British singer/songwriter John Newman recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Newman discussed writing and co-producing his debut album, Tribute, the breakup that inspired the album, and how his hit "Love Me Again" helped him find success in the United States, among other topics.
"To look at where I came from when I started the promotion of 'Love Me Again,' in these tiny little radio stations in the UK … to where I am, [at] the GRAMMYs building today in the middle of L.A. It's incredible," said Newman.
Born in North Yorkshire, UK, Newman was heavily influenced by Motown and Northern soul. After experimenting with soul, hip-hop and house at Leeds College of Music in England, Newman moved to London, where in 2012 he scored his breakthrough hit as a featured artist on Rudimental's "Feel The Love." The dance track topped the UK singles chart and was followed by another hit collaboration with Rudimental, 2012's "Not Giving In," which featured singer Alex Clare and peaked at No. 14.
In 2013 Newman released his chart-topping debut single, "Love Me Again." The track was later featured on his debut studio album, Tribute, which was released on Jan. 7 in the United States. Tribute, which rose to No. 1 in the UK and No. 24 on the Billboard 200, features 11 tracks co-written by Newman, including "Out Of My Head," "Cheating" and "Losing Sleep."
Newman is currently in the midst of an international tour, with dates scheduled through October.