33-45 Parr Street
Liverpool, Merseyside L1 4JN
‘Amazing voice, totally unique – I think you’re a recording artist waiting to be recorded’ – Gary Barlow X Factor
‘What a star!! Shone bright, bright, bright! – Paul Ferris, West End producer of ‘Shine Bright Like a Diamond’
Liverpool born James Michael is a self-taught guitarist and singer/songwriter. After completing his schooling, James’ love of music led him to College where he studied music technology to explore how technology can be used creatively within a musical context. It was during this time that James realised how much he wanted a career in music and has since been following his dream by performing and writing his own songs.
James performed with a band called ‘Friends of Arnold’ before successfully auditioning for ITV’s The X Factor in 2011 and made it through Bootcamp and on to the judge’s houses with Gary Barlow. He was then chosen to go through to the live shows by Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow but in a cruel twist James was one of four contestants to be eliminated on the debut live shows following his acclaimed rendition of the Beatles’ ‘Ticket to Ride’.James’ vocals were featured on the X Factor 2011 charity single (a cover of Rose Royce’s ‘Wishing on a Star’) which was recorded to raise funds for ACT and Children’s Hospices UK. The single became an instant No 1.
James’ trademark curly locks and cheeky grin have featured on the men’s fashion website ‘Mr Porter’ and his unique voice and effortless style have amassed over 30,000 followers on Twitter. He’s also had nearly 2 million video hits on YouTube where he showcases his impressive vocal talent.
More recently James has been writing and recording original material as well as touring and gigging around the UK. He has made several appearances for charity including the recent ‘Shine BrightLike a Star’ Charity Gala Event in support of St Barnabas House Hospice. The event was organised by Paul Ferris, a West End producer who is a great admirer of James’ musical talents. James was featured on Wave Radio in Swansea and performed in schools, colleges and night -spots in the area. He will perform at Wychwood Festival, Hurricane of Hearts Festival in London and HayFest in 2014.
James bases his vocal performances around a loop pedal and harmonica and hopes to release his first single in 2014. He also plays bass, ukulele, harmonica and tin whistle and writes all his own arrangements.
James supports Refuge UK – a national charity dedicated to helping abused women and children