A throwback to chatting with a hero of mine @billyjoel 🙌 #ThrowbackThursday
Into my 9th year of presenting on @bbcradio2... it’s been enriching in ways I couldn’t possibly have anticipated. Thank you, as ever for continuing to listen in all around the world. Going live in an hour, tune in!
You have until Sunday to get hold of the limited edition Song Society Tees...being worn here by my most excellent wife. Link in my stories!
Who's ready for some live shows this year? Drop your countries flag in the comments below... 🇬🇧 ⬇
Happy new year everyone. Grateful for this wise and beautiful woman who is captured here with me in a brief moment away from holiday chaos. Much love to you all and see you on the other side. Jx 📸@hassanakkad
Goals for 2019 very much reflected in my year 1 school report - “Jamie’s sense of pitch and rhythm continues to improve” I hope you’re all having a peaceful time. #schoolreport #goals
Brick (Ben Folds Five). This is a song, from an album (Whatever and ever Amen) that made me want to play, sing and write songs behind the piano at 16 yrs old. Whilst learning it I realised how significant the repetitive piano riff is behind the song's verse, Merry Christmas!
The penultimate Song Society track and it’s a new one… River by Joni Mitchell. Hoping this one keeps you in the Christmas mood as the big day edges ever closer. Have a wonderful day! Link in bio.
The Miseducation of Ms. Lauryn Hill is a watershed album for me and I've messed around with the song Ex Factor for years. I love @champagnepapi (obviously) and this 'Nice for What' track which uses snippets of Lauryn's classic. I thought I would challenge myself to have a crack at a mashup of the two. Link in bio. #TheSongSociety
Can't Feel My Face - This song entered my brain by osmosis though I've been a fan of @theweeknd since the early mixtape and after reading that Abel Tesfaye grew up listening to Mulatu Astatke. I heard it everywhere over the summer and felt like I could play before I had even learned it. I was wrong. Link in bio.
“The place where lost things go” - The new @marypoppinsreturns film is superb and has some incredible new songs in it. Including this heartbreaking song which I fell in love with immediately. This is gold plated songwriting! Link in bio. #TheSongSociety
Uptown Funk - @MarkRonson ft. @BrunoMars. We had about 30mins left and jammed this out. The rising bassline into the chorus is where it's at for me in this one. Oh yeah, and I once again got confused for Bruno Mars the other day. Firstly, he would never have bedhead like that. Secondly, all short men do not look the same. I’ve got a brand new cover coming tomorrow… any guesses? #TheSongSociety
PILLOWTALK by @Zayn. I didn't click with the song straight away but it was hard to get away from, this song was everywhere! I heard my wife singing it so prettily and I thought I should have a crack at it. Link in bio! #TheSongSociety
Who me? Oh, just casually hanging out in the studio wearing a limited edition Song Society t-shirt... link in my stories!
We decided to base this version off a blues riff like the song Wayfaring Stranger which I heard @teddysphotos do years ago to complete the cycle of influences! Ridiculous musicianship on display here, as ever from @lozgarrattbass and @bradwebbperson #TheSongSociety
I Took A Pill In Ibiza by @mikeposner x @Seeb. You can practically hear me learning this one as I play it! It’s super rough but we caught a vibe you know? #TheSongSoceity
One of the early Song Society covers, What Do You Mean by @justinbieber. Every single sound you hear on this one made by me, in a variety of ways with the piano. Link in bio. #TheSongSociety
I didn't pick the easiest of songs with this one... but it's a favourite of mine! By the legend himself Frank Ocean. Also a good opportunity to practice my falsetto... @blonded Link in my bio!#TheSongSociety