meet james everett
A native of San Francisco, James started singing at the age of 4 while sitting on a church pew as his big sister (15) sang in the choir. With his feet dangling amid the sound of jubilant tambourines in syncopation to hands clapping, the sultry voice of his sister would impact his life for years to come. During his formative years, James had a number of musical influences that helped him find his voice. Listening to the tone of his simmering tenor/baritone/falsetto eclectics you can hear the influences of the incomparable Donny Hathaway, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke and the effervescent Tony Bennett.
As James continued to perfect his craft he studied the suave intonations of Smokey Robinson, Luther Vandross and a lesson or two from James Browns' funky side. It was not just men who inspired him to sing, he also paid close attention to Sarah Vaughn's smooth riffs, Nancy Wilson's sultry tones, Patti Austins’ nurturing spirit, Minnie Riperton’s ability to paint a picture through vocal eloquence and Aretha Franklin’s revived soul. He stand on the foundation of those who paved the way with a deeply felt passion to inspire others with words through songs.
James has performed in collaboration with some of the Bay Areas top musicians; The Kelly Park Big Band, Dee Spencer, Lloyd Gregory, Kevin Wong, Tal Ariel, Rich Agoun and Bill Hampton. He has also appeared at a few coffee houses and several venues which includes The Chapel of Chimes, The Sound Room,The Regis Hotel, The Mark Hopkins (Peacock Room) Hawthorn Lounge SF, Wing Tip, Treasure Island Winery and Brick and Mortar. Because James believes in wisdom he has honed in on his experience as an Actor, Two-Time National Fitness Champion and world traveler to share his heartfelt stories and find common ground.
In December of 2016, James released his first debut Christmas album A Timeless Season. However, with the untimely passing of his big sister (Carolyn) his emotions came to a standstill; thus the album didn't get the full attention it deserved. "Losing a sibling felt like being on an desert island," but now after hitting the reset button A Timeless Season is now availiable for the world to hear.
Currently, James is in the process of recording an original R&B/Pop single which is forthcoming mid 2018. The single "Slipping Away" is about commitment, regret, redemption, and opening up to love. This is sure to be an exciting time to bring back The Cool, The Class and The Love with songs that remind us to listen to our heart.