Written by Natasha Dirany He may have topped the charts and married a supermodel, but Jamie Cullum is still the jazz world’s boy next door. A headline act at Byblos Festival this summer, he chats toTime Out Beirut.
Jamie Cullum’s rise to fame was a quick one: a UK TV appearance made the baby-faced singer-songwriter a household name overnight. By the age of 24, the winning jazz-pop formula of his album ‘Twentysomething’ had broken records. Now in his thirties, whether he’s performing at the Queen’s birthday party, covering Kanye West or spending time with his baby daughter and supermodel wife, Sophie Dahl, Cullum remains remarkably down to earth – saving the rock star antics for his notoriously hyper live performances.
What do you have planned for your performance at Byblos Festival?
This is my first time in Lebanon so it’s extremely exciting. To make up for the last eight years of touring and not coming to Lebanon I’m going to do a very special show. There’ll be songs from all of the records and loads of energy – I won’t stop playing until they force me to get off the stage.
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