James Sayer is a singer-songwriter, known throughout London for his session work & shows at the capital’s swankiest piano bars.
Hailing from Birmingham, James’ fascination and love of music began at a very young age when he learnt all things Rock n Roll through artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John and Billy Joel. Jamesmoved to London in 2012 where he became a gigging musician, performing almost every night in piano bars, clubs and pubs. Eventually James met American producer, Alan Glass (Mis-Teeq, Kenny G), and they began working on James’ debut material. By early 2015, James had recorded an album’s worth of demo recordings, and they were passed on to five time Grammy winner and former member of The Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald.
Blown away by his music, Michael then contacted James with the opportunity for a U.S. tour with BBC Radio 1 breakthrough act Ruen Brothers. During which time they supported George Ezra, played Coachella, and even snagged a live recording session with legendary producer Rick Rubin.
Later that year, James finished his first piece of solo work – ‘Taking Back My Love’. A pure representation of what James’ sound embodies – musicianship, passion & a bit of danceability! After uploading the track to BBC Introducing, The track was immediately picked up and made ‘Track of the Week’ by BBC 3 Counties. Mark Forrest also showed some love on his national BBC Introducing show, all of which contributed to two sold-out London launch shows.
The Follow-Up Sweet Baby Jane, see’s James at his vintage best. Influences range from the big band sound, to jazz & all out feel-good pop. The stand-out feature is James’ musical flair & love of songwriting. It’s a track that will leave the listener with a smile, as well as appealing to an audience of elitist music fans.
The Savoy, Beaufort Bar – 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 30th December
Charing Cross Theatre, Players Bar – 3rd, 10th, 17th Decenber
The Ritz – New Year’s Day