James J Turner
Album “How Could We Be Wrong?”
Single: “Let Love Into Your Heart”
Released: 24th September Touch The Moon Records
James John Turner, a singer-songwriter, was born and bred in Liverpool. The city's diverse musical melting pot was a heady influence on James, who started playing guitar and singing from a ridiculously young age and unbelievably played gigs at the Liverpool Cavern (the Junior Cavern sessions) from the tender age of 9. After leaving school, James began working at Liverpool docks, but he continued to throw himself into his music, and played most evenings and weekends in the city. The gigs kept racking up, so the choice was easy.
After quitting his day job James fronted several different line-ups including Lies all Lies, playing a rock'n'roll-meets-new-wave guitar style music; hanging around in the legendary Eric’s Club. Later he fronted The Electric Morning and released records on the Liverpool indie label Probe Records. But not wanting to just be a local band, the Electric Morning toured with American bands such as the Rain Parade, True West, The Long Riders and Mitch Easter’s (REM’s producer) Let’s Active, playing all around the UK and Europe. Both John Peel and Andy Kershaw played the Electric Morning records enthusiastically.
James quickly attracted the interest of the UK music media. Kev Sampson in Melody Maker said "it's the singer that makes this lot special, with a manic stage presence and a huge Bono style voice".
After paying his dues on the road James decided to open a studio, which turned out to be the renowned Liverpool Hard City Studios. It was in Hard City that James recorded his debut solo album: The Believer. The songs just poured out; the results were awesome. James finished and mastered the album with Chris Blair in the world famous Abbey Road Studios.
The Believer was released to massively positive critical acclaim, and singles released from the album garnered extensive national and European radio playlisting. Such was the interest generated that the album was selected by Virgin/BPI for their Best of British US Campaign, which distributed The Believer in Virgin shops throughout North America. James was the only male singer/songwriter selected for this campaign, and the response was immense with all copies selling out.
James has just completed his new album “How Could We Be Wrong?". For this album James went back to his roots, using acoustic guitars, mandolin and violin, as well as a rhythm section and featuring Henry Priestman on accordion, Mark Knight the “Mad Fiddler” on violin, Etienne Girard on bass, Paul Walsham on drums and Vicky Mutch on cello. It has a folk / rock feel, with a set of classic songs inspired by people and spirituality and a deep affinity with the land and nature.
“How Could We Be Wrong? is so right on every level …. this is music that makes it’s mark – hard and deep …. Potent lyrics, a rich powerful voice, timeless acoustic rock-tinged folk …. Could easily attain anthemic status.”
Tim Carroll, Folkwords
“James J Turner has passionate delivery, like Mike Scott with a baseball bat”
Steve Caseman, R2 Magazine
“Tremendous, strident vocals … music with oomph but also integrity”
Pete Fyfe, FATEA Magazine
“… driving rock rhythms combined effortlessly with a Irish folky feel … down to earth authenticity and simple but memorable melodic lines”