Restless spirit and fearless determination, coupled with a ferocious belief in loyalty and a hint of a hopeless romantic, are all qualities that manifest in David James (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) and can be found haunting his lyrics. David lives by the motto “nothing worth having comes easy and opportunity looks a lot like hard work,” and work hard he does. With his debut performance at Boots and Hearts, a new EP, and two 2016 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Award™ nominations in the Rising Star and Recording Package of the Year (for album Songs About A Girl) categories, David has been busy mapping out his musical trajectory. Showing no signs of slowing down, he was recently back in the studio, recording new music. James will release a new single, “What If I Don’t”, as well as hit the road opening shows for Chad Brownlee in early 2017.
The new single is the first step in a new musical direction for James. He describes, “This song is about wanting to be a better person for someone. We’ve all had those people who come into our lives who treat us like garbage. This guy is saying he wants to change all that; really be the reason there’s a smile on her face, not a tear in her eye.”
His debut 6 song EP Songs About A Girl (release date: March 11, 2016) was produced in collaboration with music industry’s esteemed Darren Savard (Dallas Smith) and Carly Savard (One More Girl). Three years in the making, every note was meticulously crafted to evoke the deepest and complex emotions amidst the listeners. Says James about the album, “These songs carry aspects of the human experience we all share – love, passion, perseverance, and really laying it all on the line for those you care about.”
A 2014 CCMA Discovery Program Finalist, in 2015 he won his first Manitoba Country Music Award (MCMA) in the Music Video of the Year category for his first single off of the EP, “What We Weren’t Looking For”. The single is a melodic love song exploring the intoxicating surprise of an unexpected romance. The song was also featured on the NOW County 10 compilation. His single “Lonely Girl,” written by the talented Ben Tennis (Jason Aldean, Parmalee), Brad Rempel (of High Valley), and AJ Goodvin hit the radio waves on March 8, 2016. An artist with a diverse repertoire, in contrast to his previous release, David describes his single (“Lonely Girl”) as upbeat and especially fun to play live. He shares, “the message behind the song is that even at our lowest lows, everyone has so much to offer and deserves to be loved.”
Known for his charming sense of humour, like many artists, music and songwriting has always been in his soul. He jokes his career path was clearly defined, “when at age 14, following my impassioned performance of Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’, I came in almost dead last and lost my junior high school Canadian Idol. I knew then that music must be my destiny!!” Signed to award-winning Canadian country music label MDM Recordings Inc., David describes his sound as melodic pop-rock influenced country.