You’ve probably danced along to some of the his hits, but there’s still some things you don’t know about vocalist, John Newman. Don’t worry, HollywoodLife.com has you covered!
Rumor has it that Calvin Harris, 32, is planning to release a diss track about his ex-girlfriend, Taylor Swift, 26. And the mastermind behind this record is singer-songwriter, John Newman, 26. But before the single drops on July 8th, let’s get familiar with the vocalist. Here’s what you need to know!
1. Rudimental gave John his big break.
While working as a barman at The Silver Bullet bar in Finsbury Park, London, John made friends with Piers Agget, the keyboardist of the English group, Rudimental. In 2013, two years after their friendship began, the two hopped in the studio to record the hit anthem, “Feel The Love.” The single quickly skyrocketed to the number one spot on the charts and just like that, John’s career had started. Amazing!
2. He and Calvin Harris have have recorded music with each other before.
The forthcoming Taylor diss track will not be the first time Calvin and John have worked together. In fact, the dynamic duo has recorded one other song! The 2014 single, “Blame,” is the anthem that started it all. And they’ve been creating magic ever since!
3. John has written for a number of hot artists besides Calvin.
Calvin isn’t the only star to benefit from John’s exceptional songwriting! John has also written for a number of hot recording artists, including Jessie J, The Cab, and Olly Murs.
4. John was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness in 2012.
Shortly before John recorded “Feel The Love” with Rudimental, the singer was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He soon began experience symptoms of the tumor. “I started going blind. But being Northern, I just thought, ‘I’m fine, I’ll just need some glasses,'” he told the London’s Evening Standard. “I went to the opticians, and they sent me to the eye hospital. They sent me to a neurosurgeon and they told me I had a non-cancerous tumor and they had to take it out. I was starting to shake, I was so scared. My girlfriend at the time put the radio on and (it) played ‘Feel The Love,’ which I had totally forgotten about because I had so much on. I burst out laughing and said, ‘This is ridiculous.’ It was perfect timing.”
5. The singer has been nominated for 3 BRIT Awards.
John isn’t just a hit-maker; he’s an award-nominated one! Since his start only three years ago, John has been nominated for 3 BRIT Awards. That’s incredible! It’s only a matter of time before he nabs a win.
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