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Monday, October 12, 2015

Jamie Lawson Surely "Wasn't Expecting That"

Photo courtesy of Warner Music Malaysia

You may wonder, who is Jamie Lawson and how is he connected to Ed Sheeran? Well Jamie  is a British singer-songwriter whom was unveiled last month as the first artist to be signed to multi-platinum, international superstar Ed Sheeran’s own label Gingerbread Man Records last month. Bet you didn't even know Ed has his own label too yeah.

Jamie recently unveiled an emotional ending video for his international smash hit "Wasn't Expecting That" on the 2nd October 2015. A rather sweet, touching yet emotional video which charts the life of a couple from courting , marriage, kids with a heart-breaking end.

His self-titled album was just recently released on the 9th October 2015, where a full UK tour will follow including a date at London's Scala on the 4th November 2015.Wasn't Expecting That has already achieved double-platinum sales in Australia following a tour with Ed Sheeran earlier this year which saw him playing to over 180,000 people. 

Enigmatic and soulful, Jamie first drew Ed’s attention with an early version of his international juggernaut hit Wasn’t Expecting That, which drew the ginger-haired superstar to tears.

Ed says of the signing:

“I first became aware of Jamie Lawson a few years ago, after hearing his track “Wasn’t Expecting That”. I very rarely get emotional over a track, but that song stopped me dead. He manages to put across such raw emotion within his work, and I knew immediately that I wanted to work with this guy in some way. Having decided to start my own label ‘Gingerbread Man Records’ with my label Atlantic Records, the first artist I had to sign was Jamie. Starting Gingerbread Man Records means I can put music I love out there on a huge platform, and Jamie seemed like the perfect choice for my first release”


Jamie who hails from Plymouth, UK and his journey so far, could be summarized as an epic one. It took time for him to find his voice, even longer for him to hone his songs in the sparse, poetic language he has made very much his own. Though he has maintained a core, loyal following who have supported him throughout, only now is that starting to blossom into something far bigger. A chance meeting with a young singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran a few years ago, just as he himself had signed to Atlantic, seemed to affect very little at the time. 

Jamie has this to say about the meeting:
 ‘He’d been doing the same circuit and we had mutual friends, so although we hadn’t met before, we’d heard of each other. His songs were great, and he was a nice guy.  We exchanged numbers, but just after that he took off and became massively famous, and I just watched, thinking, “There’s another one gone!”’

A year or so down the line, Ed noticed Jamie’s poster in an Irish pub and remembered their earlier meeting – playing the prestigious Ruby Sessions in Dublin the following week, he asked the promoter to invite Jamie to play too. Subsequently, Jamie has jumped from a few hundred capacity venues to the 10,000 capacity venue in Dublin with Ed, to touring the world with him through the beginning of 2015. Recent months have seen Jamie playing to over 175,000 people in Australia (where Wasn’t Expecting That hit #2 and has subsequently hit double Platinum) and New Zealand.  In the past few weeks he has also supported Ed on his mammoth UK stadium tour, playing two nights with him at Dublin’s Croke Park.
His debut release on Gingerbread Man Records was produced by Ed’s longtime collaborator Will Hicks (Lily Allen, Plan B, Bastille) and mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford & Sons ‘Babel’, Ed Sheeran ‘+’ & ‘X’). The album reflects a writer and singer who is confidently, comfortably and completely himself. 

 Full track-listing below:
1.    Wasn't Expecting That
2.    Someone For Everyone
3.    Cold In Ohio
4.    The Only Conclusion
5.    Still Yours
6.    All Is Beauty
7.    Don't Let Me Let You Go
8.    Ahead Of Myself
9.    In Our Own Worlds
10. Sometimes It's Hard
11. Let Love Hold You Now

Watch Jamie Laswon's  emotional video "Wasn't Expecting That" HERE

Written in collaboration with Warner Music Malaysia




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