male vocals

Saturday, May 3
2014

Dorian Holley – Vocals

WHEN AND WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG?
At aged 14, I joined the Bob Mitchell Singing Boys Choir. It was an 8-hour a day, 6 days a week free school where we sang for our tuition and trained. We were on an episode of Marcus Welby, M.D. starring Robert Young.

WHEN DID YOU START WORKING WITH JAMES?
‘94, I think. The Monkey Bone Tour.
(Editor’s note: James’s spelling was: “Mon Que Bon”!)

WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST TOUR?
Shirley Jones of The Jones Girls. Maybe ‘82, ‘81. We opened for Frankie Beverly and Maze. I was out of my mind ecstatic!

WHAT ONE SPECIAL ITEM DO YOU ALWAYS TAKE ON TOUR?
The last 15 years I’ve been coaching on American Idol or singing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, so I have no idea what I’ll take.

WHAT’S YOUR PRE-SHOW ROUTINE?
I’ll warm up and get hyped. Often go around and wish my bandmates a good show.

WHY DO YOU ENJOY TOURING WITH JAMES?
The great James is super considerate and pays attention to people. Not every artist does that. Most of them don’t even know their band’s names. He honestly cares that the vocalists have a special place in the mix. That makes a huge difference in the kind of show the audience gets.

Friday, May 2
2014

Arnold McCuller – Vocals

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WHEN AND WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG?
First gig was the JT tour which rehearsed in Dallas, and the gig was at SMU.

WHEN DID YOU START WORKING WITH JAMES?
1977.

WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST TOUR?
1977 JT tour.

WHAT ONE SPECIAL ITEM DO YOU ALWAYS TAKE ON TOUR?
I always take my bike to ride on mornings to see the town.

WHAT’S YOUR PRE-SHOW ROUTINE?
My routine to prep for show is vocal warm up with VocalEase (my app).

WHY DO YOU ENJOY TOURING WITH JAMES?

I like having the time on a bus to pick James’ brain about things he doesn’t share with most people, and talking about how grateful I am to still have the opportunity to do what I love after 37 years.

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Photos: Elissa Kline Photography, Michael Lutch