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Curtis James

by Curtis James

one of country music's fastest rising hopefuls. Los Angeles Times front page featured artist. passionate singer/songwriter.
Genre: Country: Modern Country
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1. Just You and I
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2. 32 Floors to Heaven
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3. Your Love
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4. She's Only Seeing Him
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5. Angel of Lies
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6. Love Saves The Day
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7. Apple of My Tree
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8. Four Leaf Clover
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9. They'll Know Someday
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10. Nashville By The Sea
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Album Notes
Curtis James started out like any typical boy with dreams and visions of what he hoped to be when he grew up. Firefighter, Cowboy, and a famous country singer usually rolled off his lips.

Growing up in a country that fosters those visions into reality, Curtis is now living the dream he's waited a lifetime for. But to understand how this transformation evolved, lets go back to the beginning.

Curtis was born in Redwood City, California to Nancy and Glen with sister Tracy by his side. He can remember as early as five years old singing in the church choir. "Looking out at my mom and dad smiling made me feel so proud. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing but had a great time anyway." Music was something that came very natural for him and was a constant influence in the home. "I always had music in my head. Whether I was singing my fathers blue grass albums or dancing in the living room, I was always walking around singing. Always. I drove my sister crazy." Living in Mexico for a year, (Yes Mexico!) and then in San Diego for another, until his parents finally setled down in the San Fernando Valley in the Los Angeles basin. "Of all the places I lived this was the biggest challenge for me as a youngster. The kids were just so much older and wiser for their age. I like to see a childs innocence remain for as long as possible. It's one of the few rights that comes with youth."

Curtis found his niche quickly. In grammar school he was drawn to the square dancing program. "It was so much fun. I remember dancing with kids from the inner city who were bused to our school. Race, religion, or personal beliefs had nothing to do with doe-see-doeing and having a great time." He also discovered the school chorus. "This really nurtured my love for music. The kids who had the best attendance were chosen for a field trip to the USC School of Music to record a song our teacher had written. It was such an amazing experience that I'll neber forget."

In High School Curtis was urged to audition for the singing and dancing group "Camerata." Normally reserved for students in their senior year. Curtis was swept up in his junior year as a strong tenor and never looked back. "We traveled and performed several times a week which included some extremely talented people. We had to wear this Angels Flight, 1980's, Saturday Night Fever outfit for our shows- which were really embarrassing. We were constantly traveling so you had little choice of what to wear in school or we would have been constantly changing clothes. When I look back on it, it was a time to make a stand for who I was and not care what other kids thought. We performed for the elderly, Hollywood Palladium, and a couple of times even at Disneyland."

"Many people from our school have gone on to professional careers in the entertainment industry." During this time he really became interested in the craft of song writing and playing guitar. "I really just picked up my sisters guitar and taught myself tunes that were in my head or playing on the radio. The guitar was a great way to express myself through music. With all the frustrations and joys that teenage adolescence has to offer. Girls were often the subject of my writing. Gee, go figure!" He studied structure, melodies, lyrical content and tried to write with a moral significance that would leave people with something more. With all the coffee shops in the Los Angeles area, Curtis went out and began perfecting his craft as a singer/songwriter.

In 1986, Curtis James was hired by the Los Angeles Fire Department. "This was a dream come true. When I was a very young child I would spray this huge tree with the garden hose for hours pretending to be a fireman. I'd watch the fire engines roll by in complete wonder. The guys in the fire house are the brothers I never had growing up. They're great and I would risk my life for their safety. People ask me what my email means? "IDBRN4U@AOL.COM"= I would burn for you! "I truly enjoy helping the people in the community. It's a sence of duty and pride I feel deep inside. Also a great inspiration for great songs! The Fire Department has been extremely supportive of my goals with music as well.I will always be honored for the fine group of men and women I am a part of who serve our community with courage and pride. They are truly unsung heroes!"

Curtis has had a few acknowledgements. Featured on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, radio and television credits,the CCMAA's top male Country vocalist for Los Angeles and the State of California, The Tonite Show gave him a call as well.
"To everyone supporting this dream, I cannot thank you enough."

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Dave Blackledge

Fan#*#@tastic
Wow... I'm impressed. I just finished listening to Curtis James' self titled CD. Fan*#@*tastic. Excuse the language but I couldn't think of any other way to say it. As a musician myself with many musician friends I can appreciate what Curtis must have put himself through to produce this child of his. All I can say is "Buy 2 because you're gonna wear one of them out." And make room for Curtis at the top..
Dave Blackledge
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Jennifer Seltzer

Awesome, this guy is starting a conflagration in country music!!
This is an artist to keep your eye on. I first heard about him on the Nashville scene but now his name is going out and about. He is definetley a great writer who has his pulse on the country industry today. What a hotty!!
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Claudia Paikos

Great CD-we love it!
We have enjoyed listening to the CD-Curtis James 2001. We would like to hear more...also would love to hear his CD's on the Radio.
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Douglas Scott

He sings from the heart
This is one of the best all around CD's I've heard in a long time. Not only can you tell his lyrics are personel and from the heart, his compilation is put together with a flow that keeps you listening from begining to end. It's a disk you will play over and over again, and he is an artist you will want to follow.
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