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James Morrison Awakens the U.S.



    Singer/songwriter James Morrison will play a show at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on May 5.

    The San Diego date is part of the BRIT Award-nominated artist's first US headlining tour. The trip stateside is in support of Morrison's latest album, The Awakening, which was released in September of 2011.

    The Awakening is Morrison's third studio album and has already made a huge splash in his native United Kingdom. It debuted at the number-one slot, where it stayed for two weeks, and has been certified platinum.

    The album's first single, "I Won't Let You Go," debuted at number-five on the UK Singles Chart and became Morrison's third top-five hit to date. He performed the song on the Today Show in January, and the official video already has 22 million views.

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    Morrison is a household name in the U.K., but similar success in the United States has so far eluded him. He hopes the U.S. tour -- which also includes stops at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, Wash. and the Fillmore in San Francisco, Calif. -- will change all that.

    So far, all the effort is paying off. Morrison's afore-mentioned Today Show appearance yielded a remarkable 661 percent sales jump for The Awakening.

    The May 5 Humphreys date won't be Morrison's first exposure to the San Diego music scene. In the past, he has performed with San Diegan star Jason Mraz.

    The Morrison show is one of the first in Humphreys Concerts by the Bay's annual summer concert series. Recent performers at the bayfront venue include rock legend Elvis Costello and ska giants Madness. For a list of the rest of this summer's scheduled performers, click here.