Songwriter and vocal powerhouse Sam James has racked up tens of millions of social media views and a tsunami of widespread viral acclaim by delivering his signature, evocative, unapologetically soulful re-interpretations of songs by chart-toppers such as Drake, DMX, Sam Cooke, Megan Thee Stallion, Maroon 5, and others, all from his living room. Along the way, James has attracted a massive, rabid fanbase that counts Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Complex, and DJ Khaled among its ranks.
Now, as he puts the finishing touches on a debut full-length that expands and evolves his signature sound, the internet phenomenon is set for a major real-world breakout. Channeling his nimble inflections and unpredictable rhyme patterns through an unorthodox hit-making sensibility, James — who has co-written songs with Dolly Parton, Bebe Rexha, and Lee Brice — finds the nexus between the Lumineers and Post Malone; between vulnerability and explosive delivery; between haunting nods to darkness and ecstatic dances in the brightest of lights.
Add to the mix a trio of multi-platinum producers — Mr. Franks (Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Cardi B, Selena Gomez), Tommy Brown (Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Doja Cat), and Internet Money (Juice WRLD, Gunna, NBA Youngboy) — and James’ forthcoming release on Republic Records promises to be one for the ages.