James Newman (United Kingdom) – escYOUnited
In view of the rehearsals in Rotterdam, we continue to present the 39 artists in competition this year and detail their journey to Eurovision 2021.
Next up is James Newman, an accomplished songwriter in the UK who is stepping into the limelight as a singer and hopes to party in Rotterdam this year!
Who is James Newman?
While his brother John Newman is perhaps more internationally recognized, James has made a name for himself in the music industry as one of the UK’s most accomplished songwriters, with over 100 songs credited or co-credited with James’ calligraphy.
Born in Settle, a small town nestled in the Yorkshire Dales in the north of England, on the 19the October 1985, James and his brother John were raised only by his mother from the age of six. In a 2014 interview, John Newman notes, “We were really crispy, but we’re a tight-knit family who cared about each other and pushed each other. My brother (James) and I have become the men of the house. You learn a lot emotionally when you lose people. “
Growing up, James had always been interested in music and was part of a band called Waiting for Volkaerts as a teenager, while honing his songwriting skills.
James would eventually begin a fruitful collaboration with his brother, writing and producing music for him. Having moved to London to pursue a career in music in his twenties, his big breakthrough in the music scene came in 2013, when he co-wrote “Waiting All Night” by Rudimental and Ella Eyre. The song was ranked No.1 in the UK and was successfully ranked across Europe, winning the James a Brit Award in the process in 2014.
James’ first big success working with his brother came in the form of his collaboration with Calvin Harris on “Blame”, from the Scottish DJ’s famous 2014 album “Motion”. James will continue to write songs for many successful artists over the years to come, continuing his relationship with Rudimental and also writing for Gorgon City, Jess Glynne, Little Mix, Kaiser Chiefs, Kesha, Backstreet Boys and even the Australian artist. Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Guy Sebastian. He also co-wrote the Irish entry for Eurovision 2017 “Dying to Try”.
While James has achieved great success with his songwriting abilities, he has always had the desire to stand out and make a name for himself as a performer, and did so for the first time in 2015 with a collaboration with French DJ Arno Cost; “Go home”. James’s work in the electronic music scene has led him to collaborate more with vocal producers, notably on Don Diablo’s “Head Up” and Armin van Buuren’s “Therapy” in 2018.
The relationship with this latest Dutch DJ continued with further vocal appearances on ‘High on Your Love’ in 2019 and ‘Slow Lane’ in 2020.
How did James get to Rotterdam?
It was announced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on the 16e September 2019 that the country would revert to internal selection for its entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, and it was announced that a collaboration with music label BMG would take place to select a participant and produce a song for Rotterdam.
February 27e 2020, the BBC announced that James Newman will represent the UK with ‘My Last Breath’, a mid-tempo pop song co-written with close friends of James Ed Drewett, Adam Argyle and Iain James on a trip to Scotland earlier in the year. The song reveal was broadcast simultaneously on flagship BBC radio stations, Greg James’ Radio 1 breakfast show, and Radio 2 during Ken Bruce’s morning show.
The entry video featured Dutch ‘ice man’ Wim Hof and was based on a documentary about a North Sea diver who had parted ways with his crew. “It got us thinking about what you would do for others.” James said of the entry “anthemic”.
Sadly, this was not to be for James in 2020, with the contest being canceled on March 18.e 2020. Shortly thereafter, James himself suffered from COVID-19 ahead of the EBU’s replacement competition, Europe Shine a Light. The song ended later 6e in the Swedish replacement Eurovision program “Sveriges 12: a”. A mini-documentary was also released by the BBC on the selection of James and the feelings following the cancellation of Eurovision.
James’ debut EP “The Things We Do” was released in July 2020, debuting on Eurovision Song Contest alongside two new songs, “Enough” and “Better Man”.
James had to wait a little longer than most to be confirmed as a returning artist for Eurovision 2021, which was finally announced on the 19th.e February 2021. Newman went with a different feel for his 2021 entry, opting for a dance anthem for Rotterdam. Speaking to the BBC’s Newsbeat, he said: “I feel like everyone wants a party and a good time, so when I was writing that was on my mind. I wanted something people can dance to, even if it’s right in their kitchen.
The British entry “Embers” was published on March 11e 2021.
How has James prepared for Eurovision since his selection?
James posted a compilation of reactions to his Eurovision Song Contest on his Instagram page on March 12e, including our own Matt, before hosting a Q&A on his Instagram on the 21stst and one with Irishman Lesley Roy on April 22nd.
In preparation for this year’s competition, James conducted a number of interviews with various British media outlets and hinted at the PA news agency that he had watched the recent chart success of producers such as Joel Corry. to inspire this year. British entry. It was also revealed that James had recorded his live tape performance of “Embers” on the BBC’s Comic Relief stage.
James appeared with British semi-final commentator Rylan Clark-Neal and celebrity chef Rustie Lee in a Eurovision cooking-based challenge on April 13.e, then participated in the PreParty ES of Eurovision Spain on April 24e, performing an acoustic version of his entry “Embers”.
Britain’s James Newman will play “Embers” in the Eurovision 2021 final on May 22 as one of the Big 5 members.
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