The Wandering Soul

James is a recording artist from Cortland, NY and is currently on the Northeast touring for the remainder of the year. With a mix of folk influence and a tad of blues and old country, James is an inventive singer/songwriter looking to share his music far and wide. Having grown up listening to his father perform, James was motivated to fashion his own musical career at an early age.  James had his first show at the age of 14 and has performed professionally since. From the United States to Canada and beyond, James travels wherever his music allows him to go.


James rides around in a 2018 Ford Transit Van that him and his partner are the process of converting into a touring machine! Having gone from a 1987 Ford RV that, "broke down in every state from California to New York," they are excited to have some reliable wheels. You can even find the build out on his Facebook music page.


Said to have a rather distinctive melancholy tone, James has the ability to captivate his audience in a way that is unforgettable. 

James released his pre-sale on October 9th 2019 for his new album titled, "Dilation" recorded at Another Recording Company in Omaha, NE. James is now on the list of ever-popular musicians including: Jason Mraz, Conor Oberst, Phoebe Bridgers, The First Aid Kit and many others who have had the opportunity to work with ARC. The album is now available for sale and vinyl is on the way.

NEW: Check out James's New Single, "Halfway Home." Don't forget to listen on Spotify. 

A Fresh Start

"Getting a new start is refreshing to say the least," James stated. "Although the task is daunting, it's almost like selling your things before the move. You look around and realize you have nothing left. There is no job, no couch, no bed, and for some reason, you feel liberated. Everything you worked for prior to that moment, now has new meaning. You only have your experiences and memories to draw from. I'm not too worried yet; I'm pretty certain at this point that I was born to do this." ​

"It’s hard trying to figure out how you want to spend the time that you have here. I want to share the feeling I get when I play these songs with everyone that wants to hear. For me, it’s important to give people small moments of joy through the medium that has always brought me to that same state of mind." 


"Most recently, I’m building on the success of my new album. Still in motion, I’m recording and writing every day, preparing for the next chapter. 


"2020 is all about legitimizing what I’m doing enough to get more people involved in this journey. I want to write more, read more and use the things I’ve learned to share more music with a greater number of people. I want people to use this music. I want to encourage them to break away from the normal societal platform, even if it can only be for a few hours.

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