James started out very young as a music lover, picking out harmonies to music playing on his parent’s radio at 5 years of age. He became interested in piano listening in on his sister’s piano lessons, often repeating the lessons by ear after his sister finished at the piano. He was greatly influenced by music in the churches he attended throughout his childhood, learning music theory beginning in children’s choir.
Even as a child, James was fascinated by movie music. After seeing Chariots of Fire in the theatre with this family, he realized the power of music, its ability to draw out emotion, and to help tell stories- or to tell their own stories. At that point he decided he wanted to write music.
James’ musical influences include Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Igor Stravinsky, as well as more modern composers such as Mark Isham, Ray Lynch, and Hans Zimmer.
The title Speaking in Whispers illustrates the spirit of this work, elliciting thoughts of darkened theatres, quiet mornings, and such.