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Phil Jamieson : biography

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Philip William H "Phil" Jamieson (born 17 April 1977) is an Australian musician from Wauchope, New South Wales. He is the founder and frontman for the rock band Grinspoon.


Phil Jamieson was born in Hornsby, New South Wales while his parents were on the road. His father was the singer of a Christian rock n' roll band, Good Grief, while his mother was a keyboard player in the support act. The pair toured beach missions on a Baptist Church initiative on the east coast of NSW and moved to Bourke in 1983 to the Christian community, Cornerstone.

In the late 1980s, Jamieson became "quite obsessed" with pop music and the top ten hits on the charts. He admits to being a big fan of Bros and says the band’s When Will I Be Famous? tour was the first concert he ever attended. Jamieson was also a fan of musicians such as Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton, Richard Marx, George Michael and "just anything that was particularly bad".

Jamieson attended Wauchope High School, where he co-acted the lead in the school's 1994 production of Joseph and The Technicolor Dreamcoat, sharing the role with Matt Joyce. During his school years, Jamieson also started a band with his sister, Fiona, called Dancing With Daisies In a Meadow of Corruption, which won the Hastings Battle of the Bands competition. Jamieson was also the guitarist in Mescaline, singer in Crabapple and drummed in seminal punk band Stiffy.

Jamieson is best known as the frontman of alternative rock band Grinspoon. The band was the first group ever to be "Unearthed" by ABC youth radio network, Triple J. The band’s first single, Sickfest, lifted off their 1995 self-titled EP.

Grinspoon have now been together for over 18-years and have recently released their seventh studio album, Black Rabbits. In addition to his work with Grinspoon, Jamieson also co-wrote the Unwritten Law songs She Says and Because of You with Scott Russo, as well as Elva with Scott Russo and Nick Wright.

In early 2005, Jamieson performed guest vocals on the track Sayonara for the film Deck Dogz. In the same year he also won best male performer in the Jack Awards, while Grinspoon won their first ARIA. The band has since received 13 ARIA nominations.

On Thursday 23 June 2005, Jamieson and his wife Julie became the parents of a little girl, Lyla.

Also in 2005, Phil was a guest vocalist on part three, I'm Losing You, of supergroup The Wrights' cover of Stevie Wright's Evie (parts one, two and three).

Jamieson showcased the sounds of Grinspoon to millions on the world stage in March 2006, playing live at Melbourne Cricket Ground for the closing ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 XVIII Commonwealth Games.

The band also had a track feature on Gran Turismo 3, one of the best-selling video games of all time. Their album Guide to Better Living and EP Licker Bottle Cozy both went platinum in Australia.

Jamieson recently embarked on a tour for , the National Youth and Mental Health Foundation. Ten other Australian musician and media personalities joined him on a five-day motorbike tour from the Gold Coast Big Day Out to Adelaide Big Day Out in January 2013. The tour was aimed at engaging local communities and raising awareness about mental health issues faced by young people.

Jamieson has also done various solo tours, often selling out venues around Australia, and also DJs under the name 2ManyPJs.

Jamieson is an avid South Sydney Rabbitohs supporter and is the team’s number-two ticket holder.

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