Rising Stars

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On Tuesday nights throughout the summer, the Festival of Arts’ roster of world-famous musicians and music aficionados introduce their favorite up and coming performers.

Performer: Josie James

Introduced by singer/keyboard player/composer Bill Cantos

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Grammy nominated singer Josie James is equally at home on the concert stage or in the recording studio with a track record that has been praised by many.She sings a wide variety of music influenced by R&B, gospel, pop and jazz. Jazz funk/fusion fans remember Josie James (“talk to me quick!”) as the lead vocalist of the original George Duke Band and sang on most of George’s albums including Duke’s last release Dreamweaver.

Josie’s recording and performance career was launched when Stevie Wonder asked her to sing on his classic album, Songs In The Key Of Life. The second hit single from that album featured Josie on Another Star. Stevie invited her again to sing on his Hotter Than July and Secret Life Of Plants albums. Josie James received a Grammy Award nomination for her performance of Street Life from the album Royal Jam with The Crusaders, B.B. King, and The London Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded live at Royal Festival Hall.  Once Josie’s voice came to the attention of legendary hit songwriter Burt Bacharach, she began performing around the world as his featured vocalist.

Josie’s own solo career commenced with her debut album, Candles, which was released in the UK and has been considered a R&B/jazz vocal classic. Josie James also headlined with The San Diego Symphony singing The Music Of James Bond and recently sang on the song UNI with Roger Moore’s son Geoffrey Moore for Unicef dedicated to his father.

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