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Jamie Alexander Treays (born 8 January 1986), known by his stage name Jamie T, is a 25-year-old English singer/songwriter from Wimbledon, South London. He attended The Hall School Wimbledon and then Reed's School in Cobham, Surrey, England until he was 16. He is currently signed to Virgin Records, but released his Betty and the Selfish Sons EP on his own Pacemaker Records label. His backing band are called The Pacemakers and he has lately been touring, advertising and releasing material as "Jamie T and The Pacemakers".

He supported both the Ordinary Boys during their 2006 tour, and went on to defeat Jarvis Cocker and Thom Yorke to win the Best Solo Artist at the 2007 Shockwave NME Awards. He has also been nicknamed "one man Arctic Monkey".Canvas Magazine have described him as "like the bastard lovechild of Billy Bragg and Mike Skinner doing his best Joe Strummer impression".

On 17 July 2007, Jamie T's debut album Panic Prevention was shortlisted as one of the 12 nominees for the Mercury Prize. Panic Prevention has also received frequent name-checks in the ‘best albums of the decade’ lists, including: #13 out of 50 in Observer Music Monthly and #53 out of 100 in NME magazine.

On 7 September 2009, Jamie released his second album named Kings & Queens which reached number 2 in the UK Albums chart. After its release Zane Lowe, on his BBC Radio 1 show, declared Kings & Queens his favourite album of 2009, describing the album as “a brilliant, poignant, incredible observational record” and “flawless.” On the 24 February 2010, Jamie won another NME Award for Best Solo Act.

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