“The greatest respect an artist can pay to music is to give it life”
— Pablo Caasals
“This is what we’re missing, romance, respect and the ability to weave through the genres and styles. James is magnetic and charming in a Tony Bennett / Nat King Cole / Rat Pack kind of way.”
— Melanie Henderson - Baby Boomer January 2016
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. Inspired by a number of musical influences such as Frank Sinatra, Luther Vandross, Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Gospel, Soul and Johann Sebastian Bach, James 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, Minnie Riperton and Aretha Franklin’s revived soul.