CLEARWATER – As part of his U.S. tour this summer in support of his long-awaited new Verve album release The Pursuit, Grammy and Golden Globe nominee Jamie Cullum returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday, July 7, at 8 p.m.
Collum an English jazz-pop, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is renowned for his eclectic live shows where he performs not only his own hit songs (Everlasting Love, These Are the Days) but also covers from a diverse list of artists; most notably White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army and Massive Attack’s Teardrop.
He has also covered artists like Pussycat Dolls and Justin Timberlake as well as beatboxing at most of his live shows. His previous five album releases includes the critically acclaimed Pointless Nostalgic in 2002.
His latest album release The Pursuit blows away audience and artist preconceptions leaving nine Cullum originals and five cover songs that showcase the entertainer’s unique voice and iconoclastic interpretive skills. The self-penned gems include the buoyant first single I’m All Over It, the cheerfully apocalyptic Wheels, the animated swing of You and Me Are Gone, Cullum’s love song to music Mixtape and his love song to love Love Ain’t Gonna Let You Down. Elsewhere on the album, Cullum reinvents 1930s jazz standards (Cole Porter’s Just One Of Those Things and Love For Sale), brings the dance floor into the bedroom (Rihanna’s Don’t Stop The Music) and cleans the pancake off the Great White Way (Leslie Bricusse’s If I Ruled the World and Stephen Sondheim’s Not While I’m Around).
Cullum’s highest profile “side projects” were via his ever growing courtship with Hollywood; beginning with 2007’s animated Disney feature Meet The Robinsons in which Jamie was the singing voice of Frankie The Frog, continuing with his vocal on the Golden Globe-nominated “Best Original Song” from the John Cusack film Grace Is Gone, and culminating in his co-writing and performing with Clint Eastwood the Golden Globe-nominated “Best Original Song” from 2008’s Gran Torino. Cullum has also been nominated for and won many other awards including The British Jazz Awards (Rising Star Award), BRIT Awards (British Breakthrough Act), BBC Jazz Awards (Artist Of The Year, 2005) and Ronnie Scotts Jazz Award (Best British Male).