James’ love of music began in childhood. He started teaching himself piano at age four and started flute lessons at age seven. He was a pre-tertiary student at the School of Music for six years, studying composition with Fiona Fraser, Tim Hansen and Michael Sollis and singing with jazz artist Vince Jones.
He was the instrumental soloist for the choir of the 23rd Annual Pacific Basin Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2008 and achieved his associate diploma in Flute performance in 2009, aged 15 whilst taking lessons from Canberra Symphony Orchestra flautist Teresa Rabe.
James performs in various capacities in both small- and large-scale theatre productions in the ACT and surrounds. He has composed scores for and appeared in short films and plays, and has also written a theme song for a national television program.
A performer skilled in many disciplines, James acts, dances, sings and plays a number of instruments. He has performed in many bands and orchestras, and performed in over a dozen musical theatre productions. James has performed character roles in a number of theatre productions including as Woof Donovan in Hair, Schlomo Metzenbaum in Fame, Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Mr Davis in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
James is an avid songwriter and is currently writing his second musical. He has appeared in numerous short films and educational videos. He made his musically directing debut with Canberra Repertory Society's Jazz Garters IV, and his 2014 credits include co-musically directing Blacktown Theatre Company's production of Godspell, and musically directing Bankstown Theatre Company's production of Nunsense. James has also musically directed concerts for Australia’s Got Talent finalist, Wayne Rogers and West End performer Michael Cormick. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Music at the Australian Institute of Music, in Sydney, under the tutelage of Gerry Sword.