Jamie Alexander Treays (born 8 January 1986), known by his stage name Jamie T, is an English singer-songwriter from Wimbledon, South London.
Treays is currently signed to Virgin Records but has released his Betty and the Selfish Sons EP on his own Pacemaker Records label.
His backing band are called The Pacemakers and has recently been touring, advertising, and releasing material as "Jamie T and The Pacemakers".
In 2014, Jamie released his first album in over 5 years, titled Carry on the Grudge, the comeback being described by the NME as the greatest music moment of 2014.
Early life and education:
Jamie Alexander Treays was born in Wimbledon, South London.
Treays attended the Hall School Wimbledon and then Reed's School in Cobham, Surrey until he was 16 and then went to Richmond upon Thames College in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames for his A-levels.
When he was younger, Treays suffered from panic attacks, hence the name of his first album.
Zane Lowe made "Salvador" his single of the week and "Back in the Game" his Hottest Record in the World. On John Tweddle's show, "Back in the Game" featured as his "Pet Sound" and his single "Sheila" was Jo Whiley's Record of the Week. "Sheila" was also playlisted by BBC Radio 1 thus receiving more airtime across all shows. Jamie's songs received a lot of airplay on XFM throughout 2006, especially "Sheila" and "If You Got The Money".
"Sheila" was released on 29 July 2006. Two videos were made for song; the first video in 2006 consisted of monkeys living in a house and short clips of Jamie singing, while the second video in 2007 features the late actor Bob Hoskins walking along the River Thames lip synching to the lyrics. On 16 October 2006, Jamie released his anthemic tune, "If You Got the Money" which reached #13 in the charts. His next single "Calm Down Dearest" was released in the UK on 15 January 2007 and reached #9, his first top 10 hit.
Panic Prevention (2007):
His debut album Panic Prevention was then released on 29 January 2007.Lily Allen provided backing vocals on the song "Rawhide" the B-side to the re-release of "Sheila" on 7 May 2007.
He performed on the Main Stage on 19 May 2007 in Preston for Radio 1's Big Weekend. He also performed at Glastonbury 2007, Benicassim 2007, Oxegen 2007 (8 July) where he performed at the green room, and Carling Weekend Leeds 2007. He played the 2008 V Festival at the JJB Champion ARENA.
The month of September 2007 Jamie T did a US tour, and on 25 September 2007 he made his US television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly performing "Sheila" and also doing an iTunes Session EP.
"Fire Fire" and "Sticks 'n' Stones" (2009):
On 12 January 2009 a music video appeared on Jamie's website for a new song, "Fire Fire". The track has elements of Jamie's trademark sound but incorporates faster rhythms, a punk aesthetic and a more abrasive sound than previous singles. Jamie T has said to NME "'Fire Fire' won't be released as a single nor will it be on the new album, it is just a thank you for the fans being so patient." He did announce a date for his new single though, "Stick 'N' Stones" EP, which was released on 29 June.
21 May 2009 saw the release of the official video for his single "Sticks 'N' Stones". In an email received by subscribers to his website, Jamie said, "Just a little note to say thanks to everyone who's supporting Sticks 'N' Stones. We just finished shooting a little video for the track the other day, so fresh out the edit room it is here for your enjoyment. It was a lot of fun to make and we hope you like it. Hope to see you all soon... Thanks Jamie". The video was shot almost entirely in the London suburb of Wimbledon, his home town, and features scenes of himself and others, including fellow band members.
On 29 June 2009, Jamie released "Sticks 'N' Stones", the first single from his second album Kings and Queens, as an extended play with three other tracks, "St. Christopher", "On The Green" and "The Dance Of The Young Professionals". "Sticks 'N' Stones" reached no. 15 in the UK singles chart. The song also reached number 14 for 2009 songs on the annual Triple J Hottest 100, one of the largest popularly voted countdowns in the world.
Chaka Demus EP (2009):
Then on 31 August 2009, he released a further EP, the "Chaka Demus EP" which includes the second single taken from Kings & Queens, also called "Chaka Demus". This too features three other songs; "Forget Me Not (The Love I Knew Before I Grew)", "Planning Spontaneity" and "When They Are Gone (For Tim)".
Kings and Queens' (2009):
A week later, on 7 September, second album Kings and Queens was released. This features 11 tracks (plus bonus track "The Curious Sound" featuring Ben Bones, when downloaded from iTunes). Jamie has said that his favourite song in this album is "Emily's Heart" because it reminds him of Emily Evans. After further investigation, it is found that Emily was a former girlfriend. Talking about Kings & Queens, Jamie said "I didn't do my second album. I did my third one instead."
Kings & Queens reached number 2 in the UK Albums chart. After its release Zane Lowe, on his BBC Radio 1 show, declared Kings & Queens his favourite album of 2009, describing the album as "a brilliant, poignant, incredible observational record" and "flawless."
On 25 September 2009, Jamie cancelled his Australian tour, due to laryngitis. Six days later, he postponed the first six shows of his sellout UK tour. A week later, however, Jamie cancelled the entire UK and European tours. A statement on his website informs that all Australian, UK and Europe-scheduled shows were cancelled and since then, all three tours were re-scheduled.
The Man's Machine (2009):
On 26 October, Jamie announced he would be releasing a third EP from the album, The Man's Machine. The four-track EP will consist of "The Man's Machine", "Jenny Can Rely On Me", "Man Not A Monster" and "Believing In Things That Can't Be Done". The Man's Machine EP was released on CD and 12" vinyl on 23 November 2009
A re-recorded version of "Emily's Heart" premiered as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record In The World on 19 January 2010, and it was confirmed as the next single, with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City" serving as the B-side. It was released on 15 March.
On 24 June 2010 Jamie T performed material from the Kings & Queens album at the Engine Shed in Lincoln as a warm-up to his tour. A day later he played the 02 Academy in Liverpool. He then headlined the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury Festival on 26 June 2010.
Carry on the Grudge (2014):
In December 2012, Tim Timebomb released 'Wrongful Suspicion', featuring Jamie T, on to YouTube, before an iTunes release the following month.
Jamie T played his first gigs for four years in July 2014, three small gigs in Glasgow, Liverpool and Portsmouth. Around the same time a new single, "Don't You Find", made its debut on BBC Radio 1, chosen by Zane Lowe as his "Hottest Record in the World". In September 2014 his third album, entitled Carry on the Grudge, was released.
Treays beat Jarvis Cocker and Thom Yorke to win the Best Solo Artist at the 2007 Shockwave NME Awards.
On 17 July 2007, Jamie T's debut album Panic Prevention was shortlisted as one of the 12 nominees for the Mercury Prize. Panic Prevention has also received frequent name-checks in the 'best albums of the decade' lists, including: #13 out of 50 in Observer Music Monthly and #53 out of 100 in NME magazine.
Jamie T won the Best Solo Artist award at the 2007 and 2010 NME Awards. In 2015 he was awarded a further three accolades by NME, Best Song for Zombie was one.
He has been nicknamed "one man Arctic Monkey".Canvas Magazine have described him as "like the bastard lovechild of Billy Bragg and Mike Skinner doing his best Joe Strummer impression".
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