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James McGarvey / Bio

James McGarvey began his pursuit of music at the age of eight, with his study of the trumpet (because his parents thought drums were too loud). His appreciation of the intricacies of melodies and harmonies developed as he became interested in new-age jazz and fusion, such as Chris Botti and Tiger Okoshi. James quickly found his head full of lyrics which were clamoring to be set to music. When his parents said he couldn’t learn the electric guitar (again, too loud), James picked up an acoustic and taught himself to play so he could write.

As James continued writing music, he was influenced by the likes of Duncan Sheik, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, and John Mayer. James has continued his lifelong exploration of music through participation in choirs, musical theater, and collaborations with other artists. His heavy guitar attack and passionate vocals make for a unique sound; part folk, part rock, and all soul.

James is currently in the studio working on his debut album; as well as performing as often as possible whether solo or jumping in on a jam session with friends. James, his wife, and their son live in New Hampshire, though they still cheer for the Green Bay Packers, since James was born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

General Info

Band Members
James McGarvey - Guitars and Vocals
Artist Name
James McGarvey
Home Page
Singer Songwriter / Acoustic Pop/Rock

Contact Info

Carlsbad, CA

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