Biography: Kelley James
If there is one word to describe the music of Kelley James, it would be “mash- up.” Drawing from rock, pop, and the beachside vibes of his home state of California, James seamlessly combines acoustic guitar melodies with clever lyrics and freestyle vocal riffs to create a signature sound that fans and followers have grown to recognize and love. Most recently, James released his newest full-length album The Pattern Transcending. As the true progression of James’ sound, the tracks features the best aspects of both his live shows and his studio prowess. The album debuted in October of 2013 and reached the top 20 on the iTunes Singer/ Songwriter charts. With a career spanning five years, three albums, and multiple international tours, he has proven himself as an accomplished artist both in-studio and on-stage.
Eschewing the traditional path of record labels, James has built his career on the road by playing over 1,000 shows in the past five years, including sold-out shows at the Troubadour, the Roxy, Key Club, and most recently, San Francisco’s Brick & Mortar. As the creator of “The Sorority and Fraternity Tour” he played at colleges nationwide with the help of sponsors like Oakley and Muscle Milk. James has shared the stage with national acts such as LMFAO, Sara Bareilles, Mike Posner, Joshua Radin and Kate Voegele, and joined O.A.R. and American Idol’s James Durbin for a full-length tour. In between his busy touring schedule, Kelley maintains a monthly residency at the W Scottsdale’s Living Room Live in the city’s old town buzzing nightlife district.
As an avid surfer with a passion for sports, James has close ties to the athletic community as well. He is a close friend of San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito and the two frequently join forces to raise funds for Zito’s charity organization Strikeouts For Troops. Zito is an accomplished musician and has co-written songs with James and they have performed live together. James has also been joined on stage by professional surfer Kelly Slater, PGA golfer Rickie Fowler, and MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden. He is a regular performer at PGA Tour events including the Birds Nest at the WM Phoenix Open, Farmer’s Insurance Rock Ball in San Diego, HP Byron Nelson Pavilion After Dark in Dallas, The NetJets Masters party in Augusta and many more.
James has attracted a number of high-profile corporate partners including Corona, DC Shoes, Honda, Muscle Milk, Oakley, Casamigos Tequila, Red Bull and Ethika, and has performed at events hosted by Columbia, Ducati, Google, MySpace Music, the Phoenix Suns, the Ryan Sheckler Foundation, Aflac Insurance, SPIN Magazine, Strikeouts For Troops, Ronald McDonald House, and Zumiez.