James underwent a significant heart surgery that shaped his outlook and decision to become a writer of his own accord. He recognised, importantly, that life is short. This became a cornerstone in the stories that he tells within music.
His debut record, ‘English Bones’ (2017), gave James exposure to a global audience. The curation of teams such as Alexrainbird, granted millions of streams on YouTube, while international press via BBC, Huff. Post and Ear to the Ground, culminated in being handpicked by Spotify and Universal to appear on their ‘Easy’ and ‘Lazy Sunday Morning’ playlists.