Cole James – Five Questions With

Cole James unveils crazy new single, “You Got It Bad”

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.

Listen to “You Got It Bad” below, and find out more about Cole James via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

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.

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

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.

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

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!

Do you have any upcoming shows or festivals you’d like to share?

I recently did some shows at a prominent University in my town. I am hoping to book a festival in the future.

What’s your goal for 2022?

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.

Connect with Cole James:
Website
Instagram
YouTube
Spotify

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