Michael James is known primarily as a Producer and Mix Engineer whose discography includes Gold, Platinum and #1 records. New Radicals, Hole, Edwin McCain, Eric Church, Sammy Hagar, Robben Ford, L7, Chicago, Jawbreaker, Jane’s Addiction, Mazzy Star, Kalimba and many others have benefitted from his artistic touch.
This veteran behind-the-scenes hit maker stepped into the spotlight with his 2015 instrumental guitar album, Marchesano, then followed up with a concept album, Shelter In Place, that was in his words, "all about the lyrics--but there's still plenty for guitar fans." Inspired by the shared global crisis of 2020, the album explores the themes of love, isolation, loss, and ultimately hope.
Michael's skills as a songwriter, musician, and mixer are at the top of the game. I was really impressed with another one of his skills -- his attention to emotional detail in the composition, production and performance: that's the foundation of this body of work, reaching out in so many ways.
Obviously inspired and very meticulously done. You can hear the soul in it, which makes all the difference for me.
I love your expressive, soulful playing, Michael, and the way the band supports your fresh voice on the guitar. The organic vibe and tasteful arrangements enhance the beauty of the compositions.