James Stephen

FRESH: ‘I Missed That Train’ – James Stephen

James Stephen says “I Missed That Train”

North West UK based singer and songwriter James Stephen releases his final new song of 2020 today, “I Missed That Train”, the follow up to “Until You”, a deeply personal Country style guitar ballad featuring James’ striking and powerful vocals as he reflects on missed opportunities, but also the realisation that not all opportunities are good, and not all missed opportunities are final. The song will feature on his upcoming EP, “Til It Comes Around Again…”.

James, together with his band mates Danny Addison (lead guitar and backing vocals), Mike Gardner (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Matt Sanderson (drums), have been performing for around five years and released their debut EP, “Patchwork”, in 2016. James and the boys spent most of 2019 writing new music and released the gorgeous “Washed Away” earlier this year, their first new music of 2020. “I Missed That Train” was recorded at Mike’s home studio, Bungalow Digital, with backing vocals recorded across the USA. It was recorded and produced by Mike Gardner and mastered by Greg Chiche.

James tells us: “The whole recording of the single at Mike’s home studio was rather ridiculous, actually. We had to “dampen” the room to trackthe vocals, which consisted of hanging any and all coats, jackets, scarves, etc. from anything we could, including a green screen, the PA system and a lacrosse stick!”. That’s lockdown music for you! spend some time this festive season and escape the trauma’s of real life with James and the band with this beautiful collection of great British, American sounding Blues-Country-Folk songs any time of the day or night.

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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!