James Cottriall
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James Cottriall

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Pop Rock




"The live music scene LA is alive kicking with James Cottriall"

As an Award winning singer, songwriter, guitarist who has been a part of the live Music Scene in LA since the early 2000's, and now the Host of Music Mondays Open Mic, I am here to tell you that the Music Scene in Los Angeles is still Alive & Kicking! Things may have changed over the years, but passionate artists have adapted to the times, continuing to create & share their music, while daring to dream & living it. …... - The Examiner

"Midland Busker who won the voice"

Midland student James Cottriall wanted to make a bit of extra cash during a gap year so he started busking in Vienna – and ended up winning Austria’s version of TV talent show The Voice.

Now the 29-year-old singer-songwriter from Stratford-upon-Avon, who is already a star on the continent, is set to release his debut UK single, and is planning an album to follow.

Single Unbreakable, due out on March 16, is expected to be James’ big breakthrough in his homeland, and he is currently touring the length and breadth of the country to promote it.

“It took me all the strength I had in me not to shout it from the rooftops at the top of my lungs – but now I can!” he says.

“My debut single is coming out in the UK at last, and I’ll be singing it wherever anyone will let me.

“If you like the song, and want to hear it when you’re in the car, on the way to school, at work or hanging at a friend’s house, let the radio stations know!”

The former Stratford schoolkid had always dreamed of being a singer but put a pop career on hold while he continued his studies.

A fluent German speaker, he started writing music and playing guitar at the age of 12, went to Shakespeare’s school, and even played in front of the Prince of Wales when he visited the young musician’s class.

He won a scholarship at RADA, but decided instead to study languages at Nottingham University.

VIEW GALLERY James Cottriall singing in Vienna
“Part of my studies demanded I spend a gap year abroad,” he says. I decided to put my musical talents to good use to fund my time overseas. I’d sing in cafés and bars around Vienna, playing a combination of cover versions and my own, newly-composed songs.

“I also began busking and, one day, spotted a poster in a shopping mall for the Austrian version of The Voice.

“I decided to enter and I won the flipping thing. It was an amazing opportunity.”

The talent show triumph not only raised James’s profile, but also gave him the opportunity to record Unbreakable with top European producer Alexander Kahr. It went to No 1 in the Austrian ‘Most Requested Chart’.

The hit spent more than six months in the national Top 40 and was nominated as Song Of The Year at the 2010 Amadeus Awards.

James is still a big star in Austria. He has spent over 110 weeks in the Austrian Top 40 with nine singles and two Top 40 albums. His songs have also been used as the soundtrack to various TV and cinema ads for designer clothing manufacturers.

His songs gained a wider audience in 2011 when he supported Bryan Adams and, two years ago, toured with heart-throb Justin Bieber.

His newfound fame also earned him a place on Austrian TV series Dancing Stars, the country’s version of Strictly Come Dancing.

“Bryan Adams was the greatest honour for me, as I’ve always been a big fan,” says James. “He stood at the side of the stage for most of my performance. Obviously, I tried to play just that little bit better for him.”

He is now in the middle of a UK tour, performing stripped-back acoustic versions of his songs and is eyeing success in his homeland without the need for telly talent show exposure. - Birmingham Mail (UK)

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Common Ground

If Jason Mraz, Muse and Adele came together for an album, this is how I imagine it would sound. Warm and powerful acoustic tones undercut with atmospheric synthesizers and a dominant vocal. Also touches of Depeche Mode-esque ambeince make this my most diverse work to date.

1. Givin' Up

2. Stupid

3. The Devil

4. 1989

5. Stranger

6. #Nobody

7. Fire

8. Dance Dance Dance

9. The Hate Song

10. #Nobody (Acoustic)

11. Stupid (Acoustic)

Videos from the Common Ground album

With it's upbeat, driven acoustic sound contrasted with therapeutic lyrics Givin' Up is an upbeat 2010s answer to Gloria Gaynor's dancefloor classic I Will Survive. Keeping in line with that floor-filling sound, #Nobody gets the party started.

Love is Louder

Packed full of energy and emotion, not the soppy kind but the soul searching kind. These songs explore a journey of self-development and the ups and downs of relationships.

1. Stand Up

2. Keep On Trying

3. By Your Side

4. Smile

5. Him or Me?

6. The Best That I Can Be

7. Rainbow

8. One Wish

9. Forever

10. It Can Only be You

11. What You Thinking?

Videos from the Love is Louder album

If you've ever had a friend that would literally go to the ends of the earth for you then you will know exactly what By Your Side is about. Then there's Stand Up, an uplifting and motivational song reminding us to keep our heads high, no matter what.

Sincerely Me

An acoustic quartet and lots of heartfelt lyrics. These lethargic songs take a deep look inside the very core of love itself, how it can make us and break us.

1. Sunshine

2. Some Kind of Salvation

3. Unbreakable

4. A Little Love Song

5. The Moth Unto A Flame

6. Hold On, Darling

7. Whole World

8. Drawn In Two

9. Here Again

10. So Nice

11. I've Got You

12. Goodbyes

13. (Secret Track)

Videos from the Sincerely Me album

That's one leaky roof! Drowning in my own living room in Unbreakableshows just how it felt the first time my heart got broken. Then check out the new beginnings going on in So Nice live to 60,000.

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•                50,000+ record sales

•                125 top 40 chart weeks

•                10 top 40 singles

•                3 top 40 albums

•                3 million YouTube views

•                600k Spotify Streams

•                25k FaceBook followers

•                Support act for Bryan Adams, Justin Bieber and Take That

•                Shows to audiences of up to 85,000

•                Over 700 live shows performed

•                Over 50 self-written, fully recorded songs


James Cottriall is a singer-songwriter from Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and his upbringing in Shakespeare’s hometown is the root of his inspiration, writing his first songs at the age of 13. Whilst his career as a musician began at school it was as a young graduate at university in Vienna that his musical fate was sealed.

Towards the end of his last term James spotted a poster for the TV show The Voice in a shopping mall and simply thought ‘why not?’.  He won the competition and was taken on by Austria’s top record producer, Alexander Kahr. The pair immediately went into the studio to record James’ debut single, “Unbreakable”, which hit the number one spot in the Austrian ‘Most Requested Chart’ and spent over 6 months in the official Top 40 sales charts.

He went on to score 10 further hits, totalling over 125 weeks in the Austrian Official Top 40 charts and has performed over 700 shows in 15 countries, including festivals to audiences of over 80,000 and sharing the stage with the likes of Justin Bieber, Bryan Adams, Train and Taio Cruz. His profile is growing so quickly that Billboard USA featured James as an “up and coming artist to watch out for” and his You Tube channel has well in excess of 3 million views.

James about his newest album “STORIES” – “I recorded the album with a live band and then added overdubs, so it has a great edgy live feel with killer synth sounds to create my cool modern pop fusion style. It was an honour to work with musicians such as Alex Al on bass, who played with Michael Jackson, Sergio Gonzalez (Jennifer Lopez) and Richard Furch, an 8-time Grammy Winner (Prince and Usher).

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