meet james everett
It’s not the hype, the sensationalism or the over-kill of putting yourself out there that excites James Everett, a native of San Francisco with a sound and performance style that’s reminiscent to the Rat Pack days fused with sprinkles of R&B/Jazz/Pop. It’s the science of discovering how to reinvent one’s self with the passion to inspire others through songs riding on the edge of that timeless vibe.
James musical journey started at the age of 4 while sitting on a church pew with his feet dangling, looking up at his big sister (Carolyn) amid the sound of jubilant tambourines in syncopation to hands clapping. Little did he know that the sultry voice of his teenage sister would impact his life for years to come. Torn between secular music and gospel; James rediscovered his calling by getting back into the swing of things. Inspired by a number of musical influences such as Frank Sinatra, Luther Vandross, Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Gospel, Soul and Johann Sebastian Bach, he found his baritone/tenor/falsetto eclectic vocal style. It was not just men who inspired James to sing, he also paid close attention to the likes of Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson and Aretha Franklin’s revived soul.
In December of 2016, James debuted his first album: A Timeless Season (The Song That Sings Of You). The Christmas holiday album exhibits his musical influences, original songwriting (A Timeless Season, The Gift, The Song That Sings Of You) as well as the production and musical talents of Tal Ariel (Producer/Arranger) and Kelly Park (Kelly Park Big Band/Co-writer of The Song That Sings Of You). The holiday album was dedicated to James’ oldest sister (Carolyn) who lost her battle to cancer just days before its Christmas release. Since that time, James has performed with some of the Bay Areas top musicians at venues such as the Oakland Sound Room, Brick & Mortar, The Mark Hopkins (Peacock Room), The Fairmont Hotel and a few coffee houses and wineries.
James is passionate about building bridges, creating collaborations and musical relationships. With an anticipated (late Spring/early Summer) 2019 release of his new original R&B/Pop single (Slipping Away) he hopes to set the mood in bringing back the cool, the class and the love with songs that remind us to listen to our heart.