|Sir James Harrison|
James Harrison in 2012.
|Birth name||James Steven Harrison|
|Born||6 February 1981 (1972-10-17) (age 32)|
Burton upon Trent, England
|Also known as||Lord of Pop|
|Genres||Hip Hop, RnB, Rap, Pop|
|Occupations||Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer, Actor, Executive Producer, Director, TV Presenter|
|Associated acts||JAT, Girls Aloud, Katie Harrison, Louise Harrison, Sophie Harrison, Steve Brookstein, Shayne Ward, Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Joe McElderry, Matt Cardle, Little Mix, Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow, Ne-Yo, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Professor Green, Labrinth, The Saturdays, Edurne, Jennifer Lopez, Will.I.Am, Dappy, Tulisa, Pixie Lott, Cher Lloyd, JLS, Michael Jackson, Psy, Rita Ora|
Sir James Steven Harrison KBE, CBE, KG, KCVO, CH, GCVO (born 6 February 1981) is an English singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, executive producer, director and TV presenter. He is best known for being a member of boy band JAT. He has also set up his own record company with his band members and called it JAT Records.
Harrison was born in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire, England. He grew up with nine younger siblings. Harrison made his first TV appearance in 1987.
Despite setting up a band in 1994 JAT didn't release an album until 1996 and Harrison released solo album in 1995. James set up a band whilst in Year 8 at high school with mates Thomas Atcherley, Andrew Collins, Jake Wyss and Ryan Wilson. They brought out their first song Earthquake in 1996. In 1997 Harrison set up a record company called JAT Records. In 2002 he signed up newly formed girl group Girls Aloud. He stated in 2002 after signing the girls up "I feel that adding these young, fresh girls to my record company could turn out to be a fantastic addition". As he tried to improve the girls musical career he worked along side them hoping to earn Top 10 hits. He did a re-mix of Girls Aloud number 4 hit Biology in 2010 which went to Number 1, this turned out to be the 10th number 1 Harrison had earnt whilst working with Girls Aloud. His first was Sound of the Underground which he wrote.
James has wrotre all their songs some he wrote by himself some with other members of the band. Up until 2011 he wrote all of Girls Aloud's songs. He wrote Girls Alouds songs he said he did quite well with songs and they were very successful. 22 of the 27 songs reached number 1 and all reached the top 5. Harrison stated in a news conference "I feel that the girls are easily capable of writing their own songs and I am giving them chance if they need me to come back and help them I will but this is a major opportunity for them to show what they can do without me".
After Girls Aloud released Power Mad he said "I knew they were capable of releasing songs that would reach the huge levels I helped them with but this album is amazing well done girls. You deserve all the plaudits you're getting I am really proud nicely done".
- Antidote (1995)
- Through the Eye of the Storm (1998)
- My Dream (2003)
- Harro & Guests (2008)
- Jíano (2010)
- The Journey (2012)
- Snake Eyes (2013)
- My Eurovision Favourites (2012)
- The Best Ever (But Not JAT) (2012)
- My History Part I (2013)
- My History Part II (2014)
Harrison has brought many companies he already owned JAT Records Ltd. but added more to it over the years.
- JAT Records Ltd., Harrison started up this company and owns a 85% stake.
- BBC, Harrison bought the company in 2012 for around £5.2 Billion.
- Samsung, Harrison bought the company in 2010 for an undisclosed fee estimated at £4.4 Billion.
- Nationwide Building Society, Harrison bought the company in 2007 for around £3 Billion.
- Burton Albion F.C., Harrison bought the club in 2012 for around £150 Million.
- FC Inter Milan, Harrison bought the club in 2007 for an estimated £700 Million.
Honours & Awards
TV & Film Career
|1987||Assassination||6 Year Old Child|
|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Porky Pig (voice)|
|1989||Born on the Fourth of July||Young Child|
|1990||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||The Shredder (voice)|
|1992||1492: The Conquest of Paradise||Pinzón's Son|
|1999||At First Sight||Phil Webster|
|1999||Walking Across Egypt||Robert Rigsbee|
|2001||Pearl Harbour||First Lieutenant Rafe McCawley|
|2001||The Affair of the Necklace||King Louis XVI|
|2003||Biker Boyz||Soul Train|
|2003||Freddy vs. Jason||Jason Voorhees|
|2006||United 93||Tom Burnett|
|2007||There Will Be Blood||H.W.|
|2008||Kung Fu Panda||Tai Lung (voice)|
|2008||Iron Man||Obadiah Stane|
|2009||Friday the 13th||Jason Voorhees|
|2009||Avatar||Colonel Miles Quaritch|
|2009||The Hangover||Dr. Stu Price|
|2009||The Hurt Locker||Sergant First Class William James|
|2010||Leap Year||Jack Brady|
|2012||Valkayrie II: The Return of Valkayrie||Valkayrie|
|2012||The Hunt for Jesse James||Jesse James|
|2012||Searching for Eden||Mark Jones|
|2012||The Hunger Games||Peeta Mellark|
|2013||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||Peeta Mellark|
|2014||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I||Peeta Mellark|
|2015||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II||Peeta Mellark|
|2016||James Bond 26||James Bond|
|2018||James Bond 27||James Bond|
|2020||James Bond 28||James Bond|
|1996–present||Children in Need||Guest Performer|
|2000–present||The Borough||Sir Richard Ringle|
|2000–2009||My Family||Mark Johnson|
|2004–present||The X Factor||Judge|
|2007–2012||Britain's Got Talent||Guest Performer|
|2009||Let's Dance for Comic Relief||Contestant|
|2010–2012||The Voice of Holland||Judge|
|2011||The Voice USA||Judge|
|2012–2013||The Voice UK||Judge|
Main Article: Valkayrie (book series)
- Valkayrie (2005)
- Valkayrie: The Return of Valkayrie (2006)
- Valkayrie: The Golden Rings (2007)
- The Dark Room (2008)
- The Red Rose (2009)
- Valkayrie: The Apocalypse (2011)
- Valkayrie: THE END (2012)
Main Article: Fantasy (book series)
In 2012 Harrison annouced he was part of a team of 10 people attempting to climb all 14 of the world's eight-thousanders (every mountain 8000m or higher). Harrison may be part of the first ever team to climb to the top of K2 and Broad Peak in the winter
2012-13 Eight-Thousander expedition
Main Article: JAT & Friends 8000m Challenge The following dates are the start of the climb in brackets is the expected date in which they should return to the base of the mountain
- 14 December 2012: K2 (16-17 December 2012)
- 4 January 2013: Kangchenjunga (6-7 January 2013)
- 14 January 2013: Lhotse (15-16 January 2013)
- 19 January 2013: Makalu (20-21 January 2013)
- 24 January 2013: Cho Oyu (24-25 January 2013)
- 28 January 2013: Dhaulagiri I (28-29 January 2013)
- 3 February 2013: Manaslu (3-4 February 2013)
- 8 February 2013: Nanga Parbat (8-9 February 2013)
- 11 February 2013: Annapurna I (11-12 February 2013)
- 14 February 2013: Gasherbrum I (14-15 February 2013)
- 18 February 2013: Broad Peak (18-19 February 2013)
- 22 February 2013: Gasherbrum II (22-23 February 2013)
- 26 February 2013: Shishapangma (26-27 February 2013)
- 1 March 2013: Everest (3-4 March 2013)
Harrison was trained as a police officier in 1995 aged 14. In 1993 after he dad returned from 12 years in the armed forces he trained up Harrison in intensive 4 hour training 340 days a year until 2005. He first met Kimberley Walsh in 2000 both aged 19 the couple met at a JAT Concert and they started to date. Harrison and Walsh got married in 2001. They have six children; Nadine (b. 2002), Corey (b. 2002), Charlotte (b. 2004), Lucas (b. 2004), Bianca (b. 2009), Louise (b. 2012). Harrison's sons Lucas and Corey play for Liverpool FC's youth team. In August 2011 Harrison's wife Kimberley Walsh publicily announced child six was on the way.
James is the first child of Steven Harrison MP and Amanda Harrison. He is also part of the Outstanding 10.