Award-winning singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson releases his fifth studio album The Years In Between, OUT NOW via Gingerbread Man Records/ADA. His most collaborative album to date, Jamie worked with celebrated co-writers and friends, writing and recording the tracks whilst supporting Ed Sheeran on a mammoth 46-date UK and EU stadium tour. Listen to the album here.
Speaking of the new album, Jamie said: “It turns out with a tour the size of Ed’s you get a lot of days off, so I used that time on the road to rehearse new songs with the band, get in some studios and see what happened. As a result, parts of this album were recorded in Slane, South Shields, Berlin and the amazing La Frette Studios just outside Paris where Nick Cave and Arctic Monkeys have recorded. Everything was brought together in Dublin’s Camden Studios under the watchful eye of producer Ruadhri Cushnan. In many ways this is the most collaborative album I’ve made so far. From working with my band on the early demos, co-writing nearly every song and then working with Ruadhri and his musicians in Dublin, it’s been a fascinating process to come up with an album in this way and feel it’s still very much me.”
Themes of artistic struggle and doubt are evident on Chasing, written in Nashville with Natalie Hemby and KS Rhodes. Together, they wrote the Nashville way: producing a constant stream of ideas, melody after melody, until inspiration strikes. Proclamations of love and kindness during politically-charged times permeate These Troubled Times and Where Have All The Good Vibrations Gone, the latter of which was written with Turin Brakes. Old friends of Jamie’s, they’ve crossed paths since the beginning of their respective journeys and this full circle moment sees the band support him with backing vocals and a writing credit.
The album closes with one of the most personal songs Jamie has written. On album title track The Years In Between he reminisces on the time between his father’s death (he sadly passed away when Jamie was just 19) and the present day, touching on what could have been. The resulting heartfelt and personal track is the perfect coda to a collection of songs Jamie feels best represents where he is as an artist today.
Alongside Ollie Green (co-writer of the album’s first single, The Answer), Jamie’s album writing partners include Jamie Scott (Jess Glynne, Rudimental, Niall Horan), Natalie Hemby (Kacey Musgraves), Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello) and Matty Benbrook (Paolo Nutini, Lewis Capaldi). The album was produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes) at Dublin’s Camden Recording Studios.
In his armoury, Jamie holds an international hit single, a Number One album, an Ivor Novello Award, 238 million combined digital streams, 28 million YouTube views, and a huge social media following. As the first signing to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records, his single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ became a hit around the world, selling over a million copies worldwide.
This year will see Jamie play twenty shows across the UK & EU, stopping off at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on May 2nd. Fans can secure tickets here.
2019 looks set to be yet another incredibly exciting year for the singer-songwriter.