CULLUM WANTED TO BE A GUITAR GREAT
JAMIE CULLUM tried his hand as a rock guitarist before discovering he’s a natural on the piano.
The diminutive star has forged an impressive keyboard career, collecting numerous awards and working with Pharrell Williams, Will.I.Am and even Clint Eastwood on the theme tune for his movie Gran Torino.
But it could all have been so different if Cullum had pursued his dreams of becoming a guitar great.
He tells CMU Music, “I started out making music just as a young teenager trying to ape the rock and pop stars I loved – riffs from AC DC and Nirvana, chords to Ben Harper songs, the solos of Eddie Van Halen – all on the guitar. Piano took over when I discovered Ben Folds and Harry Connick, Jr.”
16 November 2009 22:03