James Passey is a naturally gifted songwriter and musician. Picking up a guitar at the age of 15 he began writing songs almost immediately, inspired by artists such as James Taylor, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Van Morrison, Tom Petty, George Harrison and Bob Dylan etc
With no formal musical education but with a natural ear for melody he quickly developed his craft, a craft he would develop further gigging the venues and pubs of North Kent and London.
His first band The Sweet Leaves had major label interest and were signed to Metropolis Music supporting the likes of Kula Shaker, Travis, Reef and Cerys Matthews. Despite all the Record Label interest things didn’t quite work out for the band and James left the industry for several years. However he started writing again in earnest a couple of years ago and things took off again with a couple of simple acoustic recordings he made.
Those initial demos soon came to the attention of a number of prominent industry organisations and figures including Notting Hill Publishing, legendary BBC/MTV broadcaster Steve Blacknell and Chris Gabbitas (2 x Grammy winner) at blue ribbon Music firm – Clinton’s Law (Radiohead, Muse, Paul Weller etc).
All have been involved with helping James and all have played a crucial role in his rise to prominence.
James was signed by Music Producer Bob Patmore to Uniq Recording Artists label in Sept 2019 and was then invited by The Gus Dudgeon Foundation to record a session with multi platinum and award winning producer George Shilling to huge acclaim .
2020 has been an incredible year for James and seen a swathe of global names begin to recognise and comment on his voice and song writing. Everyone from Marcella Detroit to acoustic guitar maestro Gordon Giltrap are now spreading the word … and even more recently legendary songwriter Martin “We Built This City”/ “These Dreams” Page has heaped praise on him saying “ A voice of dust and light. The real deal.”
James is also an endorsed artist at Audiobridge (USA)
‘It has been a fantastic journey from my days writing simple songs as a naive teenager in my bedroom in Kent. I never in a million years imagined I’d be mixing with the likes of legends Martin Page, Marcella Detroit and also now Emmy winning composer Martyn Swain (Ex Waterboys & World Party) and working with one of my heroes, lead guitarist Nick McCabe of The Verve!! However, I guess that’s where a great love affair with the guitar, persistence and just writing simple, heartfelt melodic songs can take you …’