Acknowledged by many as the act single-handedly responsible for turning a younger demographic of Australians onto country music James combined the story-telling ethos of country icon Slim Dusty with a more rock-orientated approach influenced by his love of acts such as John Mellencamp, The Band, and The Angels.
He was the first young Australian country artist to create an impact on the pop charts and for many years was the nation’s highest-selling country artist. James was also the first Australian country act to sign a major label recording deal in Nashville paving the way for the likes of Keith Urban, Kasey Chambers, and others. In addition to his own success, he has penned hits for Lee Kernaghan, Slim Dusty and Jimmy Little.
James has been the recipient of numerous CMAA Awards, double platinum, platinum, and gold sales awards, and is a 5-time ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Award nominee with one win to his name.