James was amazing! He always returned my emails in a timely fashion and provided tips and reassurance when I was worried about song selections. James made my wedding feel more intimate and everyone remarked on his playing. He was dressed to the nines and was unbelieveably talented! Lastly, what I thought made him really great is he went through the receiving line just to meet my husband and I formally and wish us the best instead of just walking out when his time was up. I couldn't recommend him more highly and would use him again in a heartbeat.
James' unique style combines his Classical background with Contemporary influences. Especially in his guitar playing: he interprets traditional classics on a steel-string acoustic; and incorporates a looping pedal.
James also knows many favorite Pop, Rock, and Jazz songs. If you are unsure what music will be most appropriate for your event, James can help you make the best selections from his catalog. If you just want a nice background mix, he can create the perfect ambiance. Song lists for guitar, piano, and vocals are available.
Some of his notable accolades:
-Top 3 Finalist, 2017 Enlightened Piano Radio Solo Piano Awards, performed at Grand Ole Opry
-Semi-Finalist, 2017-2018 American Prize Competition, Solo Piano Performance
-First Prize, 2016 & 2017 Miami Theater & Art Community talent show
-Winner "Best Ambient/Instrumental Album" Dec. 2015, The Akademia Music Awards
-First Prize in Advanced Fingerstyle Guitar, 2014 Topanga Music Festival
-Second Prize in 1999 James Bland Music Scholarship Competition for piano
-Two-time recipient of Roanoke Valley Music Teacher's Assoc. Merit Scholarship for piano
-released two original albums of solo piano and solo guitar music, and two vocal singles
"Working with James for my wedding cocktail hour was great. He was very prompt and professional in his response to my messages. Just speaking with him a few times gave me the utmost confidence that he would deliver a fantastic performance, which he did. James really set the tone for an elegant evening. He will come highly recommended to my peers in search of musical talent for any event." - Dan D.
"I was very happy with your performance at my daughter's wedding. My family and friends enjoyed the music you chose as well as your piano skills. Your playing added to the festivities of the evening. We would certainly hire you again if the occasion arises." - Jane B.
"When our booked pianist disappeared a week before our wedding, I started to go into panic mode. Thanks goodness James came to the rescue. Not only was he available to help us on such short notice, he did the most wonderful job playing a varied selection of music to appeal to our guests. I would highly recommend James for any special occasion." - Caitlin B.