Whoever's out there looking for the next big thing may as well stop now, because I think I've just found it. Well, to be specific, him. Known simply as James or 杨永聪, this British heartthrob captured the hearts of many with his performances and his personality on mainland singing program <Chinese Idol>.The scoop is, he's gearing up to release his own album on the 28th of February this year, and it could not come any sooner for me!
Some of you may have seen him most recently dueting with Where Chou on her most recent album in the remake of a golden classic <冬季到台北来看雨>(Winter Rain in Taipei), or in Anthony Neely's Christmas youtube video shenanigans where he collaborates with James on the song <Happy Christmas the war is over>, originally sang by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. You can also see more of his performances on his own youtube page, including a few covers such as <wo yuan yi>(I accept), <Apologise>, <sha zi>(originally by yoga lin) and <Someone like you>(Adele).
But he's not just some pretty-faced mainstream pop cover artist. One thing that I've really started to appreciate about him, despite a brief interaction with his works, is the adeptness with which he performs with a guitar. With a lot of other artists who sing and play at the same time, for me there's usually a feeling of uncertainty hanging over (because that's the kind of pessimistic person I am), but with James, no explanation is needed to see the passion and confidence that he sings and plays with. When he plays, the guitar is not a prop to show his skills as an artist as might be regarded in other cases, but instead is used to actually fill out each song with the atmosphere it needs. Needless to say, his voice is a matchmade in heaven for the guitar, with smouldering grit played out against underlying tones of velvet in his vocals.
Ultimately, its his musicianship that gets me as he puts out the message that he's not just any singer with a guitar, but a true performer. The rawness of emotion that he sings with is astounding despite his lack of proficiency with the chinese language as he captures each and every note and word with real feeling. Very impressed by this guy, and would definitely recommend him to anyone who's looking for some fresh talent!
Star potential: 4.5/5
Comment: The faith is strong with this one.
More updates will be available on his new album as they come, so stay tuned!
Anyway, if you like what you see, please don't hesitate to support him by liking his facebook page by following this link:
But on a last note, he will be releasing his own album with H.I.M records on the 28th of Fenruary, so stay tuned for more updates! Hope you all can support him and help his fanbase grow! Such amazing talent should not be wasted.