Born in Tauranga James grew up on semi-rural area on the out skirts of the city. Jame’s has early childhood memories of Sunday mornings listening to his father’s collection of jazz records.
James learned piano to grade 3. He taught himself some contemporary piano tunes he liked. In his late teens Jame’s bought a Neil Young song book and started to learn guitar. Neil is still one of his favorite song writers along with Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and others.
Jame’s enjoys awide range of music. Joe Cocker, The Doobie Brothers, Cold Chisel, Deep purple, Led Zeppelin, U2 are just some of my favorites but he enjoyed all sorts of music from different genre’s.
Playing the guitar and learning to sing meant playing on the street busking was a good place to practice and earn a little money at the same time. With Rhythm and vocals James got together with a like-minded group of friends and formed a band (The Peace Shop) and played around the Coromandel but like a lot of bands we fell apart after one season. It was a great experience as there was 6 of them with 2 girls, so it gave us a lot of versatility and they were able to cover a wide variety of music.
James has always been a keen outdoors man. He believe my passion for nature is reflected in his writing.
James has written songs since he began playing guitar. He see music as an enjoyable way to communicate experiences, feelings, ideas etc. and have fun.
Jame’s favorite music is to create or jam with other like-minded musicians to make spontaneous but tight sounds. Ideally James would like to record his own songs (or yours) with a group of musicians in this way.