Jamie Cullum Talks New Album & Why He Thinks Fans Will Love It

Jamie Cullum's new album

There is a song on my new album called “Drink” which is about the best song I have ever written

When Harpers Bazaar Singapore interviewed Jamie ahead of his performance at Sing Jazz this Saturday, they asked him how his new album is coming along. Here’s all the latest from that interview:

HB: How is the 8th album coming along, and what are the stories behind it?

JC: It’s as good as done. I’m incredibly proud of it and it feels like a real step forward for me. I really think my fans will love it and will probably get to know me a little better after listening to it.

I’ve noticed on this latest record I’m making that for the first time the lyrics have been born first over the chords and the melodies. That is new for me – but it squares up with the idea of trying to communicate something over just musical cleverness of some kind

HB: If you had to pick one song you could sing one of your songs again and again for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

JC: There is a song on my new album called “Drink” which is about the best song I have ever written. It feels like one I’ll be singing forever. It works solo or with a full orchestra, intimate or huge. The best songs are usually quite malleable.

I’d love to score a beautiful kids movie like Coco or Finding Nemo!

HB: How would you describe your evolution as an artist over the years?

JC: I think I’ve tried to focus on musicality and emotion over everything else. I’ve noticed on this latest record I’m making that for the first time the lyrics have been born first over the chords and the melodies. That is new for me – but it squares up with the idea of trying to communicate something over just musical cleverness of some kind. I think as a young man you think a lot about being the best at your instrument and gradually that fades away, and realise its comes down to just trying to say something HUMAN!

Read the full interview at harperbazaar.com

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