James May picked up a guitar in 1964 and has been playing ever since. In his early twenties he worked as a professional guitarist and recording engineer. After that came a brief 25 year hiatus to raise a family, during which time the acoustic guitar was never far from reach.
Journey (and man on a flaming pie story)
His life took unexpected turns after losing his daughter Cassandra, age 22, to a drunk driver in 2004. After a time-warped period of intense darkness and pain, a whisper of a voice—perhaps an inner voice—became audible and said, "more singing will help". And so he started singing a lot, and sure enough it helped a lot. And then another voice said, "it's time to start dancing". He did that, and lo and behold joy returned. Together, singing and dancing conspired to plant a seed in his brain which sprouted and grew (the seed, not his brain!). One day it spoke in a clear voice, "why not write your own songs?". That was early 2007. Since then, songwriting and performing have become two of the more sparkling facets cut on the stone of his life.
With diverse influences like the Beatles, Paul Simon, Ferron, Dee Carstensen, Neil Young, and many others, James writes about light topics like man, woman, birth, death, and infinity.
"A Thousand Shining Pieces" was released on August 7, 2009.
2nd Album Release
"To The Sweet" was released on January 12, 2014.