Here's the latest on what's happening with James' Music...
o View/Listen to Clips from James' CD and live performances
o Reviews on James' CD release, Do It All Over Again
o Billboard recognizes James for a Top 500 song
o Come Together is a Finalist in the 12th Annual Great American Song Contest
Live Video Clips of James' show One Step Forward at the Metropolitan Room.
"On stage, James Hammel is at once completely natural and artfully focused, a rare combination. He gets to the core of each song with easy grace and understated eloquence." --Roy Sander, Critic and Columnist (formerly of Back Stage and Citysearch).
Live Video Clips of James' debut cabaret performance of One Step Forward at the Metropolitan Room.
From James' CD Do It All Over Again
(click on the music clef to hear Quicktime Mp3 files)
"James Hammel really connects on his new release 'Do It All Over Again'! Nice choice of jazz standards, pop standards, and his originals...all featuring his masterful, yet effortless sounding, guitar work. It's smooth but with plenty of meat on it's bones. We love it at KUMD!!" —John Ziegler, KUMD, Duluth, MN
“This is a terrific CD. The title track is a real winner. The four jazz selections are terrific."—Marilyn Arnold, “Afternoon Jazz”, 91.3 KVLU-FM, Beaumont, TX
“An excellent voice which seems to combine 'gentle' and 'dynamic' with ease. Rather good on the guitar, as well!” —TonyWickham, Jazz World, Radio Maldwyn, UK
"… [James Hammel] has undoubtedly got his new career off to a flying start. A good mix of some old standards and his own compositions serve to make [his first CD, 'Do It All Over Again'] an eminently listenable piece of work. Allied to some superb arrangements played by top quality musicians I cannot see how this can go wrong. This will certainly go down well with K.C.R. listeners." — John Reid, K.C.R. 102.8 F.M. Keith, Scotland
Billboard awarded James a "Top 500 Songwriters Award for 2005" for his original "Anything, Any Day, Anytime" on his debut CD, Do It All Over Again. Look for James to release new original songs as part of a new CD soon.
To listen to a clip of Come Together and read the lyric click here
Not to be confused with the Beatles classic, James' Come Together is an adult contemporary pop song about a man who awakens one day to see the world as it really is and becomes convinced that if we come together as a people we can address problems such as our economic woes, the wars, education, hunger around the world, and the environment.
Some have said that this song reminds them of Sting and Peter Gabriel. Performers include James (music, lyrics, guitar and lead vocals). Background singers include Ada Dyer (who has sung backup with Sting) , Lily Henley, Primativa and Gennaro Tedesco as well as a cast of talented 11-year olds from the Mandell School in Manhattan. Musicians include Matt Wigton (upright bass), Jonathan Mover who has recorded with Peter Gabriel (drums and percussion), and Gennaro Tedesco (percussion). The song is produced by Gennaro Tedesco and NGEN Productions in New York City. It's time to Come Together and make the world a better place...for living. James is also continuing to write and produce "socially conscious" music.
To DOWNLOAD your copy of Come Together visit CD Baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jameshammel or visit iTunes and search for James Hammel
To learn more about the Great American Song Contest visit http://www.greatamericansong.com/honorary.html
Stay tuned for more about Come Together including production of a video.
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