About James

About James

Born in Cardiff, Wales, James became interested in music from the age of 7, when he saw his idol, Billy Joel on TV and decided that entertainment was the route for him.   He worked as a singer/guitarist and piano player across the UK in clubs, bars and piano bars, cutting his teeth and learning his trade as a musician in every gig that was available to him.

James then moved to London at the age of 24 and after three years of working as a session musician had his first national break on the BBC’s FAME ACADEMY show, coming a respectable 5th place and picking up lots of loyal supporters along the way. This resulted in a fan-site being set up which has had nearly three quarter of a million hits to date (see www.jamesfox.biz).

It was at that point in his career that James went on to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest (2004) with a 300 million strong TV audience tuned in, and signed to the prestigious Sony Music.   His debut single, ‘Hold Onto Our Love’ peaked at number 13 in the UK charts.

James also tread the boards for the first time in 2004, receiving critical acclaim for his portrayal of Judas in the UK tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.   This was the beginning of a long-standing professional relationship with the show’s lyricist and national treasure, Tim Rice.  His success in the production would also help James to land his dream gig  -  the lead role of the “Pianoman” in the Billy Joel musical “Movin’ Out” on Broadway, London’s West End and The North American Tour of the show.  James has now firmly cemented his status as a sought after Musical Theatre Performer with an acclaimed performance as ‘The American’ in the hit musical CHESS on the UK Tour, Italy and Canada in 2010-11.  He has just finished playing the role of Paul McCartney in London’s West End Production of ‘Let it Be’.

As a solo performer James has supported Natasha Beddingfield, Lulu, Wet Wet Wet, Tina Turner and Will Young amongst others, and his Cardiff City FA Cup football single “Bluebirds Flying High” gave him his second top twenty UK hit, reaching number 15 in the UK charts and Number 1 in Wales and the UK Indie Chart in May of 2008.  His debut self-penned album, ‘Rocking Chairs and Lemonade’ is available  via the links on the home page of this site and he is currently working on a second album.

James  has twice had the honour of performing in front of Her Majesty The Queen at The Royal Albert Hall for The Festival Of Remembrance in 2004 and 2006, to reward him for his continued support in entertaining the British Forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and across the world for CSE Forces Entertainment.  This is something that James takes particular pride in.    More recently James took the opportunity to further support the work of the Armed Forces and their families by releasing the Official 2012 British Legion Poppy Appeal Single,’Landlocked’, penned with Tim Rice and Pete Hobbs (available from all good digital stores to download.)  His 2013 tour with CSE Forces Entertainment marked his tenth trip to entertain the troops in Afghanistan and his work will be recognised with the award of a Civilian Service Medal.
For further information on ‘Let It Be’ and to book tickets to catch James as one of the Fab Four please visit the Official Website…http://www.letitbelondon.com

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