Cole James, the Vancouver-based singer-songwriter has collaborated with LA-based FlyGuyVeezy on his new single, “You Got It Bad.”
Cole was finally ready to share his music five years ago. Since then, he has been rather prolific: releasing 25 songs, one EP, and one album while reaching 500,000+ streams across all platforms. He has released three music videos to accompany his singles and featured in nine other performers’ songs. He has collaborated with Will Ryte, Balam Kiel, and 24 Hrs on songs in the last few years.
Hi! I am from Vancouver, BC. I have released over 25 songs out of the 300-400 that I have recorded in the last few years.
I began my love of singing when I was just four years old. In fact, that’s how I learned to read. I read lyrics, not stories. I would write and sing for 2-3 hours a day throughout my school years. None of my friends knew about it. They knew me more as an athlete because I played basketball and ice hockey. Although, at 12 years old, I did fill in as lead singer for a performance with some friends in a band when their singer got sick. I believe it is still up online somewhere!!
About 4 or 5 years ago, I finally felt ready to share my music. Since then, I have been rather prolific: releasing 25 songs, 1 EP, and one album while reaching 500,000+ streams across all platforms. I released three music videos to accompany some singles and featured in 9 other performers’ songs. I do a lot of collaborations, including ones with Will Ryte, Balam Kiel, and 24 Hrs.
I like to bring people together with music. That’s partly why I do so many collaborations. Additionally, I have taught/inspired more than 20 people how to record/write their own music and worked with videographers new to the industry.
In 2021, Carbon-L and I worked together, wrote, and recorded a song, “Golden Girl,” – for the “Canadian Songwriters Challenge.” We were one of the winners.
I have several songs and a couple of videos ready to release before the summer that I am excited about sharing.
My most recent release is a West Coast Hip-Hop/R&B collaboration with FlyGuyVeezy. FlyGuyVeezy is a well-established LA-based artist who has notable songs with Kalan.FrFr! This song will bring the West Coast LA sound to the Canadian market. I hope others find it catchy.
I get inspiration from what’s around me – what I am doing, watching, or enjoying. I strive to make cheery, positive, upbeat songs that create a happy listener feeling. I don’t have a big message to impart. Not yet anyway!
I recently did some shows at a prominent University in my town. I am hoping to book a festival in the future.
My goal for 2022 is to bring happiness and cheer to more people. I want to continue to grow and make music that I like.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.