Growing up in England, James Blunt had a "traditional" childhood, which essentially means he was shipped off to boarding school at age seven. He excelled in science and math at school, so it wasn't a surprise that his father pushed him along the path of a military career. But school wasn't all bad: Blunt learned how to play the piano there and even tried his hand at school plays. It would be too cliche to say that Blunt's love for music helped him fight off the career designs of his over-enthusiastic father. In fact, that would be both cliche and a lie. Blunt did join the military, and in 1999 he served as a peacekeeper in Kosovo. Armed with a gun and his guitar, James did his best to keep an even keel in a place that just experienced one of the bloodiest civil wars on record. Writing was an escape for the singer-songwriter, a way to process the horrors of what he was witnessing, as songs like "No Bravery" attest. When his military time was up, Blunt focused on making music his career, got a band together and recorded some demos. Within months he landed both a publishing deal and a manager. After his performance at 2003's SXSW, Blunt met producer Linda Perry (Pink, Christina Aguile... See More
James Blunt Concert Films
Runtime: 12 minInternational superstar, James Blunt, joins PausePlay to talk to us about touring with Ed Sheeran, being the creepiest singer he knows, stalking our host, and of course his great new album, the AfterLove.
James Blunt Top Tracks
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minIf Eye To the Telescope introduced a bold new talent, KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza confirms that the Scottish singer is no fluke. Whether stripping down tracks from her platinum debut--nominated for both a Grammy and Britain's coveted Mercury Prize--or taking on Beck's tender "Golden Age," it's all about the Voice and the Voice is good. While Telescope elicited comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Bjork, in acoustic mode, Tunstall sounds more like countryman Rod Stewart back when he was fronting the Faces. She's got that soulful thing down to a science, but there's nothing affected about it, and she never pushes too hard. Ten years of busking can do that for a girl (it's how she learned to use a loop pedal to duplicate the sound of a full band). Originally only available through her website, Acoustic Extravaganza doesn't include hit singles "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" and "Suddenly I See," the theme from The Devil Wears Prada, but then it isn't a greatest hits collection. Recorded in two days, th set consists primarily of non-LP material, like the angry "Ashes," plus the featurette Five Go to Skye (Making the Album). The parental advisory warning ("explicit content") refers to the profanity in "Ashes." Otherwise, there's nothing objectionable going on here.
Live at Soundstage - Part One
Runtime: 54 minJohn Mayer has become an emerging superstar without conforming to any single genre – sometimes bluesy, sometimes pop, sometimes rock, but always excellent. Writing incredible songs that appeal to a wide audience, he provides that rare common ground among listeners of all ages. With fan favorites like “No Such Thing,” “Why Georgia” and “Bigger than my Body,” Mayer rolls out nothing but the best for this Soundstage audience. Mayer has always had a special relationship with the blues, and he can count one of its greatest practitioners as a fan. In the first episode of this two-part Soundstage, the legendary Buddy Guy surprises viewers by joining Mayer midway through “Come Back To Bed,” and remains for and extended jam on “Damn Right I Got The Blues.” Other Mayer hits, including the blockbuster “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” also define this set.
L'Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Affinis Consort Sinfonia Pop
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minFilmed in the elegant surroundings of the 19th century Teatro Sociale in Como, Italy, this amazing show features MIKA performing all his best-loved songs accompanied by a full orchestra conducted by Simon Leclerc. The show is a perfect fusion of pop and orchestral and includes tracks from his most recent album, the critically acclaimed “No Place In Heaven,” alongside hits from across his hugely successful career. As ever, MIKA is a charming and amiable host and is clearly in his element interacting with the orchestra and conductor Simon Leclerc. This is a magical performance captured in beautiful surroundings and not to be missed.
One Way Ticket Documentary
Runtime: 53 minOne Way Ticket goes on tour with Ron Pope as he assembles his dream band and explores the challenges inherent in being independent in today's music industry.
With a career that spans a decade, Ron's growing worldwide recognition has been a true grassroots movement. Together with his manager-and-wife-Blair, and his guitar-tech-cousin-Carl, Ron proves that in the age of the internet, record labels no longer hold the key to finding an audience. Full of unexpected soulful collaboration, One Way Ticket holds Ron up as a symbol for an emerging generation of new artists -- and begs the question: what does it take to go the rest of the way?
Live at Irving Plaza
Runtime: 53 minHaving already conquered the UK with his chart-topping debut album ‘Long Way Down’, don’t miss Tom Odell’s dazzling live show filmed at Irving Plaza, New York City. Watch the 22-year-old English wunderkind deliver stirring hits like ‘Another Love’ (10 million+ views on Youtube) as he brings his heart-wrenching album to life in gorgeous fashion.
In Session: 2008
Runtime: 12 minSnow Patrol performs live at the intimate In Session in 2008. The Session, features performances of Take Back The City,” The Shutters, Chasing Cars.” The Session concludes with an interview with Snow Patrol.
Live at Red Rocks
Runtime: 54 minThe Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado a legendary venue that has been graced by rock luminaries from The Beatles to U2 provides the awe-inspiring backdrop for Rob Thomas in one of the most memorable stops on his Something To Be Tour. Featuring the multi-platinum recording artist performing 18 hits from his solo career and Matchbox Twenty, this incredible set also includes a special acoustic arrangement of Smooth and a cover of the David Bowie classic Let's Dance.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minChart topping is an understatement for pop-rock band Lifehouse. Since their first album, Lifehouse has appeared on Billboard and Top 40 Charts numerous times. Best known for their top single Hanging by a Moment, and ballad You and Me, which spent a record 60 weeks on Billboards Hot 100 Chart, Lifehouse has gone back to the basics with Who We Are. Jason Wades lyrics address a diverse range of topics audiences can relate with and melodies they can rock to. Lifehouses performance on Soundstage includes the aforementioned hits and Who We Ares twangy lead single First Time.
Front Row Center
Runtime: 55 minThe Grammy Award-winning California rock band celebrates their fifth album, Save Me, San Francisco with highlights including “Hey, Soul Sister,” “If It’s Love,” and “Marry Me,” as well as past hits “Drops of Jupiter” and “Calling All Angels.” One hour.
Jason Mraz's Beautiful Mess - Live on Earth
Runtime: 1 hr 39 minFresh off breaking the record for longest running single on the Billboard Hot 100 (75 weeks and counting), Jason Mraz follows up his platinum selling 2008 release WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS. with a brand new release, JASON MRAZ'S BEAUTIFUL MESS - LIVE ON EARTH. This full-length concert was filmed at Jason's Gratitude Café Tour date at the Charter One Pavilion - Chicago (August 13, 2009). Directed by Darren Doane, JASON MRAZ'S BEAUTIFUL MESS - LIVE ON EARTH includes 3 brand new songs as well as the hits - The Remedy, I'm Yours, and Lucky (with a special guest appearance from Colbie Caillat).
Front Row Center
Runtime: 55 minArmed simply with her dusky vocals and acoustic guitar, this episode highlights her homespun music. In this performance, Colbie Caillat sings her first hit single, “Bubbly,” as well as the love-stricken “Realize.” Caillat continues to impress with her sweet lyrics in “Fallin’ For You” and falls back in love when she performs “I Never Told You.”
Live at Albert Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 26 minLive at the Albert is Robbie Williams' tribute to the swingers. Backed with a full swing band and dancing girls, Robbie smartens up his act with a suit and a smart haircut and croons his way through a wealth of classics.
Live Back Country
Five For Fighting
Runtime: 2 hr 18 minA musician's creative energy is truly captured in their live performance and Five For Fighting's new Live performance showcases just that. Recorded live at The House Of Blues, Five For Fighting's first live release is sprinkled with captivating tales and stories behind many of singer/songwriter John Ondrasik's favorite songs. The live album spans tracks from Five For Fighting's last three albums including their well-known hits ''Superman,'' ''100 Years,'' ''The Riddle,'' and ''Easy Tonight,'' along with many other gems. Finally, the lyrical storyboard of ''California Justice'' and acoustic rendering of ''If God Made You'' brings the performance to full circle.
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minMulti platinum singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw is no stranger to the road, and this live concert event brings home all the action from his sold out summer tour with Colbie Caillat. Filmed in Lancaster, CA in August, this show features Gavin performing hit songs off of his latest album Sweeter, including “Not Over You” and his latest single “Soldier”, plus all his greatest hits: “I Don’t Want To Be”, “Follow Through”, “Chariot” and more. DeGraw says, “I had such a great time on the road this summer, I wanted to share my live show experience with my fans. I hope they love it!”