James Blunt

updated 12/05/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/05/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

SAD SONGS SAY SO MUCH:
His single "You're Beautiful" may be a melancholy ballad about seeing an ex with her new beau, but some fans have their own interpretation. While he was performing the song at one concert, Blunt recalls, "A guy knelt down in front of his girlfriend and produced a ring. My one thought at the time was, 'We better not mess up his moment!' "

BATTLE CRY:
Born into a military family, Blunt wrote much of Back to Bedlam while serving four years in the British army. A reconnaissance officer in Kosovo, he also did a stint as one of the Queen's Life Guards ("Nothing to do with swimming—you're on a horse when she's out in her carriage"), during which he kept watch over the Queen Mum's coffin at her 2002 funeral.

THE FORCE WAS WITH HIM:
Introduced by a former girlfriend, Blunt found a famous fan in Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, with whom he bunked for four months while working on his CD in L.A. "I recorded a song in her bathroom," he says. "She had an upright piano in there because it's Hollywood, baby."

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