Early James

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Fredrick James Mullis Jr.

(1993-06-02) June 2, 1993 (age 30)
Troy, Alabama
OccupationAmerican singer-songwriter

Fredrick James Mullis Jr. (born June 2, 1993), known professionally as Early James, is an American singer-songwriter.

Early Life

James was born and raised in Troy, Alabama. At the age of 15, he received his first guitar from his aunt for Christmas.[1] He began writing songs shortly thereafter, citing James Taylor and Johnny Cash as formative influences on his music.[1]


At the age of 21, James moved to Birmingham, Alabama to pursue music professionally. It was here that he met Adrian Marmolejo and formed their band, Early James and the Latest.[2] Drawing inspiration from Birmingham's diverse music scene, James began to cultivate a fresh sound that contains elements of blues, folk, rock, and classic country.[3]

While working in Birmingham, James caught the attention of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys [2] who was taken by James' unique style and instantly knew he wanted to produce his debut album.[4]

On December 5, 2019, James announced his debut album Singing for My Supper will be released on March 13, 2020 by Auerbauch's Easy Eye Sound label [5] and released his first single from this project, Blue Pill Blues.[6] Subsequent singles from this project, It Doesn't Matter Now and High Horse were released on January 23, 2020 and February 13, 2020, respectively.[1][7]

In 2020, James will be on tour supporting Shovels and Rope, The Lone Bellow, The Marcus King Band, and The Black Keys.


James has been compared to Tom Waits[7] and has referred to the musician as one of his inspirations, along with Fiona Apple.[8] His lyrics are often dark but with a sardonic sense of humor, dealing with such themes as depression, addiction, and relationships.[2] [9]

In the media

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Early James Turns Toxic Relationship Into Song on ‘It Doesn’t Matter Now’". Billboard. 2020-01-23. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Early James". www.highroadtouring.com. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  3. "Talent | Eclipse Music Group". www.eclipsemusicgrp.com. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  4. "Early James Shares Video For New Single, "It Doesn't Matter Now"". The Prelude Press. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  5. "Emerging Alt-Folk Star Early James Announces New Song, Album, Tour « American Songwriter". American Songwriter. 2019-12-05. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  6. Desk, TV News. "Early James To Release Debut Album SINGING FOR MY SUPPER". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Freeman, Jon; Freeman, Jon (2020-02-13). "Alabama Singer-Songwriter Early James Evokes Desolation in 'High Horse' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  8. "Early James: Bound & Determined". Sound & Soul of Central Georgia. 2020-02-11. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  9. "Early James to Release Debut Album, "Singing for My Supper," March 13 Via Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch Records - Nonesuch Records". Nonesuch Records Official Website. Retrieved 2020-02-27.

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