Frightened Cellar
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Frightened Cellar

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

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


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"Frightened Seller Resonance @ Matchless"

Songwriter and pianist James Wilson has created a stage persona, Frightened Seller, around a dream in which he was trapped in a cellar. From this inspiration stems dramatic, personal and powerful ballads. - Jezebel

"Seller Fusion Gigs"

Frightened Seller has a few fusion gigs coming up with Kazunari Abe, a Japanese Shino-bue player who has also played with Kodo, the world famous Taiko group. - Japan Newbie

"Best Songwriters In New York City"

Frightened Cellar was named #66 in the category of best songwriters in New York City. - The Deli


Sora Ocean (Ehime Prefecture Japan)
“88” (2010)
Frightened Seller (New York, NY)
“Exordium” (2009)
“A Collection of Late Successes” (2008)
“Frightened Sellers and Basement Dwellers” (2006)
James Wilson (Cedar Falls, IA)
“James Wilson Senior Recital" (2004_
“Like Smoke Traveling Through Water” (2004)
“Road To My World” (2002)



Frightened Cellar is a Brooklyn based narrative melodic piano punk artist. The classically trained pianist’s influences are varied and diverse. He has stated that his style has been influenced by Tom Waits, Ludwig van Beethoven, Kate Bush, Nick Cave, Richard Wagner, Nina Simone, Art Tatum, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, The Beach Boys and David Bowie.

Raised in rural Iowa, Frightened moved to New York City in 2004 with two suitcases and a few dollars to pursue a career in music. After only a few short months in NYC, he had performed at several high profile venues including CBGB’s and The Knitting Factory and was signed to an independent record label. He parted ways with the now defunct record label and eventually he made the decision to go DIY.

In 2009 he took a year long hiatus from the city. He returned to his roots in the countryside, but on the other side of the world. He moved to rural Japan to study traditional Japanese culture and music. While in Japan he met shinobue player Kazunari Abe. The two formed the band Sora Ocean, recorded an album and toured the country. Their debut album “88” is now available through all major digital download retailers.

Frightened Cellar is currently in his home studio in Brooklyn creating material for his first solo album.