Andrew James

Andrew James

BandPopAdult Contemporary

Piano based songs backed with the rise and fall of a band. Melodies you'll be singing all day. Think David Gray meets The Fray.

Biography

Andrew James was born in the UK and has been writing and performing songs since he was at school, aged just eleven! Classically trained on the piano from the age of nine, Andrew worked right through the grading system and finally finished aged 17, when his love for writing completely took over. Andrew is also a drummer.

Andrew and his band of experienced pro musicians have recorded a five track EP (plus a session live album to sell as a limited release at gigs) and played venues all over, including London, Nashville, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and of course closer to his home town of Stratford upon Avon.

2007/08 saw the guys make three trips out to Nashville to play to a whole host of different venues and audiences, which was great exposure and a real experience. Lodz in Poland saw Andrew and the band play the main stage of their week long festival which was a great success resulting in a return invite.

Currently Andrew is gigging in the UK as well as concentrating on writing the final songs to be added to the first studio album, which is due out in 2009.

"Of course whenever we're asked to play a venue it's great to do. I love to get out there and see what people think about my material. In addition to gigging, I'm constantly writing and looking for new ideas. It's very important as a singer/songwriter, to ensure your mind is open to new ideas and styles just so that you don't stagnate artistically."

Andrew James certainly has a growing fan base and a distinctive sound which clearly allows him and his musicians the freedom to perform with passion and forge ahead with clear purpose.

Lyrics

I can't fight

Written By: Andrew James

I can’t help wondering, if I was better off tumbling, down,
On my knees I stay, but I feel no better that way,
I can’t seem to focus now, I’ve been feeling the strain,
Show me signs of victory, only to fail again,

(Cos) I can’t fight my, appetite I, feel deprived I,
Can’t get high off you, (I) can’t get by off you,
Three’s a crowd I, played your game now I, feel the strain I,
Can’t get high off you, can’t get by off you…..

Never comes to anything, all the ties I’m severing, now,
Never count on anything, like a fire that’s burning, out,
I can’t seem to focus now, I’ve been feeling the strain,
Show me signs of victory, only to fail again,

Chorus

Am I fading away, no,
Always the same, gotta’ be strong,
I won’t sit up and beg,
For anyone……’cos….

Chorus
I can’t get by off you………

Safe as houses

Written By: Andrew James

I never read my stars, never wanna’ see, what I’m meant to be,
Life behind my bars, do you wanna’ play, do you wanna’ stay,
Feel like I could lie, undetected, here,
Feel like I could die, unprotected here, unprotected here,

Calling out, search and, rescue every time, somebody throw a line,
Going down, reach and, pull me up into, let me up into the,
Light, your, light, was lost, I’m found, wanna’ feel,
I’m safe as houses now,
I’m safe as houses now.

(I) tell it like I see, no ribbon tied, no gift inside,
(You) feel the weight of me, too much for you, to carry through,

Chorus

Hang On

Written By: Andrew James

Hang on

Still you carry me, on your shoulder,
Even though I told you, even though I told you
Something I feel I cannot measure,
I cannot measure, but I can’t deny,

Now I feel, delirious, And I know, I’m tedious,
You help me find, my piece of mind,

Hang on to me, you keep me, from falling,
Hang on, to me, you hear me, I’m calling,
Hang on, Only one,
Who can see where I’m coming from

Try to hide away from my fear,
I disappear, I disappear,
I couldn’t tell you why, why, I cry,

Now I feel etc

Chorus

Safety Wire

Written By: Andrew James

Safety Wire (B flat)

If you can read my mind, please don’t tell me what you find,
If you can free my soul, please tell me how to keep control,

Still I lose my way, and I try so desperately to say,

Where’s my safety wire, Cos I never said go,
Now I’m falling into somewhere I don’t know,
I had my finger on the trigger, But I never say die,
And if I go under, can I save myself in time

I throw myself into, doors I’ll never make it through,
And every time I choose, which piece of mind I lose,

Still I lose my way, And I try so desperately to say,

Where’s my safety wire, Cos I never said go,
Now I’m falling into somewhere I don’t know,
I had my finger on the trigger, But I never say die,
And if I go under, can save myself, can I save myself oh,

How can I make it out, when I can’t take it in
How can I make it out, when I can’t take it in oh
How can I make it out, when I can’t take it all in…. oh…..

Instrumental

Where’s my safety wire, Cos I never said go,
Now I’m falling into somewhere I don’t know,
I had my finger on the trigger, But I never say die,
And if I go under, can I save myself,
Can I save myself, can I save myself, Can I save myself….

Over and Over

Written By: Andrew James

Over and Over

Over and over, I think I’ve been there too
Over and over, just to keep an eye on you
Maybe I say your prayers, maybe I share you regrets
See the flag of white surrender
Time to push your demons under now

I give you the best of my everything
You take it all, you’re gonna’ make it out alive
Climb up beside just be sure that you leave this life behind

Over and over, we cross the enemy line
And I can be your soldier, ohh but you can never be mine
No cavalry standing by, no cover no place to hide,
Be strong in you own conviction,
Stand up, we take our own direction now

CHORUS

Alone

Written By: Andrew James

I’ve been feeling fine, what’s my state of mind,
I don’t know, I can’t tell, maybe I lost it this time,
Feel like a spinning wheel, only one thing in mind,
Can I steel, a minute of your time?

I can see in your eyes, all I need to survive,
Lift me up, take me down, just don’t leave me out,
Like the child in your dreams, I need you more than life it seems,
And I don’t wanna’ fight, the day or night alone

Feeling nervous now, I need to know where I stand,
You don’t take, but you’re holding out your hand,
And in your private mind, maybe I know what you see,
You’re half blind, ‘cos you’re the other half of me

Chorus

I see you, I touch you, I feel you, I can’t deny, You take me high,
I can’t deny, you take me high…….

Chorus x 2
Fade to end

Discography

Andrew James: EP

Broken: 2 live radio performances: BBC Cov/Warwks (UK)

I can't fight: Live radio performance BBC Cov/Warwks (UK) + CD radio play BBC Cov/Warks (UK)

Safe as houses: CD radio play BBC Cov/Warks (UK)

My bridge is burning: Live radio performance from FUEL, Nashville on NIXACountry.

Alone: Live radio performance from FUEL, Nashville on NIXACountry + CD radio play 91X (CA)

Available on itunes

www.myspace.com/andrewjamesmusic

Set List

Set time is usually one hour.

I can't fight, Safety Wire, Scared to fall down, Hang on, Over and Over, Pretending, Broken, Alone, My bridge is burning