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James Williams / Bio


 James Williams has been a professional musician composer since he was 15 years old. James plays electric guitar,acoustic guitar,classical guitar, bass guitar and keyboards.James has recorded and toured on Atlantic records with the late bassist Wayman Tisdale also has been on the same album as legendary bassist/composer/arranger Marcus Miller, Norman Brown,Layla Hathaway, Gerald Albright and has extensive experience sharing the stage on shows with artist such as Maze,Merian Meadows,Jonathan Butler. James also has opened up with his own band Sea of Glass for Spyra Gyra at the Greenwood Jazz Festival in Oklahoma. In 2007 James played on the Lords Prayer album with Vanessa Bell Armstrong, James Ingram, Sheila E, and many more other gospel, jazz r&b artists from 1994 to present. James says “I was raised on classical music from an early age, my mother sang opera and I started playing guitar at 12 years old. My first professional experience playing live was playing with Eric Clapton's drummer Jamie Oldecker at age 15 in a small club in Tulsa Oklahoma .James started playing guitar at age 12 after hearing Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Land and never wanted to do anything else. James soon was playing Larry Carlton and The Crusaders note for note he studied jazz, R &B, funk fusion, metal ,pop, rock guitar and classical composition. James has been featured in Guitar Player magazine's spotlight column by Mike Varney who discovered Yngwie Malmsteen,Jason Becker and Paul Gilbert to name a few. Mike Varney saying of James Williams “His guitar playing consist of high level passages and innovative guitar work reminds me of Yngwie Malmsteen to Al Dimeola and Bach” James started 2011 signed to Magna Carta records out of NY by Mike Varney with a much herald guitar God album of power prog classical metal virtuoso master piece, with catchy vocals and strong hooks like Kansas, Yes, and Dream Theater. His album “X Opus The Epiphany”, was reviewed by every major guitar mag around the World as a must have for all guitar fans, Truth in Shredding gave it 4 out of 5 stars along with many others. In 2012 James recorded James Williams Eclectic Shred another world release this time on his own lable Eclectic Records.It got reviews as the best instrumental guitar cd in decades compared to the classic recordings of Yes,Al Dimeola,Alan Holdsworth,and Rick Wakeman.Eclectic Shred is a record that embellishes the cd title incorporating jazz fusion, metal, classical compositions that are reminiscent of dramatic film scores.James also incorporated Middle Eastern and Bulgarian modes on Eclectic Shred. James Williams says “One of my many musical goal's is to give back to people threw playing live and music teaching what God has given me threw music to inspire others to do the same”James has also been in music worship ministry for over 10 years, he has played for Day Star television and their prison ministry,apperd on shows for TBN and has done extensive studio work for many Gospel Grammy winners threw out the world and recording projects around Dallas TX. James is a 25 year private music instructor teaching all ages and all styles of music.

General Info

Band Members
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Artist Name
James Williams
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/jameswilliamsguitar
Genres
Jazz / Funk/Gospel/R&B/Jazz Fusion/Classical/Metal / progressive instrumental guitar

Contact Info

Location
Plano, TX
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