James Cottriall

James Cottriall

 Vienna, Vienna, AUT


Like anyone, my life is made up of lots of little things, but, above all, passion, place and love have made me who I am today. I grew up in the countryside of Warwickshire, England, just outside Stratford-upon-Avon. I studied German at the university of Nottingham and that is where the story really starts. As part of the course, it is necessary to complete one year abroad, in this case in a German-speaking country. I chose Austria and after an extremely chaotic and stressful 38 hour flight from London Heathrow I found myself in the historic capital city, beautiful Vienna.
In the spring of 2007 I had my first ever solo concert. After my neighbour heard me
singing Snow Patrol’s “Run” in the shower, she challenged me to perform in the bar
where I was working as a waiter. I didn’t trust myself to play any of my own songs, so
I played one hour of covers. It was a success and turned into a weekly event. Before
long, I started playing “Sunshine” (which is the first song I ever wrote), “Goodbyes”
and “Unbreakable”. From that day I have never looked back. I always work my hardest
to achieve my goals and am not afraid to take risks to get there. I am hungry to prove
myself to those I love, but even more to skeptics. I am incredibly fortunate to have a
loving family, great friends and fantastic team around me.
I learnt a lot about myself when I made my first ever demo album. At first, it was very strange to listen to myself playing but it allowed to understand what I was trying to say even more. I could hear when I was singing with passion and when I was not. Scott Segal, who provides the piano on the recordings, helped me tremendously. Scott lives in Viriginia, USA, and has a great home studio. During the day I would record the guitars and then when he got home we got down to the piano sections. He would change, put on some hilarious “I’m in the zone!” hat and off we’d go. Some five hours later we would sit down and see what we had achieved that day and always felt proud. The twelve songs we made together became “Chapters of Innocence”, an intimate selection of demo recordings, including early versions of “Unbreakable” and “Goodbyes”. This album is no longer available and is the first chapter is James’ career.


Everything changed in 2010. I released my debut single “Unbreakable” on April 9th and it excelled even my wildest dreams and reached number 1 in the Ö3 Hörercharts (Most Requested Charts for Austria) and was in the Top 40 Charts for 20 weeks. The song is also featured on the “Ö3 Greatest Hits vol. 50”, “AustroPop Forever Vol. 4” and “Cafe Puls Hits” compilation albums!

The second single, “So Nice” was released on August 6th. Following the hurt and heartache of “Unbreakable”, “So Nice” focusses on a new love, happiness and a fresh start in life. It’s all about starting each day right and not getting caught up in the stress and pressures of everyday life. Run away from it all and do what makes you happy! The song is also featured on “Ö3 Greatest Hits vol. 52”.

The third single of 2010 was the winter warmer “Goodbyes” and was released on December 10th.


Naturally, any musician is influenced by the music he listens to. In my case, Sting, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash and Bon Jovi are at the top of the list. All legends in music history, but other influences include Snow Patrol, U2, Placebo, InMe, Jason Mraz, David Bowie and Bob Dylan. At the end of the day, just give me some good music and I’ll be the guy with the biggest smile, especially on a hot summer’s day!


November 2008- Live Album: " One Voice.One Guitar.Lots of Friends."

Single Release April 2010: "Unbreakable"
- 5 weeks number one in the most requested charts
- 25 weeks in the sales charts
- 25 weeks in the airplay hot rotation charts
- still being played

- nominated for song of the year at the "Amadeus Awards 2010"

Single Release August 2010. "So Nice"
- 20 weeks in the sales charts
- top ten most requested charts for several weeks
- hot rotation for about 20 weeks
- still being played

Album Release October 2010 "Sincerely Me"
- charted at number 23 in its first week
- followed by an austrian wide, sold out Album Tour

Single Release December 2010
- first ballade