James grew up inspired by elements across all genres of music – singing & playing in church, songwriting, and working as a guitar player on Chicago’s blues scene. He studied voice & guitar at the University of Michigan earning his BFA in Jazz. James has since worked in all styles of music contributing as a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer. As a sideman, James has extensively toured North American and Europe performing with artists such as Vulpeck, Theo Katzman, Joey Dosik, Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive) among many others. James has maintained a private studio of students thru his years in Michigan and LA and takes great care in helping students attain their personal goals in music.