Born in Upton Park, James was signed to a major label by the age of 17, already writing for himself and other artists.
Brought up around his parents’ musical tastes, the teenager absorbed the likes of Bob Dylan and Billy Joel before latching onto Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. To this current day, the young artist is obsessed with jazz-influenced performers such as Amy Winehouse, Chet Baker and D’Angelo.
Still only 19, James now comes through with the first release from his debut EP “Little Love”, released on 1 June. The title track exhibits an extremely well-honed singer and lyricist with serious charm and young wit, a precocious mix of Jamie T and the soulful muses of his early teenage years. Still it’s the sense of graft and dedication even at this early age that sets this track apart. Pop leanings certainly, but James’ potential feels remarkable. Watch here