“This is a band who loves to play, [with] a wisdom drawn from living, and soul that springs from feeling, through songs you’ll be re-spinning.” – Exclaim
One of the foremost soul singers performing today, James Hunter is a writer of compelling narratives sung with true grit. Accompanied by an ace band of New York City’s finest musicians, The James Hunter Six ensemble is known for electrifying soul music fans across the globe with its signature uptempo, swinging rhythm & blues.
It’s been 15 years since the Englishman James Hunter burst onto the scene with his U.S. debut People Gonna Talk (GO/Rounder 2006), topping the Billboard Blues chart, earning a GRAMMY nomination, and attracting universal acclaim from critics and his fans – including Van Morrison, Sharon Jones, and Allen Toussaint. The New Yorker describes Hunter’s “tight, taut compositions” as “rooted in American soul music without being bound to it.” Over the last decade, he’s toured extensively around the world on the club, theatre, and festival circuits, steadily growing a dedicated audience comprised of hardened gig-goers, old-school baby boomers, and young hipsters alike.
“James has a voice that stands out not only for its natural beauty and grit but for its honesty,” says famed producer Gabriel Roth aka Bosco Mann. “His songwriting shares the masterful architecture and the inspired creativity of Smokey Robinson, each rhyme and rhythm crafted meticulously, somehow twisting familiar themes into unfamiliar new shapes.”
“The United Kingdom’s Greatest Soul Singer” – MOJO Magazine