James is a Film/Theatre Composer and Director. He enjoys creating new and challenging music for theatre, films, media and games.
James is a member of BMI, The Dramatist Guild of America, The American Composers Forum, New Musicals Inc., The Playwrights Center and the National Association of Negro Musicians. He is also the Executive Director of the Laity Institute of the Arts, a Private Arts Foundation and CEO and Founder of SignalHarmony™ a business consulting firm.
James studied music under Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated composers such as Gerald Fried (Roots, Roots: The Next Generation, Star Trek, Napoleon and Josephine) Thom Sharp (When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, Aladdin, Little Mermaid) Jerry Grant (Quantum Leap, Hired to Kill, Hunter) and composition under Dr. Russel Steinberg one of America's leading Neo-Classical composers and performers.
He was the subject of an original autobiographical television pilot written by Jeffrey Alan Fiskin and produced by Linda Obst and Stacey Sher called "Homeboyz" dealing with the care and nurturing of hardened gang members and student dropouts in Watts and South Central Los Angeles in the 1990's. James has been directly or indirectly involved in the entertainment industry for over 30 years.
James holds BA in Theatre from California State University Dominguez Hills where he met his wife, Delayna Goins. Later he attended UCLA where he received his Teaching Credential and completed his training in Film Scoring from UCLA's Film Scoring program. He holds an Executive MBA from Grand Canyon University.
Describe your music
His music style covers musical genres such as orchestral, instrumental, soundtrack, jazz and soul.
Interested in collaborating with
Individuals looking to collaborate on film, theatre or experimental projects James is open and available.