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Many music lovers know that James PatrickSong is a singer/songwriter from Kalamazoo Michigan. He's played music in the local legendary underground bands from Detroit, to Chicago and New Jersey. The passing of time adds to the legend in the whispers at the pub, and the stories of old school fans. He's been known by many nick names, not all of them repeatable, but Jimmy Mac being the most popular.
What many music lovers may not know about James PatrickSong is that he is the sixth of nine children. Born in Los Angeles, California, his family moved several times before settling in Coldwater, Michigan when James was 12 years of age. He first picked up the piano and then the guitar at the age of 15. James’ love of music was fueled by a strong desire to articulate the troubled world around him.
James began a quest for authentic communication outside the constraints of every day life. With guitar in hand, and unpolished character, he was able to naively express his weighty, emotional ideas. He had the heart of an artist fueled by a desire for expression not met within the bounds of day to day life. And the journey into songwriting began in the form of punk rocking pandemonium, and perhaps rightfully so, was strongly disliked by most.
Throughout the course of the next 2 decades, JPS has written over 100 songs and found success in bands such as The Shmaang Lords, The Large Hungarians, Mad Clyde and the Boys from Nowhere. He spent time on the east coast with Joe Colledge and performed at The Bitter End and The Saint, among other notable establishments.
Friends and followers of JPS will no longer whisper at the pub, they reflect with pride that his crafting of songs now borders on masterful. It has always been his desire to authentically articulate the subtle and vulnerable moments that make us human. His character is polished, he is reflective and insightful as evidenced in his music.
- Susan Balczo Spade