Nashville-based Jeffrey James is kicking off the new year with the announcement of a new EP titled East London. Today, James unveils the first single from the project, “Downtown.”
This song is beautiful heartfelt pop, We continue to see male artists breaking away from the mainstream to go for heartfelt lyrics and emotional tracks. Jeffrey James brings a ballad similar to that of a James Arthur or Lewis Capaldi.
“Downtown,” the first single from the forthcoming EP, is a reflective pop ballad that explores the peaks and valleys of a relationship, specifically the outside influences that sometimes create chaos in an otherwise stable union. Full to the brim with passion, James’ rich, deep vocals carry the track across a minimalist piano-led melody.
The East London EP was birthed during a month-long songwriting trip to London in early 2019. James worked with legendary UK producers such as Geoff Swan (Charli XCX, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay), Jackson Dimiglio-Wood (Shawn Mendes), Dan Weller (SikTh), and Dan McDougal (Liam Gallagher), creating a uniquely cross-Atlantic record that draws on James’ Nashville influences, combining them with the blue-eyed soul sounds that have been dominating the UK charts.
Jeffrey James is a Nashville-Based Pop/R&B singer who combines contemporary sounds, straightforward writing, and a classic voice. In addition creating and performing his own work, Jeffrey’s a versatile songwriter for artists across various genres. His most recent work includes a collaboration with Sony Norway’s Tungevaag & Raaban (Cold Blood) and his own 2017 EP, Unsaid.
“The 6-song collection will entice you with every listen, as his smooth and silky vocals shine within every track...The production of the pieces are flawless as each piece brings the EP to a higher level.” —Paste Magazine
Raised in Indiana, Jeffrey developed a love of melodies from his great-uncle, who literally wrote the book on how to play guitar (Hal Leonard Guitar Method Books)—though he much prefers his voice as his instrument. Jeffrey’s early influences include Chicago and Bill Withers, and more recently, Janelle Monáe, Jon Bellion, and Twenty One Pilots..
In support of his Walls and Unsaid EPs, Jeffrey’s performed at festivals such as Firefly and Forecastle, and has shared the stage with X Ambassadors and Rachel Platten. He is currently working on various projects and collaborations with artists and DJ's from the US and Western Europe.
Review by Hannah Schneider