James, more widely known as Jay, began playing the bass guitar at age 13. He made his playing debut with the Westcoast Women’s Chorus performing the song, My Mind’s Made Up recorded by Rev. Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Choir.
While Still in his teens, Jay travelled the world with the Westcoast Gospel Chorus of Florida and the HLP Love Campaign®. Those concerts and tours gave Jay the opportunity to travel all over the Continental United States, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. The television appearances aired on local and national network television stations including FOX, NBC, The CW and BET Network.
James has an Associates and Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from Florida International University, and is versed in many genres of music ranging from R&B (Pop, Rock, Soul, Jazz, Gospel) to Latin.
His playing ability opened other doors for him with Gospel greats such as Hezekiah Walker, Kim Burrell, Shirley Ceasar, the late Albertina Walker, Dorthy Norwood, Kurt Carr, Byron Cage, Richard Smallwood and the late Bishop Walter Hawkins. Secular artist include, Terrell Carter, Quin from the R&B group Blackstreet, Chester Gregory (The Eve of Jackie Wilson) and Broadway artist, Melba Moore.
James served as the Assistant Music Director and Bassist for Recording Artist Chadwick on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. He is currently the Resident Music Director for the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida and over the last 10 years has co-arranged over 15 new musicals and well has composed many songs for those new original musicals.
He has also traveled throughout the United States and Germany as Music Director and Bassist for The Soul Crooners, the last 10 years (An International touring group). This show won “Best of the Best “at the National Black Theatre Festival in WinstonSalem, North Carolina.
In 2017 He formed “JD Productions, LLC” where he offers Music Director for hire services, recording services, bass lessons and artist job placement and sound reinforcement to artist. He is a producer, composer, arranger, songwriter, and most importantly a loving husband to his wife Renae and their two boys, Jay 3 and Kai.