“I'm still learning about music. The best way to learn is to listen to the audience. When you listen to the audience, they will tell you what they like. I wish these big corporations, instead of telling the audience what they should have, would listen.”
— Tony Bennett
A native of San Francisco, James started singing at the early age of 4 while sitting on a church pew as his big sister sang in the choir. With his feet dangling amid the sound of jubilant tambourines beating in syncopation to hands clapping; the sultry voice of his sister leading that spirited song 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, simmering audiences via his tenor/baritone falsetto eclectics with a smooth R&B, Jazz-Pop style.