James Hersch, a native Minnesotan, has twelve album credits to his name. He's known for his story song releases "BackTracks" and "Innerweather", both just guitar and voice. James has a BA in Classical Guitar Performance and holds the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity from the National Association for Campus Activities. He is an Artist in Residence at ELCA camps, churches, K-12 schools and communities across the USA. As a composer he won the 2009 Telly Award for best soundtrack in "Paving the Way: The National Park to Park Highway", a documentary broadcast nationwide on PBS.
In 2009 he undertook his "52 Songs in 52 Weeks" project in which he literally wrote, produced and released one song each week of the year. Upon completion of the project, he has toured the country presenting the songs and stories born out of that experience. His CD "52 Songs" contains the 16 songs voted as favorites by the online followers of "52 Songs in 52 Weeks" (artwork by @oh_matt).
In 2012, Hersch completed a second "52 Songs" project. It includes songs written for his daughter's wedding that year (Heaven and the Whole Wide World), a song written and recorded in a hotel (St. Vincent) after singing bedside at a hospital, a song written and recorded in the mountains of Colorado (Jesse's Song), and other songs from the parade of moments in 2012. The CD, "52 Songs in 52 Weeks, 2012" was released in July, 2013. Artwork again by @oh_matt.