James E. Smith was born in England but grew up playing music in a small town in Pennsylvania, eventually moving to Boston, New York, and finally landing in LA. A multi-instrumentalist, he spent the last 10 years playing and touring with his band, The Spring Standards. He is now branching out and releasing his debut solo material.
His premiere album, The Fortunate Ones, has sounds that span from softened singer-songwriter melodies, orchestrated cello tracks all the way to loud rhythmically charged pop songs that explore and embrace the juxtapositions that come with these varying moods, taking influence from artists such as Bill Withers, Queen and Young.
The lead single off of James’ debut project is also titled The Fortunate Ones. An upbeat, anthemic song with heartfelt melodies that lead us into a heavier chorus that bursts with powerful, locomotive energy and passion. It was written with a grateful look back on the past and a hopeful look forward.
Speaking on the release James’ says “I had been spending so much time romanticizing the beauty in other people’s lives that I began to not be able to see it in my own. This song came from the mental shift back to believing in myself as much as anyone else. The Fortunate Ones is my personal anthem.”