In an age of conspicuous consumption, celebrated mediocrity and bad attitudes, James S Rutherford is a breath of fresh air…the genuine article. While listening to his debut solo album FREEDOM, it became apparent he is comfortable in his own skin and confident of his many talents. He casts a spell with his easy grace; his subtlety is powerful and irresistible.
Having the soul of an artist, forever seeking answers to undefined questions, and feeling compelled to create a work that is uniquely him, James has put together a collection of eight tracks that showcase his incredible versatility without ever feeling the need to “show off.” With a discipline, poise and maturity only capable of someone who has worked hard to develop his craft, along with the amazing talents of the rest of the team, his debut effort is a brilliant accomplishment.
His sensual and pure vocals are in sync with the instruments, and his pitch and enunciation would make any vocal coach proud. From the hauntingly beautiful WINTERS IN NEW YORK and ONLY MAN to the fun and addictive LIKE AN ANGEL and HOLD YOU, he delivers on his desire to please his audience.
FREEDOM is a tribute to love, a complex subject that he handles with an ease and clarity that lifts us to a higher place and leaves us with a more hopeful vision of tomorrow. UNDER THE STARS will enchant and inspire dreams of finding new love, while the catchy beat of SHE'S GONE will have you moving on from a lost love, humming along the way. Last, but not least, his interpretation of the classical instrumental, ROMANCE, is simply stunning and leaves you wanting more.
In a work of art true to his timeless appeal and optimistic nature, he has gifted us with an album at once deep and transparent, catchy and elegant. A portrait of Jimmy/James.