For New York’s very own, 22 year old aspiring artist James Japan, having the world hear his own rendition of R&B could be a dream come true. James has been singing and songwriting since he was a very young boy, performing collaborations and solos in the church and school. He may just be a regular guy from Jamaica, Queens but when he records and performs; a beast unleashes from within and grabs your attention. Though he almost lost sight of his dream, listening to singer/band Sade, pulled him back in and he has been working harder than ever to accomplish his goal. He recently released a single called “The Great Lagoon,” and was so encouraged to continue to doing what he knows best which is creating remarkable/marketable records. James Japan was given the name Shamel Stevens at birth, one day the name James Japan came to mind while he was writing a song, “James” being his middle name and “Japan” meaning Just Always Pray At Night. He truly considers himself to be an artist and is trying to bring a fresh new sound to the world.
James began producing and recording on a small old laptop in the beginning and posted songs on myspace to get some feedback. Since then, he was always told that he was destined for greatness by choir directors, friends, family, teachers and even strangers along the internet. He knew from that point on that he would someday be as great as those people claimed and knew that it was important to begin investing in his talent. Though he is impressed with how far he came, he is always looking for new ways to improve his voice, stage presence and image. “To be loved and stay relevant in the industry you have to maintain a total package and give the fans what they want.” he says. Though he’s always received great feedback on his work, he knows that not everyone will be impressed, it is important to have tough skin, suck it up and keep pushing forward. He has been working on getting himself known and interacting with all types of people, even appearing in the Broadway show “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told” and several talent shows along the tri-state. With great hopes of performing on big stages around the world, he is focused on achieving his goals and will continue to work hard until he has done so. “My father will be so proud of me when I conquer this dream and I refuse to let him down” he explains.