Allow us to introduce you to Jamie Lawson. Jamie is a singer/songwriter from the UK, and the first artist to be signed to Ed Sheeran's label Gingerbread Man Records. Jamie has an amazing single out called "Wasn't Expecting That," and a brand new, just-released self-titled album.
Ed helped to introduce Jamie by interviewing him during a recent visit to iHeartRadio HQ in New York City. They talked about everything including Jamie's spirit animal, his biggest fear, what his first impression of Ed was, his biggest influences, and more. Check it out below:
Check out what else Jamie had to say about his new album and working with Ed Sheeran below:
Jamie Lawson on the making of his new self-titled album
"It's, a group of songs that seem to fit together very well. The sound of it, the whole feel of it is just me trying to make this really warm, open, inviting record that people can come and relax in. We made it over a couple of weeks in May, we got twelve days to make the record, which is unheard of these days, but it really focused you in only doing what was right. There wasn't any time to play around, so you just had to know what you wanted to do, and do that and it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it."
Jamie adds, "I wanted to make an album that you could put on and leave on."
On this new album is his single "Wasn't Expecting That," which was actually originally included on a previous album of his by the same name. The song was re-released after being singed to Ed Sheeran's label, and including on his new self-titled release.
On the meaning behind his single "Wasn't Expecting That"
"The song 'Wasn't Expecting That,' which is my new single, is really a couple, and from the moment they meet, to the moment they part, and the whole life that goes in between it, and how each stage of the love that they have for each other takes you aback, takes you by surprise, and how beautiful that is. I consider it a happy song, but I know it has a sad ending, so I'm sorry about that."
Jamie is the first artist to be signed to Ed Sheeran's label, and Jamie tells us that it's "a real honor and a huge compliment coming from someone as successful as he is." He adds that he's very grateful."
On the best thing about working with Ed Sheeran
"The best thing about working with Ed is the fact that he really just lets me get on with doing what I do. His whole philosophy in signing me was 'The best person to make a Jamie Lawson record was Jamie Lawson.' That meant a lot. It meant I could just go and make the record I wanted to make, and then he would put it out to the world, which is pretty much what he's done."
So, aside from the fact that Jamie is insanely talented, here is why you should listen to his new album -- it's a literal musical hug from Jamie himself. And who doesn't love hugs?!
On what he wants fans to take away from his new album, Jamie Lawson
"The main thing I want people to take from this album is a sense of comfort. I wanted it to be like a big hug of an album. Something that you could embrace, and it seems kind of old fashioned or out of place in today's music. That sense of wanting to give some love, but that's what I was aiming for. Whether I managed that, I don't know, but, you'll have to decide for yourself!"
Check out the music video for Jamie Lawson's "Wasn't Expecting That" below!