Paolo Giovanni Nutini (born 9 January 1987) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician from Paisley. Nutini's debut album, These Streets (2006), peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. Its follow-up, Sunny Side Up (2009), debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. Both albums have been certified quintuple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. Five years later, Nutini released his third studio album, Caustic Love, in April 2014. The album received positive reviews from music critics. Caustic Love debuted at number one on the UK Album Charts and was certified platinum by the BPI in June 2014. While Nutini has not formally addressed it, he has been on a hiatus since 2017.
|Birth name||Paolo Giovanni Nutini|
|Born||9 January 1987|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboard|
Among other accolades, Nutini has received three BRIT Award nominations and an Ivor Novello Award nomination for songwriting. In July 2014, he was referred to by the BBC as "arguably Scotland's biggest musician right now."
Nutini was born in Paisley, Scotland, and has a younger sister. His father, Alfredo, is a Scot of Italian descent from Barga in Tuscany, while his mother, Linda, is Scottish. He was expected to follow his father into the family fish and chip shop business. As a child he attended PACE Youth Theatre. He was first encouraged to sing by his music-loving grandfather, Giovanni "Jackie" Nutini, and a teacher at his school, St Andrews Academy, who recognised his talent.
Nutini left school to work as a roadie and to sell t-shirts for Scottish band Speedway. He spent three years learning the music business and performing live. He later worked as a studio hand at Glasgow's Park Lane Studio. It was here where he started demo-ing songs, writing with Jim Duguid and the drummer of Speedway.
His big chance came when his younger family member signed him up to his first live show 102.5 Clyde 1 for David Sneddon's return to his home town of Paisley at the beginning of 2003. Sneddon was delayed, and as the winner of an impromptu pop quiz, Nutini was given the chance to perform a couple of songs on stage during the wait. The favourable reaction of the crowd impressed another member of the audience, Brendan Moon, who offered to become his manager with his business partner, Mike Bawden. Mike Bawden continues to manage Nutini.
At 17, Nutini moved to London and performed regularly at The Bedford pub in Balham with local Singer-Songwriter Charlie Wallis. Other radio and live appearances followed, including two live acoustic spots on Radio London, The Hard Rock Cafe, and support slots for The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse and KT Tunstall. Nutini became known for singing with his eyes closed during his entire performances.
These Streets (2005–2007)Edit
Nutini made his first demo which saw him signed to Atlantic Records in May 2005, shortly after his 18th birthday. He released his first single "These Streets" as a free download in May 2006; this was then followed by his next single "Last Request" which was released on 4 July 2006 and charted at number five on the UK Singles Chart. In the video for "Last Request", Nutini plays the part of a robber – though this is not revealed until the end. Nutini's third single, "Jenny Don't Be Hasty", was released on 25 September 2006 and got to number twenty on the UK Singles Chart. "Rewind" was Nutini's fourth single. It was released on 4 December 2006, and reached number twenty seven on the UK Singles Chart.
Nutini's debut album These Streets, produced by Ken Nelson (who has also worked with Coldplay and Gomez), was released on 17 July 2006 and immediately entered the UK album charts at number three. Many of the songs on the album, including "Last Request" and "Rewind", were inspired by a turbulent relationship with his former girlfriend Teri Brogan, and "Jenny Don't Be Hasty" is a true story about encounters with an older woman. Commenting on These Streets, Nutini himself states on his official website, "The album is a little glimpse of some of the experiences I have been through in the last three years". In late 2007, Nutini covered Labi Siffre's "It Must Be Love" for BBC Radio 1's Radio 1 Established 1967 album.
Throughout 2006, Nutini played a number of sold-out concerts across Britain and performed at a wide variety of venues worldwide, including King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, a TV appearance on Later with Jools Holland, Carnegie Hall in New York, The Montreux Jazz Festival, The Wireless Festival, Oxegen and T in the Park. He supported the Rolling Stones in Vienna and was invited to appear with them again at the Don Valley Stadium in August 2006 and was also booked to appear at the V Festival and The Austin City Limits Music Festival, Texas, later in 2006, with a European tour in the autumn. In May 2006, Nutini also played at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Dundee.
Nutini performed at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2007 on the famous Pyramid Stage on the second day of the event. Nutini also performed at the British leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium on 7 July 2007, with his set including a cover of "What A Wonderful World", a classic pop tune by Bob Thiele, George David Weiss, and George Douglas. He performed the following day at T in the Park, in Scotland. He performed at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert on 10 December 2007, an event that drew enormous international attention as it was the first full live concert performance by Led Zeppelin in 27 years. Scottish independent TV company Volt MediaFix made a one-off documentary of Nutini's US tour. The programme, for the BBC, was scheduled for broadcast on BBC2, on Thursday 7 June throughout Scotland and on Sky channel 990 throughout the rest of Britain.
Sunny Side Up (2009–2011)Edit
On 1 June 2009, Nutini released his second studio album Sunny Side Up, which debuted at number one. The first single from the album, "Candy", was released on 25 May. In July, he appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, performing "Coming Up Easy". This was released as the second single to the album on 10 August and it debuted at number 62 in the UK Singles Chart on 16 August 2009. On 10 September 2009, Nutini performed "Coming Up Easy" on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. The third single from the album was "Pencil Full of Lead".
The album received a mixed critical reception. Some noted the move away from the sound of the debut album. Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph was also positive, stating "his joyous second album organically blends soul, country, folk and the brash, horny energy of ragtime swing." Some reviewers were less impressed. It was described by The Guardian's Caroline Sullivan as "not bad", with opening track "10/10" described as "jaunty enough to make you retch".
The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart with sales of over 60,000 copies, fighting off strong competition from Love & War, the debut album of fellow male solo artist Daniel Merriweather. The album performed similarly well on the Irish Albums Chart, debuting at number two behind Eminem's new album before rising to the top of the charts the week after. The album has been one of the best UK album sales of the year. On the UK Albums Chart on the week of Monday 19 October, the album went from number 31 to number 5, making the album sell more than The Saturdays' second album. On 3 January 2010 Sunny Side Up topped the UK Album Charts for a second time, making the album the first Number one album in the United Kingdom of 2010 and the decade.
Caustic Love (2013–present)Edit
In December 2013, it was revealed that Nutini had recorded a third album called Caustic Love, which was released on 14 April 2014. The album's first single "Scream (Funk My Life Up)" was released on 27 January. The Independent newspaper described the album as, "an unqualified success: Caustic Love may be the best UK R&B album since the 1970s blue-eyed-soul heyday of Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker". It was selected on 8 December 2014 by Apple to become the Best Album in iTunes' 'Best of 2014'. An 18-month tour following the release of Caustic Love saw Nutini perform in North America, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. In October 2014 Nutini was forced to pull out of shows in his hometown of Glasgow, Cardiff and London due to tonsillitis. In August 2015 Nutini headlined a sold-out show to 35,000 people at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow.
After extensive touring in 2015 in support of Caustic Love, Nutini took a hiatus in 2016 although he performed an emotional tribute in memory of a Welsh fan in Newport, Wales on 20 July. On 20 September 2016 it was announced that Nutini would headline the Concert in the Gardens, the flagship event of Edinburgh's Hogmanay street party, on New Year's Eve 2016/2017. Tickets were sold out in a record-breaking three hours leading to an unprecedented second show (named "The Night Afore") being announced for 30 December.
On Hogmanay 2006, Nutini appeared on BBC Scotland's Hogmanay Live celebrations after the official celebrations in Princes Street Gardens were cancelled at short notice due to abysmal weather. He performed several songs in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle for the TV audience with little or no rehearsal. On Wednesday 11 April 2007, Nutini performed in a concert that was streamed live via MSN Music.
Nutini's songs have infiltrated American TV shows as well. "Last Request" featured at the end of the Scrubs episode "My Words of Wisdom" from Season 6, the first-ever episode of Gavin & Stacey and the One Tree Hill Season-4 episode "The Birth and Death of the Day." "Million Faces" could be heard at the end of the Grey's Anatomy episode "Testing 1–2–3" from Season 3 and is on the Volume 3 Soundtrack. "Rewind" was played at the end of CSI: Miami Season-5 episode "Broken Home." "Jenny, Don't Be Hasty" was also featured on another member of the CSI franchise when it played on CSI: NY's Season-3-finale, "Snow Day". "New Shoes" featured in The Jane Austen Book Club and in a TV ad for Puma AG during summer 2008. "One Day" from the Caustic Love album was featured near the end of NBC's "State of Affairs" Season 1 Episode 7 in January 2014. "Iron Sky" was played in Elementary Season-3 episode "End of Watch."
On 24 July 2007, Nutini was awarded The Golden St Christopher medal by the city of Barga in Italy, the highest honour the city can give, to celebrate his extraordinary contributions to Barga and its people. On 18 September, Nutini performed "Last Request" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In September 2007, Nutini recorded a short radio show with imeem.com where he listed his top 10 favourite tracks and the reasons behind his choices. In October 2007, Nutini performed for the annual Voodoo Fest held in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2008, Nutini's music was featured in a movie adaptation of Irvine Welsh's best-selling novel Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance.
On New Year's Eve 2008–09, Nutini performed at the Hogmanay street parties in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, becoming the first act to play both locations on the same day for the event. In The View's 2009 album Which Bitch?, he is featured singing on the song "Covers." Nutini appeared in the 2011 documentary "Reggae Got Soul: The Story of Toots and the Maytals" which was featured on BBC and described as "The untold story of one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica".
Nutini had an 8-year on-again, off-again relationship with Scottish marketing graduate and model Teri Brogan. The pair met at St Andrew's Academy in Paisley and started dating when they were 15. After their split, he was romantically involved with Irish TV presenter and model Laura Whitmore. Nutini had a relationship with English actress and model Amber Anderson from 2014 until 2016.
Nutini stated in a June 2014 interview that he has smoked cannabis every day of his life since the age of sixteen. Nutini also has an Honorary Doctorate from his hometown university in Paisley, the University of the West of Scotland.
- Studio albums
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2007||BRIT Awards||British Male||N/A||Nominated|||
|2008||ASCAP Awards||Songwriting||"New Shoes"||Won|||
|2009||UK Music Video Awards||Best Cinematography||"Candy"||Nominated|||
|Best Pop Video||Nominated|||
|2010||BRIT Awards||British Male Solo Artist||N/A||Nominated|||
|British Album||Sunny Side Up||Nominated|||
|Ivor Novello Awards||Album Award||Won|||
|Meteor Awards||Best International Album||Won|||
|Best International Male||N/A||Nominated|||
|Q Awards||Best Male||N/A||Won|||
|Scottish Fashion Awards||Style Icon of the Year||N/A||Won|||
|Tartan Clef Awards||Tartan Clef||N/A||Won|||
|UK Festival Awards||Feel Good Act of the Summer||N/A||Won|||
|2011||UK Festival Awards||Headline Performance of the Year||Latitude Festival||Won|||
|2014||Q Awards||Best Track||"Iron Sky"||Won|||
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