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James Clay Garrison / Bio

James Clay Garrison: Greatly influenced by the rhythms and musical styles he experienced during his years as a child in Spain, James Clay Garrison became a virtuoso guitarist and vocalist at a very early age, recording his first LP at only 15. Already an experienced performer, he went on to tour the U.S., Europe, and Asia with various bands throughout the late 80’s. James moved to Los Angeles when then untouchable guitarist, Eddie Van Halen, made his group an offer to record on the WB label after Eddie had seen the band perform in James’ home base, Shreveport, Louisiana. During those first years in Los Angeles, James fronted and helped gain recording contracts with several popular 80’s Sunset Strip bands, wrote and recorded a variety of original material, and worked with the legendary Ray Charles as Writer/Producer/Musical Director. James has recorded and/or performed with such artists as Stephen Stills, Brian Wilson, Van Halen, Dave Mason, and many others. Players around Southern California have referred to JCG as the top Singer/Guitarist in the industry. His songs have been covered by artists as varied as Ray Charles, Shem (Ambrosia, Kenny Loggins Band), Jeanette Clinger (Hiroshima), and more. He has written and produced award winning regional & national jingles for clients from S&W Foods to Pepsi. He has also worked on some of the best selling video games (Redneck Rampage, Quake 3) as Music Consultant, Composer and Sound Designer. He has been a featured Singer/ Guitarist and Actor on national television shows (such as General Hospital, Cop Rock, 21 Jump Street, and Santa Barbara) as well as recently working briefly as a Composer for FOX. Currently, he is doing the final mastering on his long awaited new solo release “1000 Million Miracles”. James is also busy as a session and live Musician/Vocalist performing and recording throughout Southern California. After his experience hosting the very popular Pro Open Mic/Jam “Cheese Whiz” in LA in the 90s, James is once again playing the venues that most represent his and his band's quality and hard earned names. Catch James Garrison and The Giant Peach at The Blue Water Festival 3/30/14

General Info

Band Members
Jason Harrison Smith (Drums), Todd Sucherman (Drums), Chris Slade (Drums), Brady Blade (Drums), Matt Laug (Drums), Cory Spurgin (Drums), Jimmy Paxson (Drums), B
Artist Name
James Clay Garrison
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Alternative / Progressive Adult Alternative / Progressive Southern Rock

Contact Info

Long Beach, CA

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