Jamie Bower, more commonly know to Twilight and Harry Potter fans by his acting stage name Jamie Campbell Bower, is no stranger to music. He is not the typical actor turned singer. Bower grew up in music (both parents had connections to music) and acting, honing his skills in music theater. I happen to admire Bower’s musical abilities better than his acting abilities, but that is a subject for another day. I’ve selected three songs to show off Bower’s skills.
This first selection is a short clip from 2007’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Bower was still a teenager when he filmed his turn as the aptly named Anthony Hope who pined for Johanna.
In 2015, Bower, his brother, and three colleagues formed the band Counterfeit. In their five years together they produced three EPs and one studio album before Bower announced their split in November 2020. The band was known for their live performances, even winning the 2017 AIM Independent Music Award for Best Live Act. I’m featuring their last single “The New Insane,” released in January 2020. Counterfeit is the antithesis of stage musicals, but shows Bower’s interesting and dynamic abilities.
After Bower announced the dissolution of Counterfeit via his Instagram page in November 2020, he promptly announced new solo songs he recorded. Before the year’s end he posted his new solo single “Paralysed ” which was soon followed by “Start the Fire” and an amazing cover of Nina Simone’s “I Put a Spell on You.” The song “Paralysed” demonstrates Bower’s vocal range and power so that’s the song I’m highlighting here, but I do recommend checking out all three songs. I’m keen to see where he chooses to go with his solo project. Time will tell…as he remains busy with his acting roles (most recently on the Game of Thrones prequel and the TV show Stranger Things).
Bower spoke to NME recently about his new solo venture. Give the interview a listen to learn a little more about his concepts for his new music. Also, check out his work on his Spotify and iTunes pages.