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Review: STACEY JAMES says “I was born ready”

STACEY JAMES is an alternative soul, r&b, pop/rock singer, songwriter and keyboardist. She also uses trumpet, acoustic, electric & bass guitar, tenor sax, and fiddle as tools while songwriting. She sings in about a 4 ocatave range. Her first album 11 11, released in 2017, is available on Spotify and iTunes and she has already released a few song from the second album. You can hear in the new music how she’s come along. Her music has become more dynamic.

The Stacey James Band

Notable are the players in James band. She has surrounded herself with talent. Drummer Doug Northcott is her drummer and studio producer. He brings a rock beat to her soulful sound. It gives it a twist that makes it hard to pigeonhole her genre. Northcott has worked with James for about 5 years. Kevin Cote (ROOFTOP STATIC), fills the stage with conga drums, crashes, cowbells, maracas, chimes, shakers, tambourine…he is the percussion section. Jim “Jimmy Bassline” Jolly on bass has 40 years experience and has worked with James for 10 years. He plays rock, blues, jazz and has impeccable finger picking skills. Mark Barron (GRAND MASTER, ATTILAN) on guitar is a multi-instrumentalist. He was going to be James’ keybordist, but her guitar player passed away during the recording of 11 11 (album recording continued with Brad Lazer, Joe Curtis and Jessie Ito). Barron has filled the void. Barron is a multi-genre guitar player (rock, jazz, acoustic, metal, and ambient music) and his versatility comes through in the band’s sound.

The Stacey James Band

James has a ton of energy. She works with the band, but also does public speaking, is a published author and has social projects on the go. She’s a thin pretty lady who talks fast and always has a smile on her face. She says she’s always writing lyrics and can’t stop making music. She says her talented band collaborate on her songwriting and it comes together fast with their help. She says “they take the sounds from my head and bring them to life”.

Stacey James Live

In James recordings, I can hear her words, but on stage I found I was struggling with her dictation. She’s playing keys, has great control of her voice, knows how to use a mic (so important) and is working with a full and large band, but yes, I want to hear her words. She wrote them and they are important. In some genres of music, words don’t matter. In James’ genre, they are important. She seemed to know that she is trying to do too much. She told me she is looking for another keyboard player. I think that’s what she needs. Once she is free to just sing and move around freely, I think her singing will be even better and we will better hear her lyrical skill.

Stacey James

Stacey James in Studio

The Stacey James Band are recording a second album at Amplitude Audio Production http://www.amplitudeaudio.ca/ with the sound studio’s owner and producer, and The Stacey James Band drummer, Doug Northcott.

Northcott says he has watch James come a long way in the past 5 years that he’s worked with her. Largely in part because the members of her band have changed and the quality of the players has gone up dramatically. Northcott joined the band himself out of necessity when James’ original drummer left. He stayed.

Stacey James
Photo courtesy: Picture Perfect Photography

The album should be out by summer 2020, then The Stacey James Band plan to tour the music.

You can hear and buy STACEY JAMES’ music:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/stacey-james/id327419378
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5kMjm91NGJ4uF2XgLbaz9v

Join her on Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/staceyjameswriter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StaceyJmusic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/staceyjameswriter/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/staceyjameswriter

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