Not long after this discovery, James was teaching himself the ropes by playing along to records of bands like the Eagles and Neil Young. After playing in a few school bands, James decided to play professionally and became a regular performer at clubs around the Midlands in England. James further refined his skills as a songwriter and performer in London, eventually landing a demo session at the famed Abbey Road Studios. As a result, his music came to the attention of Columbia Records in New York City. In the end, James walked away with the record deal that enabled him to take his band "Wood" into the studio. The record "Songs from Stamford Hill" (a reference to where he was living at the time) was born.
"Stay You”, the single from the album became a top 5 hit on the Adult Alternative charts. Songs from the album found homes on the first "Dawsons Creek", and the major motion picture “Serendipity”, both substantial placements for a debut artist. James toured with the US with Train, Paula Cole, Meshell Ngegecello as well as headlined shows all over the states. Since leaving Columbia, James has moved to New York and signed an exclusive publishing deal with Razor and Tie Music Publishing. His band features Spin Doctors drummer Aaron Comess and newly signed Ryko recording artist Leslie Mendelson. After a 10 year absence he released Sunrise on Avenue C on Ascend Records. Read more on Last.fm.
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