Brent James & The Contraband

Brent James & The Contraband

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Stevo Robertson suggested we submit to this festival. Debut record is being produced by Skidd Mills. Have professional management (Cory Gierman, and Attorney- Jeff Worob. Touring constantly. Performed on CBS Early Show and NBC's Jimmy Lloyd Songwriters Showcase.Currently finishing record in Nashvil


Show a little love for the hometown boys, as he sings on his upcoming release; Brent James knew what he wanted from an early age. He began singing with his mother in the front seat of their car and around the house while his father worked as an autoworker in Saginaw Michigan. James had a pretty good grasp on where he came from, always embracing his blue-collar roots. He began writing songs at the age of 9 while mowing lawns and doing chores for family all while telling his Mother & Father he would “move to NYC and become a singer one day.”

After fronting a couple bands and getting some touring under his belt, Brent knew it was time to make a leap. He packed up his bags and made the move to New York City. He began concentrating on song writing and honing his front man skills drawing on influences from Joe Cocker, Springsteen. Dylan & Mellencamp amongst many others. James: “There was never any shortage of amazing music playing around my house growing up. My parents had unbelievable taste. They introduced me to all the greats. I remember it totally making my head spin around”. Picture Bob Seger getting into a back alley fist fight with the Beach Boys and that’s my son. He can go gritty or pretty….” says Brent’s dad Robert.

In 2009 a few of Brent’s raw acoustic demo’s that he made on his computer fell into the hands of Grammy Award Winning Producer Skidd Mills. Brent and Skidd hit it off immediately and began recording Brent’s debut full length at the Sound Kitchen in Nashville Tennessee. “We moved so fast and it felt so easy it was a no brainer for me. You just know when you connect with someone musically and this was a live wire,” says James. With the record almost in the can and Cory Gierman & Brian Nelson on board to manage, the sky is no limit for what planet earth is about to endure. Look for an early 2010 release from the singer and tour to begin soon. I hear a train a comin….

“He grips the mic like a last call Vodka, amazing stage presence”! –Time Out New York (New York City)

“ This kid is from another space and time. Breath of fresh air”. –All Access Magazine (Los Angeles)

“Brent is an amazing songwriter. Truly has the formula down for writing memorable hooks.” -The Spill Magazine (Toronto)

“I’m a big supporter of Brent’s and look forward to getting behind this record” – XM/Sirius Radio DJ -Cane Peterson

“Wow! You got it!” -CBS Early Show anchor Maggie Rodriguez’ reaction after Brent’s 2007 Performance on the program


"Moment Of Silence"

Written By: Brent James

(Verse 1)
All these voices
I can’t stand the noise and
Everybody’s talking
I’m not hearing a word
There’s a million hi-ways crashing cars
And airplanes going nowhere fast
To start all over again

I’m not lost
I just can’t find my way

Don’t anybody want a moment of silence
Nothing but a blank page to hide in
A wave that rolls you over
As you’re READY to DROWN~
Everybody’s gotta start at nothing
Sometimes nothing is EVERYTHANG!
When LIFE gets LOUD
You gotta turn it down
You need a moment of silence

(Verse 2)
There are walls around me
But no ground beneath me
Just the thought alone
To drive me out of my mind
I’ve gotta clear my head
My God I can’t think straight
I try to catch my breath
But it keeps getting away

And I’ll go mad
Pretending I’m ok

I’m not goin under
I’m not goin under
I’m not goin under
I’m in over my head
I need a moment of silence


Finishing Debut Full Length with Producer Skidd Mills in Nashville TN. We have radio airplay. Can hear our first single "Moment Of Silence" at

Set List

Usually do 7-10 originals a night with 1 or 2 cool covers thrown in. Can play 20 minutes or 3 hours.