A talented singer-songwriter with a singular voice, Shawn James is set to release his new album, A Place In The Unknown, this February 25th on Parts and Labor Records. Multi-octave singers with the heavyweight emotional delivery of James are a rarity, and it’s always a treat to hear his blues-soaked vocals on record. Born in Chicago, in ’86, the son of Greek immigrants, James followed the time-honoured path of countless greats, starting out singing gospel in his local church before switching to music which has a broader appeal – a natural transition which has seen the artist grow from busking on the streets of down-town Fayetteville to topping the Spotify charts.
James is one of those admirable talents open to exploring all manner of stylistic avenues. In his own words: “I play a wide range of music from folk to blues, R&B, gospel to rock, metal and a lotta things in between. It’s all done with emotion, feeling, heart and a lotta soul.” For A Place In The Unknown, James has stepped away from the stripped-down acoustic feel of his previous albums to embrace a heavier, rock sound. It’s a tantalising prospect, and the album does not disappoint.