James trained both in Jazz & Classical guitar before studying in Jazz Composition & Arranging at Leeds College Of Music. He wrote a regular Acoustic Guitar column for guitarist magazine during 2003/2004, and at the same time was both playing and writing with Pop acts such as Westlife/Emma Bunton/Beverly Craven.
In 2013/2014 he played Acoustic guitar on three series of 'Being Human' for the BBC, as well as guitar on Russell Watsons' single 'Homeground' arranged by Michel Legrand. As a writer and arranger he has worked with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Voice BBC as well as various TV shows in the UK and U.S including Oprah Winfrey and Avon. In his spare time he fronts a band covering the early 70's American West Coast songbook.