Devlan James grew up in New York City, the youngest of five children. Music runs in his family. His paternal grandfather was a well known bandleader in New York during the 1950s.
In 2010 Devlan headed to Nashville to pursue a solo career and record a CD of original material. Within a few months Devlan teamed up with guitarist Danny Parks (Amazing Rhythm Aces, Toby Keith) keyboardist Jimmy Wallace (Kenny Wayne Shepard Band), bassist Don Kerce (Aaron Neville) and drummer Paul Scholten (Brooks & Dunn).
Together this group recorded what would be become "The Lookout", Devlan's debut CD.