James is considered a “guitarist’s guitarist,” particularly after winning the Coca-Cola, Fender Guitar Warz in Toronto. James has been honored by the Mayor’s of Etobicoke, Kitchener and Cambridge for his musical charity work. He also won the Cable TV Producers Awards for best music show(The Midnite Hour) after 4 years at Rogers Cable. Equally at home on electric, acoustic, Dobro or finger-style, James has hosted guitar workshops and headlined at festivals including Canal Banks Shuffle in Thorold, Festival of Friends in Hamilton, Mill Race Folk Festival in Cambridge, Blues Brews and BBQs in Kitchener, Burlington Ribfest, Niagara Falls Blues In The Park, Windsor Bluesfest, London Bluesfest, Thunder Bay Blues Festival and the Harbourfront Blues Fest in Toronto. The summer of 2005 saw James and the band appearing at all major blues festivals in Ontario, including Windsor and London Bluesfests, the Toronto Distillery Blues Festival, the Thunder Bay Blues Festival and the St. Catharines Rotary Ribfest.
He was a natural musician at age 10, played Ontario Place at 15 and turned pro at 17. James’ experience in the music industry is reminiscent of legendary players of the past. Throughout his career he has been a most sought after sideman. In 1980 his band Mondo Combo on RCA played Massey Hall and played back to back with Howling Wolf, Elvin Bishop, Albert King at the now legendary El Mocambo and the Colonial Tavern in Toronto. As a three-year member of LuLu’s house band “Kats” James worked with over 150 Rock & Roll Legends, playing to up to 5,000 people every weekend. With Sam Moore (Sam &Dave), Gary US Bonds, Frankie Ford, Mamas and the Papas (Denny Doherty). The Platters, Sha NaNa, Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), The Drifters, The Coasters, Brian Hyland, and Rick James. James has also performed for 2 of Canada’s Prime Ministers: the honorable Pierre Trudeau; and John Turner.
James is pleased to have been selected as an endorsed artist by Eminence speakers “The USA’s Largest Guitar speaker manufacturer,” and Godin Guitars.