In 2018 he won MTV’s EMA for Best New Zealand Act and has been nominated for 6 NZ Music Awards.
James has accomplished all of this by staying true to himself and writing songs of real substance, based on the tangible experiences of his lifetime.
“All the lyrics mean a lot to me, this is all real shit that's happened to me, or to people around me,” he says. “It's about me chronicling my own journey but also putting stories into a broader sense so that other people will also understand them.”
The awards, accolades and huge streaming numbers prove that people don't just understand his songs, they love them. And this is just the beginning.