After a turbulent adolescence fraught with difficulties, two open-heart surgeries, drug dependence, parental instability, and unhealthy personal relationships, it’s no wonder James feels the need to run toward - or away from - something greater than him.
This chosen statelessness and self-reliance has allowed James to introspect extensively and craft a defined and distinctive narrative voice. Urgent themes of identity and longing shroud his work; nostalgia for an un-had normality, yearning for lost love, and a heady sense of self-realization are explored in his poetic and intelligent lyrics.
His most recent release, a collaborative EP with Rain Adair (singer of MMX, tour history with The 1975 and The Pretty Reckless) and Isaac Wriston (bass player for Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R.) under the moniker Settling, is a confessional and emotive exploration of childhood trauma, addiction, loss and eventual recovery. It draws on sonic cues from artists such as Pinegrove, and Bon Iver, and was funded by Arts Council England.
To date James has performed at over 1,250 concerts worldwide, gained over 35 million streams across all DSPs, and been BBC Introducing’s “Artist Of The Week”. He will be touring extensively in 2024, and releasing a body of work including co-writes with Adam Lee (Emeli Sandé, Lizzy McAlpine). It will be releasing under esteemed label Snafu Records.