Born to the Raging Main
"Old School Playing New Retro"
Described by Butch Kara of KZGM - FM as "The Master of the Bittersweet"
(Photos by Aimee Lauer)
Award Winning Songwriter
Drew collaborated with the multi-talented producer/ musician Bruce Kaphan and top notch studio musicians to create an album Drew describes as a musical photo album of his life
Award winning songwriter Drew James performs his solo act all over the west coast, primarily in the bay area. Drew’s songs receive airplay around the globe.
On Drew's “Beside Myself” CD (2019) he collaborated with the multi-talented producer/ musician Bruce Kaphan to create an album Drew describes as his “life cycle” songs. He likens the CD's series of songs to a musical photo album of his life. Drew enlisted a top notch group of studio musicians to create a soundtrack around his heartfelt lyrical songs.
Drew's studio releases ”Out to Lunch (2017), “Love Through a Prism” (2015), “Screaming at the Sky” (2012) and “Mystic Rhythm Fingers” (2010) include his most requested songs. His 2007 acoustic release "Way Beyond the Maze" includes the Great American Song Contest award winner "You Can Cry to Me" and the Billboard World Song Contest award winner “Thicker than Blood.” His 2006 release “The Last Second Chance,” produced by Bruce Kaphan, was submitted for Grammy consideration. It includes the Billboard Song Contest award winner "That Old Friday Night Feeling." The CD was also featured at the Toofy Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado. He appeared on Shuteye Records’ “United State of Americana” compilation CD that made it to #53 on the Americana Music Association charts in 2005.
“On his The Last Second Chance CD (2006), Drew James has created his own music realm, attractive and hospitable to any Real Music lover, no matter his or her genre preferences.” ….. “The more you play this record, the better it sounds. Drew James' music world is a place to stay - you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave".” - Paul Bondarovski, Midnight Special Blues Radio
“As Far As I Know subscribes to traditional roots songwriting, but bends the rules slightly by subverting traditional sounds with intimate singer/songwriter blues tones” – Ryan Hoffer, Shuteye Records A&R