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AROUND THE WORLD AND BACK
I started into music and a very young age living in British Columbia’s Lower mainland. Once I left school I explored recording and writing music even more. I remember spending many hours with MARK ANDRIE in his Cavern Recording Studio, pushing out new songs. I would later collaborate with Bart Hildebrand to make a band, BLACK PEARL and record an album. I always thought he made really cool solos. Unfortunately, he decided he would rather work in his father’s tiling business, so I was left to pursue my career on my own. This was the birth of the Peter James band.
With the Peter James Band I traveled throughout British Colombia. I found the players through ads in the Georgia Straight and I remember we rehearsed in this multilevel jam apartment thing a couple blocks from the No5 Orange strip club.
Our first job was in Prince George, and we got that job only because one of the lead singers Tota Mendez of Hall Of Fame was having a baby. Because of this I met Steve Marshall in Smithers, BC. Steve asked if I would be interested in writing songs for his band in the Queen Charlotte Islands. Things were not going that great with the Peter James band, so I decided that I would make the move. We finished the tour and when the band got back to Vancouver we separated and I proceeded up to Masset to play in Steve’s bar, DADDY COOLS. I also worked on an album for the Hall of Fame band. We recorded the album ROXY ROLLER and toured around B.C. We even had a bit of chart action with the song Irie. We would eventually take the band to Dubai a few years later. I imagine this is what gave me the traveling bug.
Some time later Hall Of Fame had the chance to go to Thailand. There was a brand new PLANET HOLLYWOOD and were we were going to play in it. When the gig came to an end I had the opportunity to stay in Thailand, which I chose to do. Amazingly, I ended up staying in Thailand another 10 years. I played in different bands all throughout Thailand as a keyboard player, piano player and the lead vocalist. I even did a couple drum gigs. For nearly a year I worked in a studio making techno remixes of classic songs. At one point I was making music for some sort of video ring tone thing. I had a creative director, Richard Wilson of BIZART and videographers, Simone Grome of SHOOTASIA, who both used my music for Corporate Events and Videos.
After living in Thailand for five years, I was asked to join an R&B band to play in Seoul, Korea. It was there that I developed a close friendship with guitarist and vocalist Tony Thompson. The song “Smooth” off my “Can’t Hold Back Anymore” Album had some of his input. I would later reunite with Tony in Singapore to join THE UNTOUCHABLES and do some more writing together. As the years went on I had more and more of a desire to get out of Thailand. My first chance again was with band called DEJA VU. We did one contract in Bangkok and then headed off to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Unfortunately there was a run of bad luck with this band and after only 2 contracts it ended.
Lucky for me some of my musician friends recommended me to CINDERELLA ROCKAFELLA. This worked out really well, and for about 5 years we traveled throughout the Middle East and Asia. I would come back to Canada for the month of Ramadan, but that was all of B.C. I would get to see.
I had been doing the club party band for quit a while and I had always wanted to try working on a cruise ship, so with a lot of advanced warning and the blessing of the band I prepared myself for a solo piano adventure. My first job was on HOLLAND AMERICA cruising from Vancouver to Alaska. However, my contract was short-lived do to a slip, which left me with a broken finger. I had to spend the next four months with parents at GOLD MOUNTAIN RV & CAMPING up in Hedley, B.C. Luckily, when I healed, I was able to find work on the Pacific Pearl in Australia.
While I was on a break from the first contract on the PACIFIC PEARL I spent the whole summer recording a brand new country album. And while I was gone for the second contract I left the mixing with STEVE KLASSEN from the SOUND SUITE and I worked on new country songs and playing acoustic.
Now I am back in Canada living here in Abbotsford, British Columbia preparing for the release of my new country album and getting my band together.
Just a little bit about my style.
I’ve always said “I don’t work music I play music”. I try my best to have this attitude every time I play. I think my job as a musician and entertainer is to find the right emotion and atmosphere for the venue I am at. Throughout my career, I’ve had the chance to perform many different styles of music. I’ve played alone, I’ve played in small duos and trios, in rock bands, party bands, and I’ve chilled out and rocked hard. When people want to dance I like to keep the music going. When I’m up front, I really like to interact with people. If I get them to sing I feel I have achieved something.