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Many artists struggle to establish their musical identity, laboriously trying on different musical styles like a piece of clothing, looking to find what fits. But there are others that emerge fully formed, in full command of their craft, their identity and their music. James “Jskripcha” Evans fits firmly in the latter category. His new Ep, No Gravity, is a captivating and moving Intro that heralds the arrival of a gifted and significant new talent, one whose music feels familiar in the best possible way, while striking out on its own territory.
A Richmond Cali boy who grew up in Vallejo Ca on Magazine street, James Wrote poetry as a child, and started playing around with music in high school but didn’t take it seriously until he was in his early 20’s after rededicating his life to Christ. He explains, “I started writing songs in my head after I read the bible or left church, and it took my interest in music to another level. I had to pick the poetry back up so I could write out the ideas I heard in my head. Then I started playing with Fl studio to broaden my horizons even more.””I stayed up in the word 24-7!”if he wasn’t writing or making beats he was reading the bible taking notes and writing new rhymes about what he just studied. “I feel like God is giving me all my lyrics every time I read The word,its a great feeling.”
Recording on his laptop and playing the songs he was writing for his friends and family, James saw their genuinely excited reaction. One day James's Grandma Dorothy Goodwin surprised him with a usb mic and laptop for him to start Recording his own songs. Now recording in on his humble 4 year old laptop with cake walk & fruity loops James was gathering skills as a songwriter,and producer taking his influences, Lecrae, Flame, Dmx & 2Pac, Gospel Gangstas and San Joe, LOA of Not by sight and using them to shape his own style. “I grew up with a lot of 70’s R&B and Gospel,” James explains, “My Grandma used to play Oldies all the time. I naturally gravitate to that kind of Story telling; there’s a warmth and timelessness to it that I’ve always loved.”
As his name grew in and around the Bay area, the pieces began to fall into place for James. Entering a citywide June tenth open mic talent show, James won, which earned him some much the notoriety to begin playing bigger shows for an ever-increasing local audience. Recording continuously, James has featured on Yung Cutt's Album Single Track Titled “know yo roll.”And the chairman Frank Williams album “I love poets,on songs such as“street Life,and the title track I Love poets,.”He also recorded a few songs at Make It Media with Clarence Abdul Haqq in Vallejo. The songs sparked major interest from several labels and in the end, he chose to sign with Rigamarow Records and his first single was featured for 12 weeks straight on Oz Catt Radio in Vallejo and numerous other bay area stations. James after completing 3 other singles He Left the label an hooked up with local Artist Q-Heem The Redeemed. Who took James under his wing and disciple him. Later on Q-Heem introduced James to L.O.A of Not By Sight who again took James under his wing and Disciple him. Later James was featured on the Hit song “Now that we got you dancing” with not by sight and the Lords Vessle. James later moved To Sacramento Ca were he did numerous Concerts at churches and events,were he performed in front of thousands of people as the head lining act.”It felt like God was making things happen for me.”He later met with and befriended Ace The Riddler another Rising star in Sacramento’s hip hop scene. “Working with Ace was fun I learned a lot from him as far as hustle and grind.we would stand out side walmart and DD's selling our cds for $3.”James was Later picked up by Gospel House Records Headed by the legendary Grammy award winning Kaptin Kirk,and put through in the words of James “Vicious Artist Development”.He gives a chuckle and shakes his head with a smile at the memory.
James self-produced No Gravity in His home Studio, as well the Engineering Mixing and mastering of the Project while Recording it. He reflects, “There was a lot of trial and error that went into the Ep. The songwriting is far more detailed, and that was reflected in how I recorded. I recorded Fifty-five songs, and I picked Nine. I spent days on certain songs, refining them until I thought they were just right.” With James on the recording,mixing and vocals with a unique and outta this world feel, this CD was well worth the wait. It seems as Though James has scripture and poetry embedded in his DNA. But as James says, “It’s a little grittier than I thought it was going to be in the beginning but I thank God because no pressure no diamond.”
From the opening notes of “Take me Higher,” the Ep’s first single, one hears that combination of melodic irresistibly and lyrical incisiveness that are becoming James’s hallmarks. “The song is about Me wanting to go to a deeper relationship with God - more like a letter to a God,” James notes, “But the vibe of it - ‘Lecrae meets Da Truth’ wraps up for me the way it felt realizing I was nothing without Christ,that God's mercy is what saved me and feeling his love compelled me to wanna go deeper with God, or for him to take me higher.”
Indeed, that feeling of Realizing who You are in Christ is one that’s prevalent on No Gravity. James explains, “‘Take me Higher’ and ‘The Sky above’ are the Ep’s bookends and I based everything on the tone of those two songs. Part of it is nostalgic. It’s me seeing things through a Baby in Christ eyes - in that way that everything is big and heightened when you’re first on fire for God.” It’s that sense of Fire that sweeps through the album, and with the resounding piano chords of run were I walk, and the steady, yet propulsive rhythm section, it’s an amazing Journey To No Gravity nothing Holding