Michael Endelman
February 13, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Blame Norah: Labels are going cuckoo for mellow coffeehouse crooners. First up, Jamie Cullum, a pianist-singer whose Verve debut, Twentysomething (due here May 11), has gone platinum in his native U.K. Currently touring on the jazz-club circuit, the 24-year-old tosses together sensitive acoustic pop and sprightly reworkings of Tin Pan Alley chestnuts. Does Cullum mind the Jonesian comparisons? ”God no! Someone that talented, it’s a great compliment,” says Cullum. ”In fact, I wouldn’t mind marrying her.”

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