James Potts Band

James Potts Band

 Mason, Ohio, USA
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Inspiring, modern Christian music with a rock edge

Biography

James Potts’ musical interests and style have traveled a long road that ultimately led him to Christian music. James would never have imagined that he would use his faith as inspiration and be leading worship when he first picked up the guitar as a teenager. His musical influences were completely secular and rooted in hard rock. During college, James drifted away from his Christian upbringing and disconnected from the church. He always claimed to be a believer, but did not walk in his faith until he met his future wife Sharon. She motivated James to reconnect, which opened the doors spiritually and musically for James.

James’ style can be simply defined as “rock”. His early influences have clearly carried over into his song writing, but James has developed a style of his own thanks to the acoustic guitar. “I have always claimed to be an electric guitar guy, but the truth is I’m more comfortable behind my Taylor. I have written almost every one of my songs with an acoustic guitar.” The combination allows for a dynamic and contrasting sound that moves with the emotions of each song.

In 2009, James released his first full length solo CD entitled “Measuring the Sky.” The title was drawn from a line in one of his songs, “Greatest One”, and signifies one of James’ struggles with faith and how he has overcome it. “I am a technically minded person and try to place everything neatly into a box. We are all born into a world of measurements. From life itself to the size of our world, science teaches us that everything can be defined and measured. However, God does not fit into this mold and I am reminded every time I look into the sky how amazing and immeasurable He is.” In addition to the powerful songs of praise, James included several personal songs on the album. “’Love of a Lifetime’ was written about my wife for our wedding. She heard the song for the first time during our first dance and it will always be a reminder of that wonderful day. ‘Beautiful’ was written just after my daughter was born. It is a testament to the powerful emotions of having a child, but also how incredible God’s love is for us.”

To support his CD release, James formed a band of friends and began playing various festivals and events. Unintentionally, the group was dubbed the James Potts Band by one promoter in some advertising for a festival. The name was carried through to additional shows and has since stuck with the group.

The James Potts Band has already shared the stage with some great Christian artists, including Warren Barfield, inStereo and Blessid Union of Souls, and is looking forward to continuing to book shows in support of the CD.

For more information visit www.jamespottsband.com

Lyrics

Greatest One

Written By: James Potts

In the darkest of my days, when everything seems gray
Your hand reaches to me
In the brightest of times, when life is alright
You’re celebrating with me

Lord, You are my savior
You are my only God
Lord, You are my savior
You are the Greatest One

When I’m lost and afraid, not sure what to do or say
Your words comfort me
When I question why, and try to measure the sky
Your spirit answers me

Lord, You are my savior
You are my only God
Lord, You are my savior
You are the Greatest One

As I try to find you, I look everywhere but inside
But I know the only way to find you is to open my heart and sing

Lord, You are my savior
You are my only God
Lord, You are my savior
You are the Greatest One

He Has Risen

Written By: James Potts

How beautiful is the life that was given for our sins
How amazing is the grave left empty for redemption is here

Lord I am not afraid
For surely You are with me always
And I believe what the Angel said
He is not here, He is not here

For He has risen, He has given
Me life everlasting
He is freedom, He is the reason
That I worship now

How beautiful is the cross on the hill, that saved me
How amazing is Your grace, that set me free

Lord I am not afraid
For surely You are with me always
And I believe what the Angel said
He is not here, He is not here

For He has risen, He has given
Me life everlasting
He is freedom, He is the reason
That I worship now

Lord, I worship you, all of my days, in every way
And Lord, I thank You, in every way, for every day

He has risen
He has given

For He has risen, He has given
Me life everlasting
He is freedom, He is the reason
That I worship now

Lord, I worship you, all of my days, in every way

Wait For Me

Written By: James Potts

Why do we let our lives go by
Without ever asking what, when, or why
But it’s so simple, and it’s so pure
Your love for us in the only cure
Sometimes I wonder what took me so long
Where was it that I went so wrong
But You’re there waiting, yes You’re waiting for me
With open arms and an open heart

That’s what makes You great
You’d wait for me
All the years, they don’t mean a thing
Your love, Your grace is timeless in ways
That I hope someday I can understand

It’s hard to look at society
And forget about all the hate and greed
But Your presence helps me realize
That with Your love, we’ll all survive
Sometimes I wonder what took me so long
Where was it that I went so wrong
But You’re there waiting, yes You’re waiting for me
With open arms and an open heart

That’s what makes You great
You’d wait for me
All the years, they don’t mean a thing
Your love, Your grace is timeless in ways
That I hope someday I can understand

That’s what makes You great
The way You love me
And all the years go by, Your waiting patiently
Your love, Your grace is timeless in ways
That I hope someday I can understand

That’s what makes You great

Love of a Lifetime

Written By: James Potts

When I look into your eyes, I see our life unfold before me
And I don’t know if I can find a way
To look inside and know what to say
Because you mean more to me, than words can say

I don’t know if I can, find a way to tell you how I feel right now
cause what words could do justice to the feeling of finding the love
The love of a lifetime

I’m sure as the years go by we’ll get lost
In the troubles that life throws us
But please never worry
Because I’ll be by your side now and forever

I don’t know if I can, find a way to tell you how I feel right now
cause what words could do justice to the feeling of finding the love
The love of a lifetime

As I stand before you I know
That as the years go by I’ll love you even more
And time will change us
But it can never change how much, I love you

I don’t know if I can, find a way to tell you how I feel right now
cause what words could do justice to the feeling of finding the love
The love of a lifetime

Light of the World

Written By: James Potts

Light of the world, You are so amazing
Creator of all things, our Savior and our King
Beautiful Light, illuminate me
And recreate me, to be one with You

For You are the truth, the life, the way
The reason we lift our voices and say

Light of the world, You are my strength
You are my saving grace, my everything
Light of the world, You bring us peace
You are the love we need

Light of the world Help me to see
The beauty in all things The cross to which I cling

For You are the truth, the life, the way
The reason we lift our voices and say

Light of the world, You are my strength
You are my saving grace, my everything
Light of the world, You bring us peace
You are the love we need

Once I walked in the Darkness
Until Your Light showed me the life I could lead and set me free

Light of the world, You are my strength
You are my saving grace, my everything
Light of the world, You bring us peace
You are the love we need

Beautiful

Written By: James Potts

Because you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful
And I thank God for sending me, sending me
An angel, you’re my little angel
And I will love you
All of my days

Since the first time I saw you
I knew this love
The kind that last forever
Sent from Heaven above

I can’t wait to show you
Everything you can be
All the world has to offer
I can’t wait for you to see

Because you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful
And I thank God for sending me, sending me
An angel, you’re my little angel
And I will love you
All of my days

I can’t wait to show you
Everything you can be
All the world has to offer
I can’t wait for you to see

Because you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful
And I thank God for sending me, sending me
An angel, you’re my little angel
And I will love you
All of my days

Because you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful
You’re an angel, you’re my little angel
And I will love you
All of my days

Wash Me Clean

Written By: James Potts

Lord wash me clean, wash me clean
Forgive these sins that lead me from what I need
To be set free, set me free
Lord, wash me clean, wash me clean

I know I should prepare
the way for the lord
Make the path straight
For the Kingdom is near

Lord wash me clean, wash me clean
Forgive these sins that lead me from what I need
To be set free, set me free
Lord, wash me clean, wash me clean

I know what you’ve done
Help me to do the same
For no servant is greater than his master
No messenger greater than the one who sent him

Lord wash me clean, wash me clean
Forgive these sins that lead me from what I need
To be set free, set me free
Lord, wash me clean, wash me clean

Discography

Measuring The Sky (2009)

1. Greatest One
2. He Has Risen
3. Wait for Me
4. Wholly Yours
5. Love of a Lifetime
6. Light of the World
7. Beautiful
8. Not to Us
9. Wash Me Clean
10. Jesus You Are Worthy

Set List

30 Min. Set List (all original music):
Forever
He Has Risen
Reaching
It's All About Love
Shattered
Rebuild Me
Show Me the Way
Light of the World

Additional Songs for up to 2 Hour Set:
Love of a Lifetime (original)
Wash Me Clean (original)
Greatest One (original)
Wait for Me (original)
Wholly Yours
Not to Us
Jesus You Are Worthy
Here is Our King
Blessed Be Your Name
Everlasting God
Everything Glorious
God of Wonders
How Great is Our God
I Am Free
I Can Only Imagine
Let it Rise
Love the Lord
My Savior My God
No One Like You
O Praise Him
On Our Side
The Way
Word of God Speak
Your Grace is Enough