Connie James

Connie James

 New York City, New York, USA
BandJazzAdult Contemporary


“In a time when infamy and scandal seem to be far more valued than skill and artistry when it comes to current American performing icons, Connie James is actually a supremely talented singer and song stylist in the truest sense of the tradition of the troubadour.Her voice is simply a thing of beauty and her song style is something that should, quite frankly, be heard by anyone who can hear!” Lee Bell, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

Biography

In January of 2010, Singer/Actress CONNIE JAMES had the distinction of performing as the opening act for an American Comedy icon, Mr. Bob Newhart. And in February 2010 Ms. James starred in the one woman show: “Fever: a Tribute to Peggy Lee” which opened at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, in Palm Beach. Among her credits Ms. James also starred in the independent short film “Brothers”, by Italian Director Fernando Scarpa. In the film, Ms. James plays the dual role of New York City Police Detective Helene Garza and a Benedictine Nun. Needless to say, the film’s plot has a few unexpected twists and turns. Piqued your interest? Then catch it at an art house theatre or film festival near you!
For the past two years, Ms. James has been a featured artist in the touring tribute shows: “Sweet Baby James”, a tribute to the Great American songsmith, James Taylor; and “Blue”, The Songs of Joni Mitchell. Both projects as well as “Fever: A Tribute To Peggy Lee”, were produced by Producer, Peter Ligeti of Ligeti Artists and The Showstore: To see clips from the shows, log on to the website at: www.theshowstore.com. All three critically acclaimed shows continue to tour across the United States to sold out audiences.
Over the past 20 years Ms. James has spent much of her time as club and studio singer in New York. She has also been nominated for a Pixie Award for Best Song/Soundtrack in a Motion Picture for the song “Three Words”, which she co-wrote and recorded with Composer/Pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs, for the short subject film “Whoa”. The film received the Angel Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003. The film was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
A classically trained singer with a degree in music from the University of South Carolina, several years ago Ms. James decided to add acting to her repertoire of talents, landing roles on NBC’s “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit” and “Homicide: Life on the Street”. Ms. James’ voice can be heard as the announcer in commercials for “Partnership for a Drug Free America” and for Denny’s “Skillets for Breakfast”.
Recently, Connie put together a performance piece that can only be described as “ambitious”. The work is an attempt to cover a broad spectrum of American life through a song series comprised of songs from the Great American Songbook. The piece entitled “Connie James: Raising the Bar-Love Songs From the Great American Songbook, Then and Now”. The show has received rave reviews from the New York music and theatre community, and there will be encore presentations of it coming in the summer of 2010.

Discography

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