James Gillespie - Impressive Facts You Didn't Know

James Gillespie – 16 Impressive Facts You Didn’t Know

James Gillespie is fast becoming one of the UK’s rising stars. His raspy vocal quality and bluesy melodies became a viral sensation back in 2017 with the release of his debut single “What You Do”.

We have found 16 impressive facts about James Gillespie that we wanted to share with you.

When He Writes A New Song, He’s Involved With Every Part Of The Process

When James is writing a new song, he writes, co-produces, co-mixes and even draws the artwork for the cover. He has said if you let someone else do it, you lose a part of the song.

His Songs Are All About Personal Events

James says he only writes about stuff that’s either happened to him or he’s dreamed about.

He Likes To Drink Rum When He’s Songwriting

James has said it allows him to say things he’d normally be too shy to admit.

He Used To Be A Busker

Before he became famous, James Gillespie used to be a busker. He says he started with 5 songs and kept adding to them. He would add music to poetry and create a song.

Pink Asked Him To Perform His Cover Of Her Song On Her German Tour

After James released his cover version of Pink’s song “Don’t Let Me Get Me” she contacted him and asked if he wanted to come and perform it with her as part of her German tour. Around a week before the show, someone on her team asked him if he’d like to open for her and play for around half an hour. He then got an Email asking him to perform with Pink at the V Festival.

Elton John Is A Fan Of James Gillepsie

At the premier of Elton John’s movie Rocketman, he told James “I love your music and play it on my show all the time”. 

He Was Born In England, Raised In Scotland And Lived In Spain

James was born in England and raised in Scotland until he was around 16 when he went to Spain. Travelling non-stop until he got to Fuerteventura when he was swimming in the sea daily, and playing in a little bar 5 minutes from the beach. 

He Is An Avid Snowboarder

When he has the time, James likes to snowboard. He used to go snowboarding 3 or 4 times a year.

He Designs His Own Tattoos

James includes a piece of his own art with every CD, so it’s obvious he draws, but did you know he designs his own tattoos.

He Played His First Venue As A Stand In

James started his career by busking outside music venues, and one day someone came out of the venue and said, our support act has let us down at the last minute, will you come and do the opening set.

He Loves Playing Fortnite In His Downtime

When James isn’t performing, songwriting, recording or snowboarding he likes to play the video game, Fortnite.

He Hustled His Way Into A Music Lineup In France

While living in France, James convinced promoters he was a big deal in Scotland. He said he knew he wouldn’t have been taken seriously unless he had some sort of proof he could perform. He says he lied, and that’s how he got his first gig, first recordings and the reason he is signed today.

He Recorded 38 Songs In 1 Day

Operator Records booked James into a studio for 1 day and he recorded 38 songs. He said they asked for a demo which he never had, so they booked the studio and told him to record whatever he had written – Which was 38 songs, and he managed to get them all done in just one day.

He Lived In A Spanish Monastery

When James was young, he got into some trouble in Scotland and fled to a Spanish monastery where he stayed for 8 Euros per night.

He Likes To Play Golf

James says he plays golf but he’s “not sure I’m that talented at it”.

He Has A Sweet Tooth

James has said that he “loves strawberry liquorice”.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where was James Gillespie born?

James Gillespie was born in England but raised in Scotland.

Which James Gillespie song do the lines “We been tryin’ too hard now, Livin’ life for the weekend nights” come from?

The James Gillespie song that the lines “We been tryin’ too hard now, Livin’ life for the weekend nights” comes from”Someday Sundays” taken from the album “Safe”..

Is it true that James Gillespie onced lived in a Spanish monastery?

It is true that James Gillespie onced lived in a Spanish monastery.

Which Pink Song Did James Gillespie cover?

The Pink song that James Gillespie covered is “Don’t Let Me Get Me”.

What did James Gillespie do before becoming a famous singer?

Before he was a famous singer, James Gillespie was a busker.

What sweets does James Gillespie love?

James Gillespie loves strawberry liquorice.

When he’s not performing or recording, what hobby does James Gillespie enjoy?

When he’s not performing or recording James Gillespie likes to go snowboarding. He averages 3 to 4 times per year. He also likes to play golf.

Which James Gillespie song contains the lines “No work, no worries here, Everything’s for free, When the world turns upside down, You should blame it on me”

The James Gillespie song that contains the lines “No work, no worries here, Everything’s for free, When the world turns upside down, You should blame it on me” is “What You Do”taken from the album”Safe”.

Which video game does James Gillespie play and is a fan of?

The video game that James Gillespie plays and is a fan of is Fortnite.

Who designs James Gillespie’s album covers?

James Gillespie’s album covers are designed by himself. James is an avid artist and says designing the album sleeves is all part of the creative process.

How many songs did James Gillespie record in 1 day in the studio booked for him by Operator Records?

When Operator records booked a studio for a day for James Gillespie, they told him to record all that he had, which was 38 songs.

Which artist featured James Gillespie on his 2021 single?

Kygo featured James Gillespie on his 2021 single “Gone Are The Days”.

Which James Gillespie song contains the lines “You’re a sucker for pain, And I’m a fool for you”?

The James Gillespie song that contains the lines “You’re a sucker for pain, And I’m a fool for you” is “ICFTI” taken from the album “Safe”.

Which singer features on James Gillespie’s song “Someday Sunday”?

The singer that features on James Gillespie’s song “Someday Sunday” is Natti Shiner from the band “Fickle Friends”.

Do You Know Any More?

That’s our 16 impressive facts about James Gillespie, do you know any more? Please let us know in the comments section.

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