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James Blunt Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
James Blount
Place Of Birth
Tidworth, United Kingdom
48 years old
Birth Date
February 22 1974

James Blunt Facts

Child Star?
Education & Qualifications
University of Bristol
Net Worth
Current Partner
Sofia Wellesley
Jane Ann Farran, Colonel Charles Blount

About James Blunt 

James Blunt is a British singer who became popular in the early 2000s.
He is known for his heartfelt lyrics and soulful voice. Blunt released his first album in 2004, and it went multi-platinum in several countries.
He has since released six more albums, all of which have seen varying degrees of success. In addition to his solo music career, Blunt has also had success as a composer in movies like 'Happy Death Day 2U' (2019). Blunt is a well-rounded musician whose music and performances have made him one of the most successful British artists of recent times.

James Blunt's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is James Blunt’s net worth?

This accomplished singer is estimated to have a net worth of $18 million.

How much does James Blunt earn per year?

Based on the data available about his earnings from the period 2004-2015, James Blunt earns an average of $2.1 million per year.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is James Blunt?

James Blunt is a man of tall stature. He stands at the height of 5 ft 8 in (173 cm).

How old is James Blunt?

James Blunt was born on February 22, 1974, making him 48 years old now.

Childhood And Education

James Hillier Blount was born to Jane Ann Farran and Colonel Charles Blount at an army hospital in the town of Tidsworth, Wiltshire, on February 22, 1974. He was the eldest of three children in the family. Blunt's father was a colonel in the British Army Air Corps and a cavalry officer before that. James Blunt hails from a long line of army officers dating back to the 10th century. His mother had a chalet company in the French town of Méribel.
Due to his father's frequent postings, Blunt moved quite a lot in his childhood and attended various schools. He attended Elstree School in Woolhampton, followed by the famous Harrow School in London, from where he graduated with A-levels in the subjects of physics, chemistry, and economics. After completing school, James Blunt enrolled in a sociology course at the University of Bristol. In 1996, he graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc (Hons) in Sociology. He also studied aerospace manufacturing engineering during his time there.
James Blunt was committed to serving in the British Army after graduation for at least a few years because his tuition was sponsored by the army. At the age of 16, he had gained his fixed-wing private pilot license. He went on to become a pilot in the British Army, like his father.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is James Blunt’s partner?

James Blunt has been married to Sofia Wellesley since September 5, 2014. The couple met in 2012 and got engaged by December 2013. They have two children. However, their names haven't been revealed to the public for privacy.
Sofia Wellesley is a legal consultant of royal pedigree. She is the granddaughter of the eighth Duke of Wellington, late Valerian Wellesley, and daughter of Lord John Henry Wellesley and Lady Corinne Vaes.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

James Blunt, the man with a smooth voice and heartfelt lyrics, has been a mainstay in the music industry for almost two decades. His soulful tunes have captured the hearts of listeners, young and old alike. However, his career in music was preceded by a career in military service. James Blunt attended the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst and entered the Life Guards. He went on to serve in various regiments and has served in Kosovo for NATO. He retired at the rank of Captain after a service of six years.
In 2002, James Blunt quit the army to pursue a musical career. He used to write songs while in the military and had an interest in music from his early days. However, Blunt found it challenging to land a deal with recording labels due to his posh accent.
It was in 2003 that he met Linda Perry, who offered Blunt a recording contract. Hence, James Blunt produced his debut album with record producer Tom Rothrock. The album 'Back To Bedlam' was released in October 2004 by Atlantic Records.
Blunt went on to record more albums, appear in TV shows like 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' and compose soundtracks for films.
James Blunt gained widespread acclaim for his third single, the hit song 'You're Beautiful,' from his debut album 'Back To Bedlam.' This was the song that took Blunt to stardom, peaking on charts in several countries and selling over a million copies. In the UK, the single debuted at number 12 and climbed to the top in six weeks. In 2006, 'You're Beautiful' topped the Billboards Hot 100 list, effectively making James Blunt the first British artist to top the American singles chart after Elton John.
Although his first album wasn't greatly appreciated upon release, the hit single quickly made it one of the most popular albums of the time. On September 17, 2007, he released his second studio album, 'All The Lost Souls', which garnered positive reactions. It was certified gold in the UK in four days.

Charity Work

Blunt is actively involved in many philanthropic ventures. He has held charity concerts for Help for Heroes, of which he is a patron. Help for Heroes is a charity that works for lifelong medical support for soldiers injured in the line of duty and their families. He also supports the charity Médecins Sans Frontières, an NGO he discovered during his time in Kosovo.
Apart from these causes, Blunt is also an advocate of environmental protection. He screened the trailer of 'An Inconvenient Truth' during his concerts, and proceeds for tickets bought went into planting trees. He performed at the Wembley Stadium in London for the 'Live Earth' concert in 2007 and contributed to the Haiti earthquake efforts in 2010.

What awards has James Blunt won?

The singer has won many awards and nominations over the years. He won two Brit Awards in 2006, and was in the category Best Pop Artist at the 2005 BT Digital Music Awards. His single 'You're Beautiful' and the album 'Back To Bedlam' earned Blunt five nominations at the 2007 Grammy Awards.
In 2005 and 2006, he won several awards at the MTV Australia Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Q Awards, and Teen Choice Awards, all courtesy of 'You're Beautiful.'
James Blunt's album 'All The Lost Souls' was in Top 10 Best Selling Foreign Albums at the 2007 IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Awards. In 2008, he won the Echo Music Prize (Germany) for the category 'Best International Male Artist' and Pop or Rock Album of the Year for 'Moon Landing' at the Hungarian Music Awards in 2016.

James Blunt’s Hobbies And Interests

James Blunt had an interest in music from his childhood and took classes in violin and piano, although he never considered it a career option until much later. He developed a keener interest in singing and songwriting during his time at university and then in the army. During his Kosovo assignment, Blunt would keep a guitar in his tank to write and sing to locals.

Other Interesting James Blunt Facts And Trivia

  • Take a look at some little-known facts about this Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter!
  • Blunt was introduced to the electric guitar during his time at Harrow School. Before that, he had only been taking conventional music classes like violin lessons.
  • He wrote the song 'Monsters' as a tribute to his father, who at the time was suffering from stage four kidney disease.
  • Eight songs from his debut album were featured in various TV shows and advertising campaigns, such as 'Grey's Anatomy' in the years following its release.
  • James Blunt's debut album sold over 11 million copies worldwide and over three million copies in the UK. This earned him a Guinness World Record for 'Best-selling debut album on the UK chart by a male artist.'
  • In 2016, the University of Bristol proffered him with an honorary title of Doctor of Music.
  • This singer is also famous for something other than music; his sharp, dry sense of humor! Blunt is often found making funny, self-deprecating tweets.
  • Blunt's expansive home in Ibiza was ransacked by thieves in January 2021. He lost family heirlooms and other prized possessions.
  • He was on duty at the funeral functions of the late Queen Mother, Elizabeth I, prior to his departure from the army.
  • James Blunt has remarked that he is emotionally stunted, which goes against the popular notion the public formed from his emotional songs.

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