James moved to London in 2012 where he became a gigging musician, performing almost every night in piano bars, clubs and pubs. Eventually James met American producer, Alan Glass and they began working on a an albums worth of demos.
Later in 2015, James went on a U.S. tour with, BBC Radio 1 break-through act Ruen Brothers. During which time they supported George Ezra, played Coachella, and did a live recording session with legendary producer Rick Rubin. The session took place at Shangri La Studios, Malibu.
James finished his debut track ‘Taking Back My Love’ in December 2015.
The track was immediately picked up and made ‘Track of the Week’ by BBC 3 Counties.
James followed up his radio performance with two sell debut shows with his band; the first in his hometown in the West Midlands and the second in London. In February 2016 ‘Taking Back My Love’ was playlisted on NPO 2FM in Holland, Sublime FM and Veronica.
In 2017, James achieved his first BBC Radio 2 airplay with his single Sweet Baby Jane which was also made Track of the week on BBC Introducing. This was followed by heavy support for his follow up single Givin' it All For Free on BBC Radio 6 in 2018.