported Sheeran on the leg of his X Tour in March and April 2015. He also supported One Direction on their 2015 On the Road Again Tour in the UK and Ireland. Lawson made his first US television appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on 10 November 2015.
In 2016 Jamie won the Ivor Novello award for best song, lyrically and musically.