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With his appealingly lazy hip-hop vocal phrasing and his eclectic bedroom D.I.Y. musical palette, Jamie T. comes across at times like the mutant love child of the Streets' Mike Skinner and Badly Drawn Boy's Damon Gough. His clever pop sense is his own, however, and keeps the young South Londoner from sounding like a mash-up of his influences, which range from vintage Jamaican ska to the Beastie Boys, via Tina Turner and the Clash. Born Jamie Treays (roughly, "TREE-yay") in Wimbledon in 1986, Jamie T. grew up in multicultural London, absorbing a variety of musical styles while attempting to create his own. Abandoning the guitar as too difficult to play while singing, Jamie T. first picked up the electric bass before a friend gifted him with a hand-me-down standup acoustic model. While playing solo bass-and-vocals gigs, Jamie T. also started recording his own one-man band home tracks, eventually debuting with the "Salvador" 7" single in 2004, followed by the Betty & the Selfish Sons EP, both on his own Pacemaker Records imprint. Alongside gigs with increasingly hot London acts like the Mystery Jets, Jamie T. got an instant leg up when Damon Albarn chose him to remix the Gorillaz single "Kids with Guns." Signing to Gorillaz label, Virgin, Jamie T. put together a full-band lineup for live gigs and released two more singles in 2006, "Sheila" and "If You've Got the Money," as he prepared his debut album, Panic Prevention, released in early 2007. The single "Calm Down Dearest" reached number nine in the U.K. that year. After touring and festival slots during 2007 and 2008, he returned to the charts in mid-2009 with the single "Sticks 'n' Stones," a teaser for his second album, Kings & Queens, released in September. It did his debut two slots better, peaking at number two in the British charts.
Jamie Alexander Treays (born 8 January 1986), known by his stage name Jamie T, is an English singer-songwriter from Wimbledon, South London.
Early life 
Jamie Alexander Treays was born in Wimbledon, South-West London. He attended The Hall School Wimbledon and then Reed's School in Cobham, Surrey, England until he was 16 and then went to Richmond Upon Thames College for his A-Levels. When he was younger he used to suffer from panic attacks, hence the name of his first album.
He is currently signed to Virgin Records, but released his Betty and the Selfish Sons EP on his own Pacemaker Records label. His backing band are called The Pacemakers and he has lately been touring, advertising and releasing material as "Jamie T and The Pacemakers".
Zane Lowe made "Salvador" his single of the week and "Back in the Game" his Hottest Record in the World. On John Tweddle's show, "Back in the Game" featured as his "Pet Sound" and his single "Sheila" was Jo Whiley's Record of the Week. "Sheila" was also playlisted by BBC Radio 1 thus receiving more airtime across all shows. Jamie's songs received a lot of airplay on XFM throughout 2006, especially "Sheila" and "If You Got The Money".
"Sheila" was released on 29 July 2006. Two videos were made for song; the first video in 2006 consisted of monkeys living in a house and short clips of Jamie singing, while the second video in 2007 features actor Bob Hoskins walking along the River Thames lip synching to the lyrics. On 16 October 2006, Jamie released his anthemic tune, "If You Got the Money" which reached #13 in the charts. His next single "Calm Down Dearest" was released in the UK on 15 January 2007 and reached #9, his first top 10 hit. His debut album Panic Prevention was then released on 29 January 2007. Lily Allen provided backing vocals on the song "Rawhide" the B-side to the re-release of "Sheila" on 7 May 2007.
He performed on the Main Stage on 19 May 2007 in Preston for Radio 1's Big Weekend. He also performed at Glastonbury 2007, Benicassim 2007, Oxegen 2007 (8 July) where he performed at the green room, and Carling Weekend Leeds 2007. He played the 2008 V Festival at the JJB Champion ARENA.
The month of September 2007 Jamie T did a US tour, and on 25 September 2007 he made his US television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly performing "Sheila" and also doing an iTunes Session EP.
On 12 January 2009 a music video appeared on Jamie's website for a new song, "Fire Fire". The track has elements of Jamie's trademark sound but incorporates faster rhythms, a punk aesthetic and a more abrasive sound than previous singles. Jamie T has said to NME "'Fire Fire' won't be released as a single nor will it be on the new album, it is just a thank you for the fans being so patient." He did announce a date for his new single though, "Stick 'N' Stones" EP, which was released on 29 June.
21 May 2009 saw the release of the official video for his single "Sticks 'N' Stones". In an email received by subscribers to his website, Jamie said, “Just a little note to say thanks to everyone who’s supporting Sticks ‘N’ Stones. We just finished shooting a little video for the track the other day, so fresh out the edit room it is here for your enjoyment. It was a lot of fun to make and we hope you like it. Hope to see you all soon... Thanks Jamie”. The video was shot almost entirely in the London suburb of Wimbledon, his home town, and features scenes of himself and others, including fellow band members.
On 29 June 2009, Jamie released "Sticks 'N' Stones", the first single from his second album Kings and Queens, as an extended play with three other tracks, "St. Christopher", "On The Green" and "The Dance Of The Young Professionals". "Sticks 'N' Stones" reached no. 15 in the UK singles chart. The song also reached number 14 for 2009 songs on the annual Triple J Hottest 100, one of the largest popularly voted countdowns in the world.
Then on 31 August 2009, he released a further EP, the "Chaka Demus EP" which includes the second single taken from Kings & Queens, also called "Chaka Demus". This too features three other songs; "Forget Me Not (The Love I Knew Before I Grew)", "Planning Spontaneity" and "When They Are Gone (For Tim)".
A week later, on 7 September, second album Kings and Queens was released. This features 11 tracks (plus bonus track "The Curious Sound" featuring Ben Bones, when downloaded from iTunes). Jamie has said that his favourite song in this album is "Emily's Heart" because it reminds him of Emily Evans. After further investigation, it is found that Emily was a former girlfriend. Talking about Kings & Queens, Jamie said "I didn’t do my second album. I did my third one instead."
Kings & Queens reached number 2 in the UK Albums chart. After its release Zane Lowe, on his BBC Radio 1 show, declared Kings & Queens his favourite album of 2009, describing the album as “a brilliant, poignant, incredible observational record” and “flawless.”
On 25 September 2009, Jamie cancelled his Australian tour, due to laryngitis. Six days later, he postponed the first six shows of his sellout UK tour. A week later, however, Jamie cancelled the entire UK and European tours. A statement on his website informs that all Australian, UK and Europe-scheduled shows were cancelled and since then, all three tours were re-scheduled.
On 26 October, Jamie announced he would be releasing a third EP from the album, The Man's Machine. The four track EP will consist of "The Man’s Machine", "Jenny Can Rely On Me", "Man Not A Monster" and "Believing In Things That Can’t Be Done". The Man’s Machine EP was released on CD and 12" vinyl on 23 November 2009
A re-recorded version of "Emily's Heart" premiered as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record In The World on 19 January 2010, and it was confirmed as the next single, with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City" serving as the B-side. It was released on 15 March.
On 24 June 2010 Jamie T performed material from the Kings & Queens album at the Engine Shed in Lincoln as a warm-up to his tour. A day later he played the 02 Academy in Liverpool. He then headlined the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury Festival on 26 June 2010.
In April 2012 the NME reported that Jamie T's record label informed them that he was "in the studio working on new material" when questioned. Further evidence of Jamie T's forthcoming return came when Luis from Jamie's band The Pacemakers mentioned Jamie T's forthcoming third album on the Jamie T fan forum.
On 18 December 2012, Tim Timebomb released 'Wrongful Suspicion' featuring Jamie T with vocal/chorus on to YouTube. It has been released on to iTunes on 22 January 2013. This has broken the singer's long silence in which he was last heard almost three years ago with the single 'Emily's Heart'.
Treays beat Jarvis Cocker and Thom Yorke to win the Best Solo Artist at the 2007 Shockwave NME Awards.
On 17 July 2007, Jamie T's debut album Panic Prevention was shortlisted as one of the 12 nominees for the Mercury Prize. Panic Prevention has also received frequent name-checks in the ‘best albums of the decade’ lists, including: #13 out of 50 in Observer Music Monthly and #53 out of 100 in NME magazine.
Jamie T won the Best Solo Artist award at the 2007 and 2010 NME Awards.
Musical style 
He has been nicknamed "one man Arctic Monkey". Canvas Magazine have described him as "like the bastard lovechild of Billy Bragg and Mike Skinner doing his best Joe Strummer impression".