Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, James first developed a passion for music when a woman from his father’s job gave his family an antique player piano, the type of old-school piano that can play itself.
James would spend hours following the notes the piano played, in effect teaching himself how to read music. His father’s friend from work also left stacks of books of music, tomes James read repeatedly. When he learned how to play “Amazing Grace,” a new world presented itself. “Once I started learning how to play songs,” he says, “it really inspired me to make my own songs.”
Chris James’ debut LP, L.I.F.E., (Love Isn’t For Everyone) which will be released in 2014 is a searing collection of music that introduces the Chicago native as the next voice of soul. Take a listen to his new track below.