Interview Magazine + AOL Music Get to Know James Morrison

By on January 29, 2012


British musician James Morrison wants to break away from his easy listening, pop-soul sound. Morrison emerged in 2006 with a throaty voice, adorable curls, and a pocket full of languid love songs. Much to Morrison’s dismay, this debut quickly pushed him into a singer-songwriter category, perhaps best described as “people you’d expect to find on the soundtrack of a Richard Curtis film.” It is a label that Morrison’s been uncomfortable with ever since and is finally trying to combat with his third album, The Awakening. A much more energetic affair than his previous records, The Awakening features a few funk-heavy songs such as “In My Dreams” and “Beautiful Life” and a collaboration with English pop sensation (think Rihanna via Adele) Jessie J. There are still a few Love Actually-worthy tracks for Morrison’s loyal fans; his first single “I Won’t Let You Go” has already featured in commercials for Australian soap-opera (and perquisite first “break” for Australian movie stars) Home and Away, but the album is definitely a step in a more personal, honest direction.

On his last visit to New York, Morrison popped by our offices to discuss his take on The Awakening, his public persona, and his favorite day of the week. (We stick to the important stuff).

James Morrison: ‘The Awakening’ Singer Shares How a Birth, Death and ‘Reality Check’ Changed His Music Forever (EXCLUSIVE IN HOUSE Q&A)

Chatting with James Morrison is like having a conversation with an old friend — even if you’ve only known the guy for just five minutes! The British singer is as personable and welcoming as the soulful songs on his past two albums. We had the opportunity to sit down with James during his recent trip to New York City this month, and got the in-depth story behind his deeply personal new record, ‘The Awakening.’ Throughout the course of our time together, Morrison told the story of multiple life altering events that inspired his CD and why the recording process changed him to the core. “I didn’t want to be another guy churning out albums about love songs,” James shared with us.

Whether you’re a fan of James, or are just being introduced to this talented artist, read on for a true tale of soul searching and survival.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.