With local performances and a growing online fan base, James shares his music to bring forward hope and optimism from deep within the collective spirit. With the gift of a garage-sale organ at age 5, James began his lifelong musical journey. The son of a disabled mother and her care provider-turned companion, his financially meager childhood was blessed by a supportive and spiritually rich home in Ukiah, CA. “Though my family had to make difficult choices, they never sacrificed my musical education.” James’ music is greatly influenced by his early mentors and New Age artists Thomas Ganoung and Spencer Brewer as well as the Classical greats Frederic Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninoff. “I found my voice through exploring the beauty and sorrow of their timeless music and its impact on my life.” James now enjoys surfing and disc golf, communing with nature in a way that feeds his creative impulses.
Alongside a challenging yet rewarding career in Aerospace Engineering, he devotes his free time to his true passion of creating music. “Composing allows me to break free of the worries of tomorrow, and focus on the present moment.” His two albums, The Day Before Tomorrow & Coming Home, tell a story of love, confusion, and hope and have been compared to albums by New Age pianists Jim Brickman and George Winston. Through broken 10th chord progressions, the The Day Before Tomorrow’s opening song, “Superhero in the Musicbox,” conveys the universal dream of a child to make his mark on the world. In Coming Home’s “Skipping Stones,” the listener is taken on a modal journey through regrets of past transgressions and the joy that comes with moving on.
A relaxing winter tribute, Coming Home’s “Embers,” evokes memories of times spent with family and friends, huddled around a warm fire. James performs at 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA. and small local venues including the Jeanie Madsen Art Gallery. His emotional collection of soul-seeking melodies serves as a foundation for his future works. Ultimately, he wants his music to be a source of strength for his audience.
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