There are few acclaimed musicians, singers, songwriters, producers and astute business minds that have the luxury of labelling themselves ‘late developers’ when, in reality, they’ve already achieved more than most will in an entire band’s collective lifetime.
In the case of Cape Town born-and-raised James Stewart, he not only fits the description to a T, he most likely helped trademark the mould. That’s just how considered the Franschhoek-based, Emmy-nominated, multi SAMA award winning, chart topping creative patently is.
Labelling himself humbly and austerely a ‘musician’, James has spent the better part of his music career hell-bent on delivering seminal songs, most of which have enjoyed extended periods of times hugging the very tops of the South African and capturing hearts and minds around the world.
Premillennial, The Usual created Number One hits and immortal classics the likes of “The Shape That I’m in” and “Like A Vision”. Signed to Street Level, James’ own label, BMG Records (now SONY) soon came snooping, and the partnership carved a place in our collective aural subconscious that continues to resonate today.
“I’ve branched out into idioms outside of ‘traditional songwriting’ for a few years and it’s been really rewarding,” he adds, “But I’ve always needed to stay connected to the ‘true’ me, which is essentially a singer and songwriter by performing live. It’s really where it all connects for me – the immediacy of reaching out to an audience, hopefully seducing them in and enjoying that special and immediate connection. When it comes down to it, all I’ve ever wanted to achieve with my music is make people feel the way I do when I connect with a piece of music.”
Have a listen….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJYrOv7H-uk