James Newman United Kingdom Embers Eurovision 2021

James Newman was will represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2021 with “Embers”.

James was originally due to sing “My Last Breath” at Eurovision 2020. However, the contest was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, just like several other countries, the UK has opted to retain its 2020 singer. James’ entry “Embers” was premiered on BBC Radio 1 and 2, the two most-listened-to music stations in Britain.

And now we’ve compiled 10 facts about James Newman. Let’s do this!

United Kingdom at Eurovision 2021: Facts about James Newman

1. He’s from Yorkshire.

Just like Michael Rice in 2019, the UK’s current act is also from the north of England, albeit a different area. James and his family are from Settle in the Yorkshire Dales National Park – an area of famous natural beauty.

2. He started off in Babe

James started performing in school. And while he may be mixing with the stars now, his roles weren’t always so glamorous. When he was about six-years-old he starred in a local production of Babe The Sheep Pig…and he played the role of Babe! But that was the point when he knew he loved singing — “from Babe The Sheep Pig it’s all stemmed to me being the singer I am today”. He also owned a pair of decks which he and his brother John used to set up in the house. “And then we’d open out the windows, into the street and have it blaring out. And all the neighbours would kick off”.

3. His brother is John Newman

Speaking of John, James isn’t the only Newman absolutely smashing it in the music industry. His younger brother John has worked with the likes of Calvin Harris and Rudimental. He collaborated with the latter for his breakout single “Feel The Love”. It reached number one and is a firm favourite of the British music scene to this day. James has written for his brother on several occasions, most notably his aforementioned collaboration with Calvin Harris, “Blame”. That also went to number one. John’s most famous solo track is “Love Me Again”, a Northern Soul inspired pop belter and another number one.

4. He’s influenced by Motown

In an interview with UK commentator and chat show king Graham Norton, James revealed that he got into music as his mum would play Motown around the house when he was younger. He stated that Diana Ross is a huge influence to him.

5. He is a Brit Award winner

James has won the biggest prize in the British music industry — a Brit Award. He received the accolade for co-writing mega-hit “Waiting All Night” for Rudimental and Ella Eyre. He won the gong for British Single of the Year in 2014 alongside Jonny Harris.

6. He is a Grammy-nominated songwriter

His songwriting talents have been recognised internationally too! James has been nominated for the most prestigious prize in music – a Grammy award. Not once, but twice! The nods were for his efforts in writing tracks for Toni Braxton’s 2018 LP Sex & Cigarettes and Kesha’s 2017 comeback album Rainbow.

 

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7. He wrote a Eurovision song for Ireland

James had a hand in co-penning Brendan Murray’s entry for Ireland in 2017 “Dying to Try”. Whilst the track didn’t fare too well at the contest in Kyiv, it still has a firm cult following on Twitter. The track itself was a moving ballad, with unique vocals from Brendan. He placed 13th in his semi, gaining 86 points, just 15 points shy of tenth placer Anja Nissen.

8. He’s worked with Armin Van Buuren

The large majority of James’ impressive feats come from his songwriting as opposed to his vocals, but his smooth tones have featured on a trio of tracks by internationally renowned Dutch DJ Armin Van Buuren. They are 2018’s “Therapy”, 2019’s “High On Your Love” and 2020’s “Slow Lane”.

9. He’s friends with Ed Sheeran

James is good enough friends with globally famous singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. When James wrote “Lay It All On Me” for Rudimental, Ed was such a fan of the track that he personally asked James if he could supply the vocals on the track. Not exactly an offer you can refuse. The track went platinum in many countries, including the UK, the USA and Australia, as well as in various countries across Europe.

10. He released his debut EP in 2020

James should have taken to the Eurovision stage in Rotterdam last year. But, while that unfortunately never happened, the British singer still went ahead with the release of his debut EP The Things We Do. Composed of four tracks, it included his 2020 entry “My Last Breath”, as well as the singles “Better Man” and “Enough”. The final song, “Alone”, is another soulful pop track underlined by a recurring percussion beat that sonically fits in well with the rest of the EP.

Could James score an elusive top ten for the UK at Eurovision? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Read more Eurovision 2021 artist facts here.

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GrantK
GrantK
1 month ago

So nice to see positive vibes for the UK entry for once, hopefully this sets the bbc onto the right path now!

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

James is so talented and down to earth. A great, nice guy! I love his new songs but i honestly think the performer should have been another artist.

Rose
Rose
1 month ago

What an improvement from last year. If they nail the vocals and staging, he’ll get a top 10. Winning, I don’t know. Top 10 is a definite though.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

James is so accomplished, talented, his voice is so so so special. I hope he’ll have one of the greatest experiences ever in Eurovision. I’m so happy he’s back!

mad-professor
mad-professor
1 month ago

Just seen that the song’s been playlisted and made Record of the Week by Radio 2 – nice!

Pancake
Pancake
1 month ago

Well, I love My Last Breath and I love Embers so I’ll be really happy if he ends up top 10.

Good luck to James Newman!!

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
1 month ago

Top 10 without any shadow of doubt.

Euromess
Euromess
1 month ago

I prefer “My Last Breath” because I found it more suited to his voice. “Embers” is cute but it feels less ‘authentic’ to me. I have no idea where it might end up on the final ranking, maybe in the middle?

Paul W
1 month ago

Embers is a feel good song that I listen to first thing every morning to help me face the day. I don’t know how it will do in the final but I know that I will still be listening to this song in years to come.

eurana
eurana
1 month ago

I liked his last year song and now his 2021 song either. For the 1st time in 10 years I have an UK song in my personal top 10 ESC playlist.

Safiya
Safiya
1 month ago

Good luck to him! I really like his song this year and I think that with a good staging it can actually do quite well.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago
Reply to  Safiya

BMG will need to go epic and memorable with the staging if they want James to stand out and potentially win/Top 5. The song is called Embers and about rekindling the flames—they will have pyro as a minimum, and as well as likely having 3 jazz instrument dancers, they should have 3 flame jugglers / fire performers Have there ever been flame jugglers at Eurovision before? They need to be bold. They need to provide James with a stage performance that people want to see performed again, and again and again. They need a winning TV moment to accompany this… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Jimmy Smit
Una
Una
1 month ago

Fact no.11: *the love for James Newman is real* 🙂

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

This is SO GOOD!