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Nate James



Nate James Bio

Emerging out of London, Nate James is now an international soul icon.

On the eve of the release of his second album Kingdom Falls, Nate James can reflect on a busy two years since he emerged out of the London soul circuit. And it’s Nate’s gradual rise to the top that bodes well for his long term prospects. He has toured the world with his band to bring his unique blend of funk & soul music to the masses the old fashioned way. Combining classic song-writing skills with unforgettable live performances Nate has performed headline shows and clocked-up healthy airplay across most of Western Europe and Japan, selling 125 000 albums in the process.

Of course talent on its own is never enough and were it not for Nate’s self belief, hard work and resilience he may never have made it this far. He has reinvested all the profits from his debut album into the production of his sophomore, having set up his own record label Frofunk to keep control of his career and his recordings. With the co-operation of his label partners around the world he has discovered that there’s nothing more rewarding than earning respect, admiration and appreciation of the people who really matter – the record buying public. Being chased down the street by Italian girls is merely an occupational hazard!

Debut album Set The Tone, heavily influenced by classic soul artists Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, helped earn Nate two Mobo nominations in 2005 for Best Newcomer and Best R&B Artist and another nomination for Best UK Male in 2006. He was also nominated as Best Urban Artist at the 2006 BT Digital Music Awards and performed at the ceremony a beautiful rendition of European single Justify Me backed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His first actual trophy came courtesy of Italy’s Festivalbar who named him best international act in 2006 – astonishing considering he was up against the likes of Scissor Sisters, Lily Allen and James Morrison.

It’s a long way from the small showcase circuit in London where he learned his craft performing alongside the likes of Corrine Bailey Rae and John Legend. It’s even further away from the sleepy town of Woodbridge in Suffolk where he was brought up by his soul music loving family. With the release of his sophomore album however, Nate aims to take it to another destination entirely.

The melodies and musicality remain from the first album on the sophomore Kingdom Falls while the production takes a massive leap forward. Epic string refrains reminiscent of Massive Attack meet a unifying blend of funk, house, soul and drum & bass influences. The album was mixed by Outkast’s mix engineer Neal H Pogue at the same studio in Los Angeles where Michael Jackson’s Thriller was recorded, and features guest appearances from Vula Malinga from Basement Jaxx and Rod Temperton’s current protégé Emily Freindship.

With the recording over and release date looming Nate and the band are already back on the road doing what they do best – entertaining audiences and winning over new fans all over the world.