James is originally from the East Riding of Yorkshire where he attended the Northern Academy of Performing Arts and Northern Theatre Company, training in Vocals and Acting. James went on to study at The University of Warwick where he was awarded the Vocal Music Scholarship, graduating in 2014. Here he featured as the lead vocalist for the University of Warwick Big Band and performed in many productions at the Warwick Arts Centre with Music Theatre Warwick. He then went on to study Advanced Jazz Singing at The Leeds College of Music.
James is now based in London working as a freelance vocalist with various orchestras and bands across the U.K and Europe, including the The Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra and The London Musical Theatre Orchestra. James also has his own jazz band The Hudson Dukes who perform at high profile events across the globe (including Greece, Norway, The French Alps, Mallorca and Switzerland in 2018 alone). He is also the frontman for 7-piece band The Jive, an in demand international band who perform across Europe and on cruise ships to crowds of 2000+ on tour.
As a classically trained vocalist, James is a versatile singer, regularly working with bands and other projects performing a range of different musical styles including Jazz, Latin, Blues, Musical Theatre, Soul, Pop and more. James has performed at some of the most exclusive venues in the country including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Great Room (Grosvenor House), The Guildhall London, The Arts Club, Royal Armouries, Hengrave Hall and Snape Maltings Concert Hall.