James’ debut EP ‘Cry Myself to Sleep’ released in 2015, was picked up by Dean Jackson via BBC Introducing and went on to be played by Huw Stephens and Annie Mac on Radio 1. Since then James has signed a publishing deal, played BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2016 in Exeter and is ready to release a string of new songs.
22-year-old James Cherry hails from the city of Leicester and has been writing songs since he was 13. He is inspired by the characters he meets, by revenge and guilt, and the artists Little Richard and Plan B.
At the age of 16, James had built up a good musical reputation within Leicester and started a band. They supported Example and played on the same BBC Introducing show as the young Jake Bugg. After the band parted ways James ended up going back to college the following year to study music but realised quickly that he didn’t like being told how to write and perform.
By the end of 2015 after a busy year of gigging, James had picked up many new fans. A notable moment included a gig at Blue Flowers in London, where the headliner Raye claimed that James has ‘the best voice in the business.” “My voice isn’t a technical singing voice” says James “but when I sing people believe me, that is why there is a connection when we play live.”
James Cherry will be touring the UK in 2016 after releasing his new single “Why Don’t You Listen” in May.