James Bowers

FRESH: ‘Creep’ – James Bowers

LA singer and songwriter James Bowers has released a haunting cover of “Creep”.

LA-based singer-songwriter James Bowers has released his new music video for his unique rendition of the popular 90’s rock song “Creep” by Stone Temple Pilots (1993).

Bowers who is a film noir fan, teamed up with visionary Colombian film maker, Federico Torrado Tobón, who directed the video. Combining his smooth vocals with haunting string arrangements, “Creep” is the first release from Bowers’ upcoming EP, Eleanor Sessions, set to release in early 2019.

Bowers’ upcoming EP is a mix of original songs and covers, whose production style was inspired by the groundbreaking strings-driven single “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles. On this EP, Bowers teamed up with powerhouse producer, Paul Broucek (‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy) and arranger, Jonathan Sadoff (‘Beautiful Creatures’ film, starring Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson).

No Depression states “Bowers and his production team do a nice job both sonically and visually maintaining the dark meaning behind the STP lyrics, while instinctively adding a string arrangement that harkens to another song about ‘lonely people'”.

Originally from Chicago, James Bowers is currently based in LA. About a decade ago, James met Paul Broucek, President of Warner Bros Pictures Music Operations, who produced his first EP, Celia, which he released in 2012. Together, James and Paul came up with the idea of creating an album inspired by “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles. Paul brought in Jonathan Sadoff to create the string arrangements on the 5 tracks that now make up the “Eleanor Sessions”, set for release in Spring 2019.

James Bowers

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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