"The album Wish I Were Here is fantastic. 'I Wish You Good Evening' had me in tears; the harmonica solo (Howard Levy) is just beautiful. Your writing, singing and guitar playing is beyond this planet, James. I don't meet many artists that blow me away, but you did in just 5 minutes."
"Our recent weekend with James included having the choir prepare and perform some of his original pieces, as well as having James sing many of his songs as a soloist. We performed for both a very well-attended (and received) Saturday night concert and for Sunday morning worship. The choir had a great time preparing, rehearsing and performing, the respective audiences/congregation received the music with open hearts and gratitude, and, as always for me, collaborating with a friend and colleague was a treat."
"When I want something uplifting, when I want something sincere I turn to your music."
“Superb. An excellent international repertoire of songs and a wonderful stage presence. The audience, ranging from school children to emeriti professors, was enthralled. (He) truly convey(s) the richness of diverse cultures and of humanity around the world.”
“A sensitive melodist. ”
“…A time machine, taking me back to the era in which we all believed with such a vengeance in peace and truth and beauty.”
“Words fail to come which express adequately my gratitude for your gift of song. If it was just the songs, it might be easier, but you offer much more. The phrase ‘the singing of our lives’ comes to mind. You sing our highest hopes and profoundest joys and we come to know our lives in a deeper way.”
“A fine voice, a nice collection of songs and a great sense of presentation. Worth braving the weather for what we heard.”
“Poets are reference points in a sometimes confusing journey through life. They tell us that life is worth living, for laughing, for loving, for singing! James Durst is a poet. It was very reassuring to experience his refreshingly honest personality and music.”
“A talented entertainer of no little range and versatility. His sometimes funny, more often poignant songs of other lands were always fascinating. Their ultimate message of peace and understanding left a warm impression of this delightful artist.”