November 21, 1968 (55)
Alex James is a British musician and songwriter, best known as the bassist for the rock band Blur.
James’s career took off in the late 1980s when he joined Blur. The band’s success was marked by a series of hit albums, including “Parklife” and “The Great Escape,” which played pivotal roles in the Britpop movement. Aside from his work with Blur, James has also released a solo album and has been involved in various other musical projects.
Throughout his career, James has collaborated with a host of notable figures in the music industry. He has worked with Graham Coxon, Damon Albarn, and Dave Rowntree in Blur, and outside the band, he has joined forces with artists such as Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook), Marianne Faithfull, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. James has also written songs with Guy Garvey, collaborated on performances with Flea, and shared the stage with Keith Allen and Damien Hirst for various events and recordings.
James’s contributions to music have been recognized with numerous awards. He and his bandmates in Blur received the Brit Award for Best British Group in 1995, followed by another win in 2012 for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Their album “Parklife” was nominated for the Mercury Prize and won four awards at the 1995 Brit Awards. James himself has been honored with an Ivor Novello Award for his songwriting.