Emerging out of London, Nate James is now an international soul icon.
In six amazing years since he sprung to the critic’s attention with his debut “Set The Tone”, Nate James has risen to become one of the most successful independent recording artists around the world. The album, heavily influenced by the classic soul artists Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder helped earn Nate two MOBO nominations in 2005 for Best Newcomer and Best R&B Artist and another nomination for Best UK Male in 2006. In November 2007 he was crowned Best Soul artist at the Kickers Urban Music Awards, following on from his Italian Festivalbar award for Best International act in 2006. His second album “Kingdom Falls” (described by critics, in turn, as ‘fantastic’, ‘glorious’, ‘a masterpiece’ as well as ‘lush & masterful’) was also nominated at the UMAs for Best Album. Nate’s live following continued to grow throughout 2007 with a headline gig at Indigo O2 and a sell-out show for Switzerland’s AVO Sessions in Basel, really cementing his reputation. Nate has sold a sensation 400,000 albums and appeared on over 500,000 compilations, and it’s not just the UK who love him. He has had massive airplay hits in Europe & Japan including “Universal” (Top 3 Japan) and “The Message” (Top 5 Europe), to name a few.
Aside from the gratification of performing his self-written songs to the masses, Nate James can also be proud that he has done things the hard way by staying independent and keeping ownership of his recording masters. His self-funded Frofunk label has teamed up with various record companies around the world to release his albums in each territory. It might not be the overnight success story that we’re used to in this American Idol era but with two successful and critically acclaimed albums under his belt and a global presence that stands him apart from most British artists Nate certainly isn’t complaining. As the music industry develops, authenticity & longevity are the keys to real success.
In between the two albums Nate released the 4 Track “Funkdefining EP” (including a 5th bonus track on iTunes), collaborating with some of the best producers in the UK including Mark Hill, Johnny Douglas, Danny .S. & Don-E. The title track to the EP, “Funkdefining”, was later featured in the Hollywood movie “Run Fatboy Run” produced by David Schwimmer.
Nate James, originally from Woodbridge in Suffolk, has toured around the world - headlining festivals and gigs outside the UK in Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Poland, France & Japan… he has toured with and supported some of the biggest names in the business - from starting out on the same London showcase circuit as future stars Amy Winehouse, Corrine Bailey Rae and John Legend to being asked to perform alongside the likes of Simply Red, Katie Melua, Musiq Soulchild, Alexander O’Neil, Omar, Incognito, M People, Beverley Knight, Nizlopi & Natasha Beddingfield.
2012 sees Nate team up with Manchester based DJ duo “HeavyFeet”, bringing us a guaranteed hit for the summer “Back Foot”. With sensational remixes on the package from the likes of The Wideboys, project Bassline and StoneBridge, this track sees Nate experimenting with a sound which is very new to him, moving away from the pop/soul and venturing into the realms of dance. And this hasn’t been a bad move at all; “Back Foot” is taking the dance floors by storm and certain to be heard across the party islands over the summer months as the soundtrack to many holidays.
As if that wasn’t enough to keep Nate busy he is also a member of the soul/funk 3 piece SugaSmak.