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James TW
Birth nameJames Taylor-Watts
Born (1997-10-27) 27 October 1997 (age 21)
Barford, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
Years active2014–present
LabelsIsland Records
Associated actsShawn Mendes

James Taylor-Watts (born 27 October 1997),[1] better known as James TW, is an English singer-songwriter. His single "When You Love Someone" peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart.

Early life

James was born in England, the son of Sarah Louise (née Taylor) Taylor-Watts and Richard Ian (né Watts) Taylor-Watts.[2] He was named after James Taylor, one of his parents' favourite musicians.[3] He attended Warwick School, the oldest private boys school in England.

James' father, who plays guitar in a wedding band as a hobby, once found young James banging on the drum kit at home. Shortly thereafter, the band's drummer wasn't able to make it to a gig. So the band had a decision to make: either let 10 year-old James play or cancel the gig. James played that evening and has been performing on a regular basis ever since. He picked up guitar at 12 years old and started playing piano the following year.

In 2010, James started his YouTube channel at 12 years old.[3][4]


2014–16: Just a Number & First Impressions

In 2014, James self-released an EP tidick Just A Number which rose to number 6 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart.[5][6] In early 2015, Shawn Mendes, an artist discovered on social media, found James on YouTube and praised him on Twitter. Mendes' label, Island Records, then noticed James and he signed with them shortly thereafter.[7] On 30 October 2015, James released his debut single "Black & Blue". On 19 February 2016 James released a music video for his single, "When You Love Someone", through Universal Music. The song reached over 60 million Spotify streams[8][9] and peaked at No. 28 on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart.[10][11]

On 15 April 2016 James released his debut EP titled First Impressions, featuring 5 original songs as well as a cover of Torn by Natalie Imbruglia, which earned 17 million Spotify streams[9] and peaked at 15 on the Spotify Viral 50 chart.[12] James was the sole opening act on the sold out Shawn Mendes World Tour.[4][9] On 9 September 2016, he released a cover of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy".


On 23 January 2017 James TW performed "When You Love Someone" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[13] James released a new single "Ex" on 17 February 2017 while premiering the video via Billboard on the same day.[14] In February, he was named the opening act on the European leg of Shawn Mendes' Illuminate World Tour[15] with dates from April to June 2017.


James named Bill Withers and B.B. King as inspirations as well as John Mayer and Ed Sheeran as more current musical influences.[5]


Extended plays

Title Details
Just a Number
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
First Impressions
  • Released: 15 April 2016
  • Label: Island
  • Format: Digital download


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2015 "Black & Blue" Non-album single
2016 "When You Love Someone" 24 First Impressions
"Crazy" Non-album singles
2017 "Ex"
"Please Keep Loving Me"[18]
2018 "Say Love" 26 30


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Warwick Schoolboy's rise to fame goes global". Leamington Courier. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b "About". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b Foster, Allen. "Exclusive interview with James TW: Debut EP and tour with Shawn Mendes". AXS. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b Savvas-Cov, Christina (17 May 2014). "Teenager's amazing rise in the charts with song released during GCSE revision time". coventrytelegraph. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  6. ^ "James Taylor-Watts hits the charts!". Warwick School. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  7. ^ Adejobi, Alicia (19 August 2016). "Who is James TW? Meet the new Ed Sheeran supporting Shawn Mendes on his sold-out world tour". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  8. ^ Robinson, Peter (1 December 2016). "Streams ahead: the artists who made it huge without radio support". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "James TW Finds 'Sanctuary' in Paradise: Exclusive Video Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  10. ^ "James TW – Chart history | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Adult Pop Music & Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  12. ^ "James TW – Chart history | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  13. ^ Cantor, Brian (18 January 2017). "James TW Confirmed For January 23 'Ellen DeGeneres Show'". Headline Planet. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  14. ^ Hazel, Allison. "James TW Releases New Video for 'EX': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  15. ^ Masters, Cayla (22 February 2017). "Charlie Puth and James TW to join Shawn Mendes on 'Illuminate World Tour'". CelebMix. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  16. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single uke 22, 2018". VG-lista. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  17. ^ Peaks in Sweden:
  18. ^ "Please Keep Loving Me – Single by James TW on Apple Music". iTunes Store (AU). Retrieved 25 August 2017.

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