Early James

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Early James
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Born
Fredrick James Mullis Jr.

(1993-06-02) June 2, 1993 (age 28)
Troy, Alabama
OccupationAmerican singer-songwriter
Websiteearlyjamesandthelatest.com

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]

Career

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.

Artistry

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

References

  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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