Name: James Hillier Blount
Stage name: James Blunt Net Worth
Date of birth: February 22, 1974
Birthplace: Tidworth, Hampshire
Net worth: $18 Million
Profession: Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Military Officer, Songwriter
What is James Blunt’s Net Worth?
James Blunt is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and producer who has a net worth of $18 million. He rose to fame in the mid-2000s with hits like “You’re Beautiful” and “Goodbye My Lover.” His debut album, “Back to Bedlam“, was recorded in 2003 and released in the U.K. a year later. Its first single, “High“, only climbed into the Top 75 after the wildly popular “You’re Beautiful” was released. “You’re Beautiful” was Blunt’s third single, debuting at the 12th spot in the U.K., before claiming the number one position. It topped the charts in the U.S. in 2006, making him the first artist from Britain to reach number one in the United States in almost a decade. His debut album has sold more than eleven million copies around the world and went ten times platinum in Britain. Blunt’s follow-up effort, “All the Lost Souls“, took four days to reach gold status in the U.K. and has sold at least four million copies. Early Life
Blunt was born on February 22, 1974 in Tidworth, Hampshire, England. He was the first of three children to parents Colonel Charles Blount and Jane Ann Farren. His father was an officer and then a pilot and colonel in the Army Air Corps and his mother was the owner of a ski chalet company in France. The Blount family can trace their military lineage to the 10th century when their Danish ancestors originally arrived in England.
Blunt grew up in St. Mary Bourne but his family then moved every two years or so, both within England and around the world, due to his father’s job. He had an interest in motorbikes and airplanes, gaining his pilot’s license at age 16. Additionally, he took piano and violin lessons as a child but then grew more interested in the electric guitar when he was introduced to it at age 14.
He attended the Elstree School in Berkshire and the Harrow School in London. He then enrolled at the University of Bristol to study aerospace manufacturing engineering and sociology. Because his university studies had been sponsored by the army bursary, Blunt was committed to serving at least four years in the armed forces after he completed his bachelor’s degree in 1996. He trained at the Royal Military Academy and then was commissioned into the Life Guards, rising to the rank of captain.
In 1999, he volunteered to join a squadron that was assigned to deploy with NATO to Kosovo. He was part of a troop that was working the front lines in order to locate and target various Serbian forces. While on this mission, Blunt had brought his guitar along and wrote several songs during this time. He extended his military service in November 2000 and was posted to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London as a member of the Queen’s Guard. He then left the army in October of 2002 after having served six years. Music Career
The primary reason that Blunt left the armed forces was to pursue a career in music. He started using the stage name Blunt, changing the spelling of his original name, Blount, in order to make the pronunciation more obvious. He was signed to EMI music publishers soon after leaving the army after someone heard the demo for “Goodbye My Lover.” Blunt landed a record contract with Linda Perry, who was launching Custard Records.