Top 10 Facts - James Blunt
Fact #1

James Hillier Blount (born 22 February 1974), better known by his stage name James Blunt, is an English singer-songwriter. He had signed with EMI before securing a recording contract with Atlantic Records and Custard Records.

Fact #2

Blunt rose to prominence in 2004 with the release of his debut studio album Back to Bedlam, before achieving worldwide fame with the singles "You're Beautiful" and "Goodbye My Lover". The album sold over 11 million copies worldwide, topping the UK Albums Chart and peaking at number two in the US. Blunt's second album.

Fact #3

Blunt has sold over 20 million albums and 17 million singles worldwide, with his debut album, Back to Bedlam, being listed as the best selling album of the 2000s in the UK. He has received several awards and nominations, having won two Brit Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, two Ivor Novello Awards as well as receiving ?ve Grammy Award nominations.

Fact #4

Blunt was an of?cer in the Life Guards, a cavalry regiment of the British Army, and served under NATO in Kosovo during the con?ict in 1999. While posted to Kosovo, Blunt was introduced to the work of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF or "Doctors Without Borders").

Fact #5

Since then, Blunt has been an active supporter of MSF by holding meet-and-greet auctions at many of his concerts, and ?lming the documentary Return to Kosovo, in which he visited the people and places he had encountered while stationed there. Blunt is a patron of Help for Heroes, a charity aiming to raise money to provide better facilities for wounded British soldiers.

Fact #6

In September 2014, Blunt married (Alexandrina) So?a Wellesley, daughter of Lord and Ladylohn Wellesley, and grand-daughter of the 8th Duke of Wellington. On 9 October 2015, he con?rmed the couple are expecting their ?rst child.

Fact #7

On 3 May 2015, Blunt was con?rmed to be replacing Ronan Keating on the seventh season of The X Factor Australia. He was joined by American rock musician Chris Isaak and returning iudges Guy Sebastian and Dannii Minogue.

Fact #8

Blunt has raised funds for the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres through bene?t concerts and by auctioning opportunities to meet him at his own shows. He ?rst encountered MSF medical care workers during his tour of duty in Kosovo, and was impressed with the work they did under conditions of minimal support and limited security.

Fact #9

Blunt is a patron of Help for Heroes, a charity aiming to raise money to provide better facilities for wounded British servicemen, and has also held bene?t concerts for this charity. Blunt has also contributed, with his vocals, to the charity single, "Everybody Hurts" in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake appeal.

Fact #10

Voted 6th in G9 U.K. Magazine's poll of Worst-Dressed Men in Britain 2008.

Fact #11
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