Guitar | Bass | Voice | Piano | Songwriting | Production
James grew up inspired by elements across all genres of music – singing and playing in church, songwriting, and working as a guitar player on Chicago’s blues scene. He studied voice and 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 America and Europe performing with artists such as Vulpeck, Jon Batiste, Theo Katzman, Lucius, and most recently Lake Street Dive.
James has maintained a private studio of students through his years in Michigan and LA and is dedicated to helping students grow in their connection with music.