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Jamie Lawson
Jamie Lawson - Jamie Lawson (Album Artwork).jpg
Studio album by
Released9 October 2015
ProducerWill Hicks
Jamie Lawson chronology
Wasn't Expecting That
Jamie Lawson
Singles from Jamie Lawson
  1. "Wasn't Expecting That"
    Released: 3 April 2015
  2. "Ahead of Myself"
    Released: 7 August 2015
  3. "Cold in Ohio"
    Released: 2015
  4. "Don't Let Me Let You Go"
    Released: September 2016
  5. "Someone For Everyone"
    Released: 3 October 2016
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Guardian3/5 stars[2]
The Independent3/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone Australia2.5/5 stars[5]

Jamie Lawson is the fourth studio album by British singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson. It is also the first album to be released on Ed Sheeran's record label Gingerbread Man Records.[6] On 17 July 2015, it was announced through Lawson's Twitter account that the self-titled album was available for pre-order on iTunes.[7] The release of the album was pushed back by one week to 16 October 2015.[8]

The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, beating Sheeran's album x to the top spot.[9]


In 2014, Lawson received a text from now-successful old acquaintance Ed Sheeran asking for him to open at a secret Dublin show. Sheeran later revealed he used Lawson's 2011 single "Wasn't Expecting That" for inspiration while recording "Afire Love" from his 2014 album x. After joining Sheeran on his 2013 UK and Europe Tour, it was announced that Lawson would be the first signee on Sheeran's newly founded record label Gingerbreadman Records.[10]

Lawson's self-titled album was recorded in 2015, and promoted by a solo tour of Australia and New Zealand. Lawson said Sheeran's involvement with recording the album was minimal, stating he "left me to my own devices to make the record I wanted to make. He put me in touch with a producer who he had been working with and we went through the songs to pick which should be on the album."[11] In the lead-up weeks to the release of the album, Lawson opened for One Direction during their tour of the UK, Ireland and the US.[12]


  • "Wasn't Expecting That" was released as the lead single from the album on 3 April 2015. Originally included on Lawson's 2011 album of the same name, the song was re-released following his signing to Ed Sheeran's newly formed record label, Gingerbread Man Records. It peaked at number 3 on the Australian Singles Chart in 2015.[13]
  • "Ahead of Myself" was released as the second single from the album on 7 August 2015. Also generating positive reviews, the song peaked at number 59 on the Australian Singles Chart.[14]
  • "Cold in Ohio" was released as the third single from the album in September 2015.[15]
  • "Someone for Everyone" was released as the fifth single from the album on 12 May 2016.[16][17]
  • "Don't Let Me Let You Go" was released as the fourth (and final) single from the album on 21 September 2016.[18]

Promotional tour[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, opening act, tickets sold, amount of available tickets, and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening act Attendance Revenue
May 15, 2015 Brigton United Kingdom SpiegelPub (Great Scape 2015)
August 22, 2015 Perth Australia Jimmy’s Den
August 25, 2015 Melbourne Northcote Social Club
August 26, 2015
August 29, 2015 Auckland New Zealand Tuning Fork
North America
September 30, 2015 Los Angeles United States The Hotel Café
November 5, 2015 London United Kingdom BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge
November 6, 2015 Wangels Germany Ferienpark Weissenhäuser Strand (Rolling Stone Weekender 2015)
November 11, 2015 Stockholm Sweden Debaser Hornstull Strand
November 12, 2015 Oslo Norway Parkteateret Scene
November 14, 2015 Berlin Germany Gretchen Lee MacDougall[19] 226 / 350 $3,684
November 15, 2015 Leipzig Neues Schaulpiel Leipzig
November 16, 2015 Munich Orangehouse / Feierwerk Lee MacDougall 194 / 250 $3,150
November 18, 2015 Zurich Switzerland Exil
November 19, 2015 Vienna Austria B72
November 21, 2015 Stuttgart Germany 1210 207 / 250 $3,321
November 22, 2015 Frankfurt Nachtleben 192 / 250 $3,084
November 23, 2015 Cologne Studio 672 180 / 180 $2,874
November 25, 2015 Brussels Belgium Le Botanique
November 26, 2015 Paris France Les Étoiles
November 27, 2015 London United Kingdom TFI Friday
November 28, 2015 Amsterdam Netherlands Bitterzoet Lee MacDougall
November 29, 2015 Rotterdam De Doelen
December 7, 2015 Borehamwood United Kingdom Elstree Studios (Top of the Pops 2015)
North America
December 9, 2015 Boston United States House of Blues Boston
December 13, 2015 Lake Buena Vista House of Blues Orlando
December 14, 2015 Clearwater Ruth Eckerd Hall
January 14, 2016 Glasgow United Kingdom Queen Margaret Union
North America
February 16, 2016 Indianapolis United States Murat Theatre
April 9, 2016 Perth Australia Astor Theatre Ryan Keen
April 12, 2016 Adelaide The Gov (Governor Hindmarsh Hotel)
April 15, 2016 Brisbane The Triffid
April 16, 2016 Sydney Metro Theatre
April 19, 2016 Melbourne Corner Hotel
Total 999 / 1,280 $16,113

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[20]
1."Wasn't Expecting That"Jamie Lawson3:24
2."Someone for Everyone"
  • Lawson
  • Tim Ross
3."Cold in Ohio"2:50
4."The Only Conclusion"Lawson3:30
5."Still Yours"Lawson3:56
6."All Is Beauty"Lawson2:45
7."Don't Let Me Let You Go"
8."Ahead of Myself"Lawson3:44
9."In Our Own Worlds"Lawson3:59
10."Sometimes It's Hard"Lawson2:40
11."Let Love Hold You Now"
  • Lawson
  • Ross


Adapted from the album liner notes:[21]

  • Jamie Lawson – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano on "Cold in Ohio" and "Still Yours"
  • Henrik Irgens – bass guitar
  • Matt Racher – drums, percussion
  • John Tilley – piano, Hammond organ, Mellotron, harmonium, Wurlitzer, glockenspiel
  • Jack Birchwood – trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone
  • Nik Carter – saxophone
  • Ed Sheeran – backing vocals on "Cold in Ohio" and "Ahead of Myself"
  • Bailey Tzuke – backing vocals on "The Only Conclusion"
  • Will Hicks – percussion on "Wasn't Expecting That" and "Cold in Ohio", bass guitar on "Wasn't Expecting That", electric guitar on "Don't Let Me Let You Go"
  • Fred Abbott – piano on "Wasn't Expecting That"
  • Bernard Butler – guitar on "Someone for Everyone" and "Ahead of Myself"
  • Ruadrhi Cushnan – guitar and percussion on "Someone for Everyone", "Cold in Ohio" and "Ahead of Myself"
  • Josh Watkins, Will Hicks, Louise Astbury, Ania Smarzack, James Hicks – gang vocals on "Ahead of Myself"
Production personnel

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Australia 9 October 2015 Gingerbread Man Records
Ireland 16 October 2015
United Kingdom


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  2. ^ Jamie Lawson: Jamie Lawson review – optimistic pop from Ed Sheeran signee The Guardian, October 9, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2015
  3. ^ Gill, Andy (23 October 2015). "Jamie Lawson, Jamie Lawson - album review". The Independent. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  4. ^ Tony (9 October 2015). "Album Reviews: John Grant, Jamie Lawson, Hurts, Selena Gomez". HMV. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  5. ^ Jamie Lawson - Jamie Lawson review Gareth Hipwell, Rolling Stone Australia, 12 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015
  6. ^ 'Excited' Ed Sheeran reveals first record label signing as he launches Gingerbread Man Records Mirror, 25 August 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015
  7. ^ Album Preorder Jamie Lawson, Twitter. Retrieved 19 September 2015
  8. ^ Today was supposed to be the release of my album... Jamie Lawson, Twitter. Retrieved 10 October 2015
  9. ^ Myers, Justin (23 October 2015). "Jamie Lawson tops Official Albums Chart: "I'm really over the moon"". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  10. ^ Ed Sheeran's First Label Signee Jamie Lawson... Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 8 October 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015
  11. ^ Jamie Lawson: Man of lucky breaks Holly Rubenstein, BBC, 14 October 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015
  12. ^ Jamie Lawson announced to open for One Direction on UK and Ireland Aoife Kelly, Independent, 21 September 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015
  13. ^ "Wasn't Expecting That". (ARIA archive). Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  14. ^ Ryan, Gavin (5 September 2015). "ARIA Singles: 'What Do You Mean?' Justin Bieber Is No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  15. ^ Chew, Cohan (18 January 2016). "Jamie Lawson announces massive UK tour - tickets". GigWise. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  16. ^ Moran, Jonathon (5 April 2016). "Jamie Lawson has been so busy he sometimes doesn't know what day it is". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Jamie Lawson - Someone For Everyone [Official]". YouTube. Jamie Lawson. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Jamie Lawson - Don't Let Me Let You Go [Official]". YouTube. Jamie Lawson. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  19. ^ Jamie Lawson support tour MacDougall, 21 November 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016
  20. ^ "Jamie Lawson by Jamie Lawson on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  21. ^ Lawson, Jamie (2015). Jamie Lawson (Liner notes). Gingerbread Man Records. p. 9. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
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  28. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  29. ^ "Jamie Lawson - Chart history (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  30. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 - 2015". Official Charts Company. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
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