James Nagel
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James Nagel

Livermore, California, United States | SELF

Livermore, California, United States | SELF
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter




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-String Theory EP - set to release August 2013

-"We're Laughing All The Way" Christmas Single
Released November 2013

-Revel In The Flame EP - Released May 2012

-"Baby Just Come On Back" single hits rotation on San Francisco's KFOG Radio and featured on the Local Scene Compilation Album 8 (2011)

-Soul Company LP - Released January 2011



James Nagel is an artist apart from other singer/songwriters. His voice will warm your soul while his earthy tunes will grab hold of your spirit, keeping you begging for more. His sound is heavily influenced by timeless greats, and it artistically blends old-school rock and roll with contemporary, zesty pop. This down-to-earth Bay Area native has an unparalleled passion and drive that is not going unnoticed in today’s music industry. President of Songwriter’s Resource Network and Writer/Producer Steve Cahill (Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Billy Joel) hails James as, “easily one of the most talented young songwriters around today. His work resonates with insight, emotional complexity and creative passion. James is an artist who impresses on every level.”

Since launching onto the scene in 2011, James has released three records, placed multiple singles on San Francisco’s KFOG radio, won Best Pop Song in the International Great American Song Contest for his infectious track “Watching From An Airplane”, landed placements in commercials and television shows including ABC’s Nashville, and has toured well over two hundred calendar dates while sharing the stage with such iconic acts as three-time Grammy artist Shawn Colvin at the infamous State Theater in Modesto California.

James took up the drums at age eleven and plays a multitude of instruments including guitar, bass, mandolin, accordion, and piano. In every recording (which by the way, James also independently engineers and produces) he can be heard performing several of the instruments himself as well as singing many of his own background harmonies. This Do-It-Yourselfer’s approach to music was instilled in him by many of his mentors throughout his time spent as a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. James credits the instruction and inspiration of musical giants such as Casey Scheuerell (Gino Vanelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, Chaka Khan), Charlie Sorrento (Aretha Franklin), Dick Lowell (Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Buddy Rich), and Henry Gaffney (Roberta Flack, The Four Tops, Judy Collins, Glen Campbell) for helping him hone his craft and steer him in the right direction musically.

Today the music industry seems to ebb and flow with nervous uncertainty, but where some may see a flickering flame striving to stay alive; James can see an ocean of endless opportunities. He holds knowledge and depth of not just music, but also the business behind it. Talents and skills coupled with a refreshingly centered personality no doubt make James Nagel a rare gem among the masses.

-H.G. Andrews
-S. Briar