Nate James

Nate James

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The UK's funkiest soul singer and star entertainer. Loved by live audiences around the world for his good time vibes, great musicians and of course his funky afro.

Biography

In three amazing years since he sprung to the critics attention with his debut 'Set The Tone', Nate James has risen to become one of the most successful independent recording artists around the world. In November 2007 he was crowned Best Soul artist at the Kickers Urban Music Awards, following on from his Italian Festivalbar award for Best International act in 2006. His second album 'Kingdom Falls' was also nominated at the UMAs for Best Album. Nate's live following continues to grow with a headline gig at Indigo O2 and a sell out show for Switzerland's AVO Sessions in Basel cementing his reputation at the end of 2007. In early 2008 he will perform his first live shows in the USA and hopes to add another continent to his global success story. With massive airplay hits in Europe & Japan including 'Universal' (Top 3 Japan), 'The Message' (Top 5 Europe), 'Justify Me' (Top 10 Europe), 'Back To You' (Top 20 Europe & Japan) & 'Music' (duet with Paolo Meneguzzi - Top 10 Italy) Nate James has sold 200,000 albums and appeared on over 500,000 compilations in the last two years.

Aside from the gratification of performing his self-written songs to the masses, Nate James can also be proud that he has done things the hard way by staying independent and keeping ownership of his recording masters. His self-funded Frofunk label has teamed up with various record companies around the world to release his albums in each territory. It might not be the overnight success story that we're used to in this American Idol era but with two successful and critically acclaimed albums under his belt and a global presence that stands him apart from most British artists Nate certainly isn't complaining. As the music industry develops, authenticity & longeviety are the keys to real success.

On it's release in 2007 sophomore album 'Kingdom Falls' was described by critics, in turn, as 'fantastic','glorious', 'a masterpiece' as well as 'lush & masterful'. Featuring live orchestral arrangements paired with modern beats and Nate's 'honey-lovely' vocals, the new songs such as 'Choke' and 'Outta My Head' were already well knows by the live devotees. Debut album 'Set The Tone' with it's live band funk sound, had been heavily influenced by the classic soul artists Marvin
Gaye and Stevie Wonder and helped earn Nate two MOBO nominations in 2005 for Best Newcomer and Best R&B Artist and another nomination for Best UK Male in 2006.

In between the the two albums Nate released the 4 Track 'Funkdefining' EP (including a 5th bonus track on iTunes), colaborating with some of the best producers in the UK including Mark Hill, Johnny Douglas, Danny .S. & Don-E. The title track to the EP, 'Funkdefining', was later featured in the Hollywood movie 'Run Fatboy Run' produced by David Schwimmer. Another track on the EP 'See You 'Round', co-written with Colin Emmanuel, featured the Liverpool Session Orchestra who would subsequently take up such an important role on the 'Kingdom Falls' album.

Nate James has toured around the world, headlining festivals and gigs outside the UK in Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Poland, France & Japan... he has toured with and supported some of the biggest names in the business, from starting out on the same London showcase circuit as future stars Amy Winehouse, Corrine Bailey Rae and John Legend to being asked to perform alongside the likes of Simply Red, Katie Melua, Musiq Soulchild, Alexander O'Neil, Omar, Incognito, M People, Beverley Knight, Nizlopi & Natasha Beddingfield.

In 2008 Nate James will be taking his unique blend of soul & funk to the USA and beyond. Watch this space...

“A second album of gloriously ambitious R&B from a young British songwriter who seems destined to be a big star. Outta My Head is a Massive Attack-like masterpiece while Choke would melt the coldest of hearts. Highly Recommended” Sunday Express

"Fantastic… blends squeaking synths and rapid percussive effects with lush string arrangements… also employs dashes of Prince-style funk, jazz and poppy hip-hop and should bring James the recognition he deserves" The Times

"A lush and masterful collection of songs" The Daily Record

"Warm, honey-lovely vocals set against syncopated beats and twitchy electronica reminiscent of trip-hop era Tricky" Metro

“One to watch” News of the World

“A real standout” Mixmag

"Flawless vocal performance and great melody" Playlouder.com

"Merging soul with electro –could this be UK’s very own Justin Timberlake? It could well be…" Myvillage.com

"The English John Legend" Tasty.com

“A bona fide international star” Billboard

“As punchy as Kanye West… as smooth as Anthony Hamilton” Q

“For the music lovers of these shores” Blues & Soul

Discography

Set The Tone LP including the singles Set The Tone, The Message (Top 5 airplay Italy & Belgium), Universal (Top 3 Japan, Top 30 airplay UK), Pretend & Justify Me
The Funkdefining EP (title track featured in the movie Run Fatboy Run)
Kingdom Falls LP including the singles Kingdom Falls, Back To You (Top 20 airplay Japan & Italy) & High Times

Set List

Typical 55-75 min set includes tracks from both albums and the odd cover (Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition' making a regular appearance). Always gets the audience on their feet.