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New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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"Online Performance Review"

(Excerpt) "...James Gilchrist, with special guest Celeste Ray, mellowed the crowd with folk and Irish melodies. Many took this time to relax and enjoy being serenaded with Gilchrist's smooth vocals..." - Angie Kennedy, Wash. D.C., Pagan Pride Day Press Coordinator, 9/13/03

"Open Hearth Foundation Spring Ball & Silent Auction Report"

(Excerpt) "...Participants were greeted by the lyrical sounds of Blue Knight - a folk/rock/world-music band from New York City, powered by the accompanying voices and instruments of James Gilchrist, Celeste Ray, Bethany Burgess-Smith, and Carol Crittenden. Celeste Ray also wowed the crowd with a combination of voice, instrument, and Celtic theme. One of the top three bowed psaltery players in the world (and just as good a singer) Ray helped usher the Ball's participants into the main hall with beautiful ballads and Celtic/World music originals that more than set the tone for the theme of this year's Ball: Enter The Fairy Realm..." - Shea Thomas, Board of Directors, 5/25/03

"Brooklyn Heights Press, Arts & Entertainment"

(Excerpt) "...James Gilchrist quickened the pulse with a rock number inspired by the John Keats poem "La Belle Dame sans Merci." Is it possible that another source of inspiration was Ricky Martin's "Livin' la Vida Loca"? Despite its Celtic roots, this piece had a distinct Latin flavor..." - Rose Deschenes

"September Concert (Annual Benefit in Remembrance of 9/11/2001)"

[Blue Knight] "...put on a great show as usual - guests were impressed with James' "Simon-and-Garfunkelishness" (you heard it here first, eat your heart out Webster's unabridged!)..." - Amy Hamilton, Felissimo Design House, NYC

""3 Weeks of Pride" @"

(Excerpt)"...Blue Knight, an awesome band down from New York, gave a wonderful performance. Their music is difficult to classify. One can hear so many musical influences in their songs - world and folk, rock, Celtic and all manner of other goodies. It was their second time at the D.C. Pagan Pride festival and the past year had obviously been spent perfecting their sound..." - Irene Jericho - Band leader, Revel Moon

""A Perfect Knight at Cafe Adagio""

(Excerpt)..."From out of Venus' foam, and guided by shining stars, Blue Knight excavated planet [Cafe] Adagio. [James'] enchanting music created experiential volumes that intrigued - a memorable exchange of tragic power, melancholy, and an energy of sweet, intense Pathos filled with honor. [His] is magic music that can bring inner equilibrium of self-transcendence. In it, the wisdom of the heart is revealed, fulfilling the meaning of homo sapiens ultimate love..."

Lida Hrdic, journalist and former resident "Castle Above Field", Sarajevo - Online article by Lida Hrdic, 5/25/04, St. Petersburg, FL

"Celtic MP3s Music Magazine -"

(Excerpt) ..."A Maid In Ninian's Day is a beautiful original Celtic New Age trip with powerful music. The melody sounds very traditional, like an old carol that I can't put my finger on... always a good sign. On the download page, you get a Pre-Raphaelite art piece that I assume was in part an inspiration for the song. For a live recording, it beautifully fits the mood. Simply beautiful!" - Marc Gunn

"A Very Special Compilation (self-released)"

Blue Knight's record begins with the pleasantly folksy "Always." It's a good showcase for James Gilchrist's voice and songwriting skills. "Three Rivers" is breezy and Gilchrist sweetly sings of finding a new love. The quietly strummed guitar is the only accompaniment. "Celebrating You" is upbeat and happy.

"La Belle Dame" is a scratchy live recording of a mythic song. Still, the beauty of Gilchrist's composition shines through so it's no great complaint. This is a very nice and pleasant record and the group seem gifted. - Anna Maria Stjärnell,


"Out Of The Blue" - James Gilchrist & Julie Sherwood (2008 - Forthcoming)
"Songs Of Christmas" - James Gilchrist & Julie Sherwood (2006)
"Live at Esoterica, 6/25/05" - Blue Knight with James Gilchrist (2005)
"A Special Compilation" - Blue Knight with James Gilchrist (2004)
"New Beginnings" - James Gilchrist (2003)



"There isn't one performer that James Gilchrist sounds like - but there are many artists whose influence can be heard in his songwriting. He is a thoughtful lyricist with a positive outlook, an impression he manages to convey even in songs that speak to life's pain. Looking within to find answers, Gilchrist sometimes doesn't know what questions to ask - but he keeps asking, searching and learning. Emotionally-charged-yet-soothing vocals, stirring melodies that stay with the listener, haunting harmonies, and a writing style that stays fresh song after song invite audiences to step inside Gilchrist's music and wonder for the duration."


Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Michael Franks, Gordon Lightfoot, Jethro Tull, Iron Maiden, Queensrÿche, The Police, Rush, Yes, Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, The Corrs, David Gray (pre - "A New Day..."), Loreena McKennitt, Joe Satriani, Steeley Dan, John Coltrane, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Al Jarreau, Matchbox 20, Miles Davis, Ludwig van Beethoven, Stravinsky, and others...


James and Julie met in the fall of 2004 and were immediately convinced they should make music together. At the time, James was looking to fill some vocal "shoes" left empty by the departure of vocalist Carol Crittenden from his band Blue Knight. He placed an ad on the NY area Craig's List to which Julie responded.

"I knew right away that Julie was a serious talent, someone I could count on to sing beautifully and to really dive in and learn lots of material. We clicked, too, on both an artistic and spiritual level - that was very important to me," said James when asked about meeting Julie for the first time. "We had a gig scheduled for the first week of the new year (2005) and with very short notice, she was prepared to perform several songs incorporating 3 part harmony. At the rehearsal studio, she and then Blue Knight singer Bethany Burgess-Smith sat on the floor comparing notes and getting to know each other. Her easygoing-yet-professional attitude impressed me - and her voice! To die for..."

After that first gig with James in January of 2005, Julie had to return to her home state of Colorado to perform in a theatrical production in which she'd been cast. "I was bummed that so soon after finding Julie, she had to leave on what would wind up a rather extended hiatus. But I understood - that we both had theater backgrounds was yet another reason I wanted to work with her. So I said I hoped she'd come back and work with us again and the show went on, as it were."

Happily for James, Julie did return in the fall of 2005 and expressed her interest in rejoining the band. "From September of 2005 until July of 2006, Julie was an intregal part of Blue Knight's music. She performed in many venues, learned a ton of music and folks remarked on her style and professionally trained voice. She and Debbi Adelman (who began singing with the band shortly after Julie left) became a great team with whom I loved working."

In July of 2006, James decided that the Blue Knight band had run its course. James asked Julie to continue to sing with him as he launched a new plan that would see the two of them performing as a duet and bringing new elements into the music. They would perform songs from musical theatre, explore ways to showcase Julie's talents as a lead singer and pianist, and record and write new music together as 2006 came to a close.

"We've recorded some Christmas music and are beginning work on a two new of songs we sing together and one of songs written for her to sing solo. She'll be recording piano, I'll be playing guitar and we'll both be taking advantage of the flexibility our home studio has to offer. As long as I keep getting to make music with Julie, I know I'll be happy. I'm so lucky she found me!"

(For more information about James and Julie, see the artist bios below.)


James studied music and voice at Susquehanna University (PA), acting at the National Shakespeare Conservatory (NYC), and performed dozens of musicals, comedies, and dramas during the 10 years before he moved to New York City in January, 1998. There he worked steadily as an actor until September of 2001. Following 9/11 he decided that his songwriting muse could no longer be denied and he began performing his songs in bars, clubs and coffee houses in and around New York's Greenwich Village.

James first got the idea to create a company called "Share the Light Productions" in 1993 while performing a Civil War musical in Gettysburg, PA. He had just begun writing songs and hoped that someday such a company would help him to promote his unique style of folk/rock music. Ten years later that dream came to fruition and STLP also became "a center of spiritual operations" for all his artistic endeavors. He released his first CD "New Beginnings" in February, 2002. An all original soundtrack to a stage play of the same name, the CD marked the firs