James Hampton
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James Hampton

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter


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"James Hampton Land or Sea"

**** (4/5 stars)

IT's almost impossible to believe this debut album was penned, arranged and performed by local Melbourne musician James Hampton.

Harder still to believe is the fact that he has not been spotted earlier, for this 10-track debut takes the listener through a fantastic musical journey of jazz, funk, pop and soul, gloriously stamped with an amazing, careless, yet intelligent sound, that can only be described as James Hampton.

Comparisons can be made, and they will _ hints of Harry Connick Jr, Joe Jackson, Billy Joel, Elton John and Ben Folds can at varying times be heard across any number of tracks _ but Hampton's croon retains the freshness of youth that is his and his alone.

After a spoken opening track, the young Box Hill Tafe music graduate kicks in with the big-band styled All My Money's Gone, setting a fast paced, feel-good vibe. But he also breaks the components of the big band for some small-unit-features, that showcase his impressive piano ability.

Light hearted tales are intertwined with deeper heartfelt ballads, 'Just Be Julia' sings with young lovers angst while 'When Tomorrow Comes' is comparable to Brian Wilson's timeless classic 'I Just Wasn't Made for These Times' in its themes of self-doubt and adolescent insecurity.

Hampton says he is working on his next album, which is exciting because there is no reason he shouldn't explode. For now, it is a young man playing from the heart , with his upbringing and his roots deeply entrenched through the album. If you want something a little different, get it.

Shannon Deery
Sun Herald Sunday
25th Jan 2009
- Sunday Herald Sun Melbourne


Land or Sea CD
Radio play in Australia and Ireland
Several songs recorded and live on Yarra Valley FM 99.1
All My Money's Gone 99.9 FM Bay FM in Byron Bay
When Tomorrow Comes 98.1 FM Radio Eastern Land or Sea 92.3 FM ZZZ
Land or Sea 94.1 FM 3WBC
Got No Friends 3mFM Gippsland
Got No Friends RTE Radio 1 Ireland

SYN 1700 Channel 31 Melbourne



James is working on his second album.

First album had great results in UK Songwriting contest - Nowhere Land - finalist (Pop) and When Tomorrow Comes, Just Be Julia and All My Money's Gone - semi finalists.

James is Singer, Piano player and Songwriter from Melbourne, Australia.

Influences ... include Elton John, David Bowie, Prince, Harry Conick Jnr, Vince Jones ....

www.jameshampton.com.au Don't forget the .au
links to myspace and youtube