USA Today revealed this morning that James has partnered with Audible Inc. to create Break Shot, a one-of-a-kind music and storytelling experience due for release as an Audible Original in early 2020. Break Shot is James’s first-ever spoken-word performance.
Prompted by interviews conducted with music journalist Bill Flanagan at TheBarn, Break Shot is a deeply personal and authentic audio-only memoir featuring personal reflections on James’s childhood, family life and the early days of his career. Music and songs will be woven throughout.
I’ve known Bill Flanagan and admired his writing forever. So I was happy and relieved that he had agreed to help me gather my thoughts and edit this autobiography of my beginnings, the on-ramp to the road I’ve traveled ever since. A pitcher needs a catcher and a funny and intelligent collaborator can make you seem likewise. To the best of my recollection, I never had much of a memory; but here’s how I remember it… Did I say that already?
James has a busy year ahead — in addition to Break Shot, he is putting the finishing touches on a new album to be released on Fantasy Records in early 2020. Exciting tour news also coming soon!
photo: Ellyn Kusmin
On Monday, November 4, Wear Your Music will offer 25% off their line of limited-edition jewellery hand-crafted from James’s used guitar strings!
Head to WearYourMusic.com to see the selection now and remember to place your order on Monday — the profits from your purchase will go to support James’s charity of choice, Tuberville.org, which is an organization 100% devoted to growing and then donating food within our communities.
Click to watch an excerpt from James’s performance of “Shower The People” featuring the Amani Children’s Choir from Uganda and the Mid Cities Youth Choir from LA. The concert celebrated Save The Children‘s centennial in Los Angeles on October 2, 2019. #Celebrate100years
James had the privilege of participating in Save The Children‘s “Centennial Celebration: Once in a Lifetime” gala in Los Angeles last week. Hosted by actress, Jennifer Garner, the event included the presentation of the Centennial Award by Oprah Winfrey to Disney Chairman & CEO, Bob Iger. Celebrating a century of making change for children!
Click the image below to see a gallery of photos of the incredible Amani Children’s Choir from Uganda and the Mid Cities Youth Choir from Los Angeles. Both joined James and the band for the finale, “Shower the People”.
Photo by: Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Save the Children
A blast from the past: James’s performance of “Brother Trucker”, here excerpted from PBS’ 1982 television adaptation of the musical, Working. James contributed the songs “Brother Trucker” and “Millworker” to the musical and later included both on his 1979 album, Flag.
Working is the 1974 Stephen Schwartz/Nina Faso musical based on Studs Terkel’s book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.