Since graduating from UMass Amherst in 2014, James has had a rush of inspiration through master songwriters such as Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Kacey Musgraves, and Hozier.
Working with producer Evan Hill whom he met his last year at UMass, James released his debut 5 song EP “Inside Sunrise” in 2016. The EP was warmly received by the young college audience across MA, getting airtime with college radio stations such as WLAS 102.9 FM Lasell College Radio and WMUA 91.1 UMass Amherst Radio.
James currently leads a high energy 5-piece band that brings his dynamic songs to life, and his soulful vocals and groovy keyboard melodies have captured audiences. From the exciting and ear-grabbing single “Problem”, to a darker - story driven song about relationship destruction in “Going Under”, his songs captivate listeners who crave authenticity and soul in pop music.
James McCarthy's songwriting has been a transparent evolution of where he is and how he got there. Putting into words the shaky ground he stands on in his mid 20s, connecting with listeners across the New England region and beyond.