John William Peter Newman (born 16 June 1990) is an English
musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. He is best known for
the track "Love Me Again" which peaked at number one on the UK Singles
Chart in July 2013 as well as co-writing and singing on Rudimental's
2012 singles "Feel the Love" and "Not Giving In", which peaked at
number one and number 14 on the chart, respectively. In 2014, he
featured in the
Calvin Harris single "Blame" which topped the UK
At the 2014 Brit Awards, Newman was nominated for three Brit Awards,
including for British Male Solo Artist. As of February 2014, Newman
has sold over 1.3 million records in the UK alone.
1 Early life and career
2 Music career
2.1 2012: Breakthrough
2.2 2013–14: Tribute
2.3 2014–present: Revolve and upcoming third studio album
3 Awards and nominations
4 Other writer credits
6.1 Opening act
8 External links
Early life and career
John William Peter Newman was born in Settle in the Yorkshire Dales
and attended Settle College. When Newman was six, his father left the
family, leaving his mother Jackie, his older brother James, and him
with a pound a day. In his youth Newman was influenced by Motown
and Stax that he heard via his mother. He was also influenced by the
Northern soul sound, which also influenced his dance style. Many over
30s from Settle would leave on a weekend to go to
Northern soul nights
all over Yorkshire. He started playing guitar and writing his own
songs at the age of 14 and soon learned how to record and produce
himself, even making his own house tracks and DJing.
At the age of sixteen, Newman moved to
Leeds and it was here that he
developed his voice and sound. It was whilst he was in
Leeds that two
of his best friends (both involved in professional downhill mountain
biking) died in a car crash. Newman said, "In that first year of
moving to Leeds, instead of being sat with books all over the library
desk and studying music, I actually studied it in a totally different
way.... because of what I was going through, and I was getting smashed
every night and enjoying the student life but then sitting with a
guitar and crying all night writing music." It was whilst in Leeds
that he also found other people who appreciated
Motown and Stax music
and a time that Newman said "matured me in a musical way so much, I
was writing pop music and now I feel like I'm writing music that I
love and can really attach to."
At the age of twenty, Newman moved to London, started a band, played
live and was signed to Island Records. While working at The Silver
Bullet bar, he made friends with Piers Agget, one fourth of
Rudimental. He released "Cheating" as a download song and plays an
acoustic version of the track at gigs.
In May 2012 John Newman was featured on Rudimental's single "Feel the
Love". The single peaked at number one on the
UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart in
early June 2012; the song was also a top 5 hit in Australia, Belgium,
Netherlands and New Zealand. The song has since been certified 2x
Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The song
was also featured in the 2012 video game Need for Speed: Most Wanted
and is used in 2013 promotional advertising for Foxtel Australia. The
song used the promo of MTV Latin America's The Pauly D Project. In
November 2012 he featured on Rudimental's follow-up single, "Not
Giving In", which peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart, the
song was also a top 20 hit in Australia and New Zealand. It came in at
number 16 in the 2012 Triple J Hottest 100, announced on Australia Day
2013. It was featured in the first episode of season three of Teen
Main article: Tribute (John Newman album)
In June 2013 John Newman released his debut single "Love Me Again" as
the lead single from his debut studio album. In an interview with
Digital Spy, Newman was asked if he sensed that the song had something
special about it in the studio. He said, "Yeah. The guy I wrote it
with, we turned around and had massive grins on our faces thinking,
'There's something good here'. But you just never know how good it is,
you know?". Newman was also asked if it was hard to write the lyrics
about love and break-up; he responded: "No, it's the only place where
I really open up to somebody, through my music. I'm producing [the
album] and writing it, it's good. I like to keep a hold of
everything". The song peaked at number one on the UK Singles
Chart. The song was also a top 10 hit in more than 10 countries
including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, New
Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland. It was also featured on the
soundtrack of FIFA 14. In mid-2013 a remix of "Love Me Again" was
released by DJ and record producer "Kove", and received major airplay
on EDM channels, including Sirius XM's BPM. On 6 October 2013, Newman
released "Cheating" as the second single from Tribute. The song peaked
at number 9 on the UK Singles Chart. The song has also charted in
Belgium and Ireland. Tribute was released on 14 October 2013.
Digital Spy about the album he said: "I was going through a
pretty bad break-up while I was making the album and I felt the title
really needed to resonate. This record is a culmination of my life to
this point; it's who I am and I wanted to thank everyone who has
helped, supported, loved me and been an inspiration to me. I'm so
proud of this album, it expresses me as a producer, as a songwriter
and an artist, and I can't wait for people to hear it." On 20
October 2013, the album entered the
UK Albums Chart
UK Albums Chart at number one.
Talking to the
Official Charts Company
Official Charts Company Newman said: "It’s such an
amazing thing for an artist to have a number one album, especially on
a debut. It means so much to me and I just want to say thank you to
everyone who has supported me and helped make this happen. Can't wait
to see everyone on tour next week!" In December 2013, he released
"Losing Sleep" as the third single from the album. That same
month, Newman made several appearances on Jools' Holland's Annual
Hootenanny on the BBC, performing solo, with Rudimental, and with
Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. Also in December 2013,
"Love Me Again" entered the top 40 charts in Canada and the United
States. He was nominated for three Brit Awards, including British Male
Solo Artist and British Single of the Year, at the 2014 Brit
2014–present: Revolve and upcoming third studio album
In August 2014, Newman stated in an interview that he is "ready to
move on to album two", stating that he's "got all the concepts, all
the artwork, [he's] done all the marketing and release strategies and
video ideas for the songs [he's] got." Newman is featured on
Calvin Harris' single "Blame", which was released 7 September 2014. It
debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. On 1 June 2015, Newman
released "Come and Get It", the first single from his second studio
album. The song is featured on the soundtrack of Madden NFL 16.
Newman's second studio album Revolve, was released on 16 October
In July 2016, Newman released the song, "Olé", as the lead single
from his forthcoming third studio album. In March 2018, he also
released "Fire in Me".
Awards and nominations
Best British Single
"Feel the Love" (ft. Rudimental)
Premios 40 Principales
Best International New Act
Best International Video
"Love Me Again"
UK Music Video Awards
Best Dance Video - UK
"Not Giving In" (ft.
Alex Clare & Rudimental)
British Male Solo Artist
"Love Me Again"
Other writer credits
"Feel the Love"
"Not Giving In"
"Lock Me Up"
Lock Me Up
"Stick With Me"
Never Been Better
In It to Win It
"Unknown (To You)"
"Never Let You Go"
Kids In Love
Chase and Status
"Til I'm Done"
Main article: John Newman discography
Ellie Goulding's Delirium World Tour
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