Jamie N Commons (born 22 October 1988 in Bristol, England) is a British singer and songwriter, based in New Cross, London.
Early life and education
Jamie N Commons was born in Bristol, England, United Kingdom but was raised, in part, in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. At age 6, Commons' family moved to Chicago, which would lead to his appreciation of American blues, folk, and swamp rock music and of artists, notable among which are The Allman Brothers Band.
Commons returned to the English West Country at the age of 16.
Aged 18, Commons relocated to London and commenced reading classical music at Goldsmiths, University of London, alongside contemporaries including James Blake and Katy B.
His second EP, Rumble and Sway, was released in March 2013 with Interscope, produced by Alex da Kid, who early signed him to his label KIDinaKORNER.
In June 2013, Jamie N Commons opened for Bruce Springsteen in Nijmegen.
He is featured on Eminem's eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, in the track "Desperation" which is only included in the deluxe edition bonus disc.
His song with X Ambassadors, "Jungle", is featured in the trailers for Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black, the video game Battlefield Hardline and the film Pitch Perfect 2. In addition, the song also appeared in the advertisements for Beats by Dre, which ran during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and the film Horrible Bosses 2. WWE used the song in the commercial for WWEShop.com and as the theme song for the PPV WWE Battleground. "Jungle" played in the end credits for the 2014 film Hercules as well as Project Almanac and the Hitman: Agent 47. This song also plays during an end scene in the TV series The Blacklist. The most recent version of Jungle has been used by Boston, American beer company Sam Adams for their beer.
He is also featured on Big K.R.I.T.'s second studio album Cadillactica, in the track "Saturdays = Celebration." This song is featured in the Sicario - 'Welcome to Juarez' Trailer.
His track 'Not Gonna Break Me' was used in the BBC's trailer for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Commons' baritone vocals, influenced by Gregg Allman, are notable for their authenticity of the blues genre, reflected through his Americanised accent and deep, "raspy" and "gritty" singing voice, earning him comparisons with Tom Waits,Johnny Cash,Leonard Cohen,Nick Cave,Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan.
In a BBC America interview, Commons said The Allman Brothers Band, the soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Moby's Play were important, early influences.
During his childhood, Commons attended church with his religious mother, while his father, an atheist, stayed at home. These experiences informed him of religion, which is a theme explored in Commons' music.
- The Baron (2011)
- Rumble and Sway (2013)
- Jamie N Commons (2016)
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