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James Hillier Blount, better known by his stage name James Blunt, is an English singer-songwriter and former soldier.
James attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as part of the Household Cavalry, rose to the rank of Captain and saw service as part of the NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo. He was called upon to guard the Queen and stood guard at the Queen Mother’s funeral. He left the service in 2002 to pursue a musical career.
By 2004 Blunt was the support act on an Elton John tour and had released his debut single ‘High’. Blunt has since sold over 20 million albums and 17 million singles worldwide. He has received several awards and nominations, having won two Brit Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, two Ivor Novello Awards as well as receiving five Grammy Award nominations.
James performed at the Elton John AIDS Foundation End of summer party in 2014.