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Born 22 February, 1974 (46 years old).
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|Blunt in February 2018|
|Born||James Hillier Blount
22 February 1974
Tidworth, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University of Bristol|
|Occupation||Singer songwriter musician record producer|
|Spouse||Sofia Wellesley |
|Genres||Pop rock folk rock folk pop soft rock|
|Instruments||Vocals guitar keyboards piano organ ukulele marimba|
James Hillier Blount , better known as James Blunt, is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. A former reconnaissance officer in the Life Guards regiment of the British Army, he served under NATO during the 1999 Kosovo War. After leaving the military, he rose to fame in 2004 with the release of his debut album Back to Bedlam, achieving worldwide fame with the singles "You're Beautiful" and "Goodbye My Lover".
Blunt's first album has sold over 11 million copies worldwide, topping the UK Albums Chart and peaking at number two in the US. "You're Beautiful" was number one in the UK, the US and a dozen other countries. Back to Bedlam was the best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK, and is one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history. Blunt has since sold over 20 million records worldwide. He has received several awards, including two Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 2006—two MTV Video Music Awards, and two Ivor Novello Awards, as well as receiving five Grammy Award nominations and an Honorary Doctorate for Music in 2016 by the University of Bristol.
James Hillier Blount was born on 22 February 1974 at an army hospital in Tidworth, Hampshire, the first of three children born to Jane Ann Farran and Colonel Charles Blount. His father was a cavalry officer in the 13th/18th Royal Hussars and then a helicopter pilot and colonel of the Army Air Corps. His mother started up a ski chalet company in the French town of Méribel. The Blount family has a long history of military service, dating back to the arrival of their Danish ancestors in England in the 10th century.
Blunt grew up primarily in St Mary Bourne, Hampshire, but moved every two years depending on his father's military postings around England and the world in places such as Middle Wallop, Netheravon, York, Nicosia, and Soest. He also spent time in Cley next the Sea, Norfolk, where his father owned the Cley Windmill. He was educated at Elstree School in Woolhampton, Berkshire, and Harrow School in London, gaining A-levels in physics, chemistry, and economics. He went on to study aerospace manufacturing engineering and sociology at the University of Bristol, graduating with a BSc in sociology in 1996. Like his father, Blunt is a pilot and gained his fixed winged private pilot licence at age 16. He also developed a keen interest in motorcycles around this time.
|Years of service||1996–2002|
Having been sponsored through university on an army bursary, Blunt was committed to serve a minimum of four years in the armed forces. He trained at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in intake 963, and was commissioned into the Life Guards, a reconnaissance regiment. He rose to the rank of captain.
The Life Guards, part of the Household Cavalry Regiment, were primarily based in Combermere Barracks. Blunt was trained in British Army Training Unit Suffield in Alberta, Canada, where his regiment was posted for six months in 1998 to act as the opposing army in combat training exercises.
In 1999, Blunt volunteered to join a Blues and Royals squadron deploying with NATO to Kosovo. Initially assigned to carry out reconnaissance of the North Macedonia–Yugoslavia border, Blunt's troop worked ahead of the front lines, locating and targeting Serbian forces for the NATO bombing campaign. On 12 June 1999, the troop led the 30,000-strong NATO peacekeeping force from the North I Macedonia border towards Priština International Airport. However, a Russian military contingent had moved in and taken control of the airport before his unit's arrival. American NATO commander Wesley Clark ordered that the unit forcibly take the airport from the Russians. General Mike Jackson, the British commander, refused the order, telling Clark that they were "not going to start World War Three for you". Blunt has said that he would have refused to obey such an order if General Jackson had not blocked it.
During Blunt's Kosovo assignment he had brought along his guitar, strapped to the outside of his tank, and would sometimes perform for locals and troops. It was while on duty there that he wrote the song "No Bravery".
Blunt extended his military service in November 2000, and was posted to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London, as a member of the Queen's Guard. During this posting, he was featured on the television programme Girls on Top, a series highlighting unusual career choices. He stood guard at the coffin of the Queen Mother during her lying in state and was part of the funeral procession on 9 April 2002.
A keen skier, Blunt captained the Household Cavalry alpine ski team in Verbier, Switzerland, becoming the Royal Armoured Corps giant slalom champion in 2000. He left the army on 1 October 2002 having served six years.