Fresh from winning his first Ivor Novello at this year’s virtual ceremony, Jamie Cullum is throwing himself into the decades-old challenge of creating a timeless festive record. He releases The Pianoman At Christmas on November 20 on Island, with the label curating a cinematic sense of romance and magic throughout every aspect of their campaign.
With a career spanning over two decades plus 10m album sales to his name, it’s only right that Jamie utilises his songwriting skills and inherent love of big band music to pen some original festive tunes. Cullum’s classic keyboard work is perfectly complemented by a symphony of strings, jovial horns and expansive orchestral percussion, finished off with timeless lyrics to reflect the Christmas period.
Heralded by the first single Turn On The Lights, released last week, the holiday album includes 10 original songs which feature no fewer than 57 musicians. The Pianoman At Christmas has been recorded in Abbey Road's famous Studio 2, and was produced by Greg Wells, the mastermind behind The Greatest Showman soundtrack. Some of the world’s most talented musicians have contributed to the record, each of them adding their own sparkle to the recording.
Island marketing manager Joanna Light says, “Jamie announced the album via a virtual showcase to over 450 music industry partners around the world, which went down incredibly well and marked the start of a very special campaign for both Jamie and the team at Island Records. We’ve been working closely with Jamie on all of the creative for the album, which includes the beautiful cover shot of him and his wife, Sophie Dahl – this timeless, filming and romantic feel is woven through all of the campaign creative. It’s super exciting to be kicking off the festive season early; it’s just what 2020 needs. Get ready for a Cullum Christmas!”