James Dean Bradfield

James Dean Bradfield (born 21 February 1969) is a Welsh singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. He is known for being the lead guitarist and lead vocalist for the Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. Following Richey Edwards' disappearance, he also became as rhythm guitarist for the band, sharing the duties with the bassist Nicky Wire only for their recording session.

James Dean Bradfield
Bradfield performing with Manic Street Preachers in 2014
Bradfield performing with Manic Street Preachers in 2014
Background information
Birth nameJames Dean Bradfield
Born (1969-02-21) 21 February 1969 (age 51)
Pontypool, Wales
GenresAlternative rock, hard rock, post-punk, punk rock, glam punk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, piano, sitar, mandola, omnichord
Years active1986–present
Associated actsManic Street Preachers


Early lifeEdit

Born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Bradfield attended the local Oakdale Comprehensive School where he suffered years of cruelty and bullying (he claims he was "a Woody Allen-esque little nerd") for his name (nicknamed Crossfire), lazy eye, musical bent and small size. James formed a close relationship with three friends: his cousin Sean Moore, who lived with James and his family throughout their childhood after his own parents' divorce, and future bandmates Nicky Wire and Richey Edwards.[1]

Bradfield loved to run and was a steeplechaser, and soon grew fond of punk rock band The Clash, although his earliest musical love was ELO.[1] He gave up his dream of "being like Napoleon" and decided that he wanted to be a rock star. He learnt to play guitar by learning how to play Guns N' Roses's Appetite for Destruction[1] with the curtains drawn in his parents' front room.

Solo careerEdit

Bradfield in De Montfort Hall in 2010

In late April 2006, a track from Bradfield's debut solo single entitled "That's No Way to Tell a Lie" premiered on Janice Long's show on Radio 2. It became the first single from the album and was released on 10 July while the album, entitled "The Great Western", was released on 24 July. The single debuted at #18 in the UK single charts while the album debuted at #22 on the album charts. The positions were considered relatively successful considering the lack of promotion. [2] In support of the album, Bradfield played a series of solo gigs in May 2006 in Manchester, Glasgow, Dundee, Nottingham, Birmingham and London. The setlists consisted of tracks from "The Great Western" as well as several Manics tracks including "This Is Yesterday" and "Ocean Spray". He also played one further date at London ULU in June 2006, featuring a similar setlist to the other gigs. Bradfield also performed at the 2006 V Festival in late August. He embarked on his first full UK tour – consisting of 15 dates – in October. A second single, 'An English Gentleman' was lifted from "The Great Western" prior to the tour and entered the UK chart at #31 on 1 October 2006. [2]

Personal lifeEdit

He currently lives in Llandaff, Cardiff. Despite having once said “I always get bored of the company of women really quickly,”[3] he married the band's PR agent Mylène Halsall in a ceremony in Florence, Italy on 11 July 2004. The couple have two children.[4] He is a supporter of Cardiff Blues and Nottingham Forest.[2] In 2015, Bradfield and fellow Manic Sean Moore went to Patagonia in aid of the Velindre charity.[5]

Musical equipmentEdit




James Dean Bradfield live in London in 2005

With Manic Street PreachersEdit

Solo discographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit



Production discographyEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 May 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c Power, Martin (17 October 2010). Manic Street Preachers. Omnibus Press.
  3. ^ "BBC Wales - Music - Manic Street Preachers - James Dean Bradfield". Bbc.co.uk. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  4. ^ Price, Simon. "Manics On New Football Single". The Quietus. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Manic Street Preachers members to hike through Patagonia for charity".
  6. ^ The Manic Street Preachers Gear Guide dolphinmusic.com Retrieved: 2009-12-23
  7. ^ "James Dean Bradfield - Manic Street Preachers". Manicstreetpreachers.com. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  8. ^ "James Dean Bradfield's guitar collection". musicradar.com. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  9. ^ "James Dean Bradfield's guitar collection". Musicradar.com. Retrieved 3 October 2018.


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