Dewees graduated from Liberty High School in Liberty, MO in 1994. He has a degree in music composition from the University of Missouri. He is well known for being the man behind Reggie and the Full Effect, a project for which he writes all the music and plays most of the instruments himself. The band’s most recent album is 2005’s Songs Not to Get Married To, on Vagrant Records. This record was written after James had gotten a divorce from his ex wife. Under the Reggie and the Full Effect moniker, Dewees “fronts” the metal band Common Denominator from Finland as Klaus, and euro-pop sensations Fluxuation.
Dewees was the keyboardist and back-up vocalist in recently defunct emo legends The Get Up Kids, and prior to that was the drummer in the on again/off again metalcore act Coalesce. Recently, Dewees also briefly played keyboards in New Found Glory, appearing on their Catalyst album, and subsequent tours.
Dewees became an ordained Minister in order to wed Mikey Way and Alicia Simmons.
Dewees currently resides in Brooklyn, New York and is touring with My Chemical Romance as their keyboardist on the Projekt Revolution Tour.
Edited by KERPLUNKEN on 10 Feb 2008, 02:51
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