James Cole may be heading up to Nashville to start at Belmont University this fall, but he’ll hardly be the typical freshman studying songwriting and music business. At 18, the multi-talented Florida born and raised singer/songwriter is already a rising indie artist with countless gigs under his belt and a debut single (“Just Because”) that’s closing in on 100,000 Spotify streams.
James grew up around contemporary Christian music and R&B and began developing his voice when he started singing in church in the seventh grade. Upon entering Howard W.Blake School of Performing Arts his intention was not to pursue music full time but James’ priorities shifted quickly in tenth grade when he wrote his first song. He “played it around” for friends and family and got an incredible response. Suddenly, music felt less like a hobby and more like something he could take seriously as a career path and he began recording and gigging more often. He has performed at the Black Heritage Festival for the past three years and performed an original song for 15,000 people at the local March for Our Lives student-led anti-gun violence rally in March 2018.
The young artist has begun to get critical acclaim in the press as well. The editor in chief of Vents Magazine recently wrote that “Cole has all the markings of an elite player in the modern game. He’s on the right track with this latest studio work, and my gut tells me that his star-caliber campaign won’t be slowing down anytime soon.”
The promising young artist will be releasing a steady stream of new music in the months to come.