James writes string and piano arrangements for a band called The Chesterfields. The producer and engineer, Charlie Martinez, attended high school with James and has gone on to engineer for Keith Richards and Mick Jagger amongst other top recording artists.
James finishes an hour long documentary for the History Channel based on the Louisiana Purchase. This project, produced by Jonathan Grupper (National Geographic, “Ascent”), will be airing sometime this spring.
James finishes a commercial spot for director Adam Turner. This commmercial features some cool special effects and will play in New Mexico over the next few months.
James finishes a commercial spot for the U.S. Marines. This beautifully produced spot will be airing nationwide this spring.
James completes work on Tears of the Sun with Hans Zimmer and begins composing a show for the History Channel about the Louisiana Purchase. A two hour show for ESPN is in the works, dedicated to the ten greatest sporting confrontations in the 20th century.
James begins writing additional music for the upcoming movie Tears of the Sun starring Bruce Willis. This project will score sometime towards the end of January.
James goes to the Santa Fe film festival where Agua Dulce and Area 52 are playing!
James arranges and performs with Hans Zimmer at Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation Annual Gala. Lisa Gerard, Martin Tillmann, and Heitor Pereira also came to perform for this special celebration on the last day of Chanukah.
James does an arrangement of “Imagine” by John Lennon for Amnesty International. Booker T. , Jim Keltner, Freddy Washington, and Heitor Pereira were the band and over 50 elementary school kids were the choir. This was recorded at the Sony scoring stage and will be released this December on CD.
James finishes additional music work on the Dreamworks move The Ring due out in October. This is a very scary movie with a haunting score by Hans Zimmer. The Ring is directed by Gore Verbinski.