Brad James

Brad James

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Brad James is the kind of guy male country music fans want to be and female country fans just plain want. James' talent produces a mesmerizing live performance. Distinct, unforgettable thanks to a unique style, James reveals a steadfast country foundation with intimations of other popular music

Biography

Career Highlights:

*Performing at the 2012 Canadian Music Week in Toronto

* Songwriter showcase performance at the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards

* Shared the stage with Emerson Drive, Big and Rich, Shane Yellowbird, Aaron Pritchett, George Canyon, Tara Oram and Jason McCoy, Terri Clark, Adam Gregory

* Produced by award winning producer Dale Penner (Nickelback, Holly McNarland, Matthew Good)

* Wrote with respected Nashville song writers: Frank J. Myers, Jason McCoy, Clayton Bellamy (The Road Hammers), Steve Fox, Tim Taylor, AJ Masters, Joe Beck, Amanda Martin and James House

* First 2 singles have received cross Canada airplay; with "If You Like That Sorta Thing" reaching Top 30

* Received free national radio distribution for 1st single as a result of winning a cross Canada songwriting competition for the song "The Word" (Brad's next upcoming single release). This was voted upon by radio Program Directors from all formats across Canada

* Finished first Canadian tour in 2010

* Shot first video in 2010 for "If You Like That Sorta Thing"

* Collaborated with members of both Doc Walker and Emerson Drive for single "Photograph"

* Sold over 2,000 copies of debut CD at live shows

* Debut album was nominated for Country Album of The Year at 2009 Hamilton Music Awards

* Featured performer at The Songwriters in The Round at Douglas Corner in Nashville, TN

* Finalist in both the 2008 and 2009 Canada Day Jam "Big Break" competition sponsored by Corus Entertainment

Bio:

Brad James is a thief.

Not your typical robber, mind you. Humble, sincere, and honest, the Stoney Creek, Ontario-based country singer/songwriter would never dream of taking someone else's physical property.

With his chiseled features, velvety voice and rugged handsomeness though, he is an unintentional bandit of adoration; an emotional kleptomaniac stealing hearts and thoughts across Canada. Talented, dapper and smooth, Brad James is the kind of guy male country music fans want to be and female country fans just plain want.

Factor in that his self-titled debut full-length CD is one the of the most compelling and enthralling experiences Canadian country music has encountered in some time, and one can see why James is considered a purloiner of passion and outright musical master.

Born in the modest town of Belleville, Ontario, the past seven years have found this engaging singer/songwriter discover an adoration for music when literally stumbling into his first acoustic guitar.

“My friend left a guitar in my trunk and I started messing around with it. I learned a couple of chords and really came to enjoy it,” he confides wistfully about his humble beginnings. “Working at a country bar, I got to know some of the bands. Eventually, one of them convinced me to get up on stage on and sing. Besides being ridiculously nervous, it was amazing. That was my first introduction to singing country tunes.”

Delving into his craft with fervour has resulted in a namesake debut that is virtually unequalled. A fan of rock, drawn to classical, steeped in country and schooled in jazz—having graduated from Mohawk College's Jazz Program circa 2007—James may have had a simple introduction to melody but he is creating one hell of an impact on it. Showcasing James' originality, vitality and relentless drive, his solo effort provokes the world of country music to new levels of catchiness, cunning, and creativity.

Naturally, James' talent—when amalgamated with being easy on the retinas—produces a mesmerizing live performance. Distinct, unforgettable and enrapturing thanks to a unique style, James reveals a steadfast country foundation with intimations of other popular music to highlight. Reflecting unassumingly however, he notes that while not intending to become a solitary performer, fate dictated it.

“Once I knew I wanted to play country, I just ploughed ahead with my own convictions and dreams. I have an idea of what style of music I love, whether it be listening or playing. Not everybody is going to agree with that or share the vision of what I want to build and create. So, when it came to working with a band or pursuing this alone, I went solo.”

James does note that he's not entirely companionless though. His debut has garnered a powerful relationship with producer Dale Penner (Nickelback, Matthew Good Band, and Holly McNarland).
Forging a quick friendship during a Canadian Country Music Awards ceremony, their similar goals and working mindsets made them inseparable during the completion of James' vibrant exercise in emotive, contemplative and simply enjoyable tunes from the lilting ballad “Bitter” to candied “That Sorta Thing” and inspiring “Waitin’ on a Miracle.”

“I tend to keep it to myself because I just want people to enjoy themselves but most of the songs are about love, love, love,” he reveals about his music's lyrical motivation. “Whether it be lost, new, impending or whatever, there's al

Discography

Brad James - Brad James (2009)
Brad James - "If You Like That Sorta Thing" single & video
Brad James - "Photograph" single

Set List

If You Like That Sorta Thing
Bitter
Waitin' On A Miracle
Crazy Sometimes
Abilene
Everything She Thought I Did
The Word
The Best Is Yet To Come
Lovin' It In The Country
PLUS: An extensive catalogue of new and old country-rock