James Cottriall (born 1 January 1986, Stratford upon Avon) is an English musician, currently[when?] living in Vienna, Austria. He became famous throughout Austria with the success of his first single, "Unbreakable", which spent twenty weeks in the Austrian top 40 charts in summer 2010. "Unbreakable" was nominated for the Song of the Year category at the 2010 Austrian music Amadeus Awards.
Cottriall grew up in the countryside of Warwickshire, England, just outside Stratford-upon-Avon. He has two brothers, Ben Cottriall and Alex Cottriall. His father is a stamp dealer. His Mother has a degree from Warwick University. He studied German and at the University of Nottingham and part of the course required him to study for one year abroad in a German-speaking country. He chose to study at the University of Vienna in Austria. Following encouragement from fellow students and friends, he began to give performances of his songs in cafés and bars around Vienna, playing a combination of covers together with his own, newly composed songs. He was also a regular and notorious busker on the Kärntnerstraße, in Vienna's town centre. Following a measure of success, when his one year of study was completed, Cottriall chose to remain in Vienna to actively promote his music.
James took part in 'The Voice' competition, held at Shopping City Süd, in June 2009. He won the competition and was awarded both the title of "the Voice 2009" and the prize to have one of his songs produced by Alex Kahr, a notable Austrian pop music producer who had previously worked with Christina Stürmer and Luttenberger Klug. Cottriall chose to record "Unbreakable".
Cottriall released his single, "Unbreakable", in Austria on 9 April 2010. It received generous airplay from almost every local and national Austrian radio station. It reached number 1 in the Ö3 Hörercharts (Most Requested by listeners charts for Austria) and remained in the Top 40 Charts for 20 weeks. The song was included on the Ö3 Greatest Hits vol. 50 and AustroPop Forever vol. 4 compilation albums. The song was accompanied by a promotional video of Cottriall with a fictional girlfriend going through an emotional break-up, with a concurrent sub-plot of him playing his guitar in an apartment with a broken water pipe gradually flooding the room, leaving him eventually submerged.
His follow-up single, "So Nice" was released on 6 August 2010 through Pop Pate Records/Edel. In contrast to the hurt and heartache of "Unbreakable", "So Nice" focuses on the positive aspects of love and relationships. It was produced by Gwenael Damman, bass guitarist for Christina Stürmer. Damman also produced Cottriall's first album, Sincerely Me, which was released in Austria 15 October 2010, also through Pop Pate/Edel. Drums were played by Klaus Pérez-Salado (also part of the Christina Stürmer band) and the piano and keyboards were played by Mark Royce.
In 2011, Cottriall recorded his fourth single "By Your Side" with the producer Doug Petty in Los Angeles, USA. This single reached No. 24 in the Austrian Top 40 and stayed there for several weeks. Petty also produced Cottriall's second album, Love is Louder, which was released on 24 February 2012 and charted at No. 10. Further success was achieved with the song "Smile", which spent 16 weeks in the Austrian Top40, peaking at number 12. Two more songs from the album entered the charts: "Stand Up" and "One Wish".
"One Wish" was used worldwide by Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch in 2012. Cottriall's second album and its singles celebrated almost a year of chart success.
Sincerely Me (2010)
Love is Louder (2012)
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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