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James Hunter

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London, United Kingdom

Hunter is a British blue-eyed soul singer whose smokey mellifluous voice has been compared to his influences like Sam Cooke, Georgie Fame and Jackie Wilson. Hunter began his roots music career in the 1980s under the name Howlin’ Wilf. His later solo recordings feature rhythm and blues in the style of the 1950s and 60’s, pitched between R&B, early rock and roll, and early soul. His 1994 solo debut, Believe What I Say, had guest appearances by Doris Troy and Van Morrison, and Hunter appeared on a couple of Morrisons’s mid-’90s albums, as well as performing as part of Morrison’s Rhythm and Blues Revue. Hunter, who jokingly refers to his career as an “overnight success that took 20 years”, is also a skilled guitarist, and writes most of the material on his albums, including his 2001 release, Kick It Around. He released People Gonna Talk in 2006 which garnered him much acclaim and his first stateside recognition in year end top ten lists of major media outlets. His most recent album, The Hard Way, released in 2008, was recorded at Toe Rag Studios in London and includes a cameo from Allen Toussaint. Hunter seems poised for additional career breakthroughs via increased exposure through television and radio, and distribution through Starbucks music label feeding a demand for other sounding artists like Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Adele, who too echo the from the ’50s and 60s.

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  • BuckSooz

    Great new albu, as a The James Hunter Six Minute by minute: http://soundcloud.com/fantasylabelgroup/sets/the-james-hunter-six/

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • richardneal

    He sounds like a cross between Sam Cooke & Charlie Rich

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Kaboomsk

    I can't believe there are only 261.000 plays of this guy!! I would've thought it were at least 26 million...a lot of people missing out on something!!

    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    If you like James Hunter, you might be interested in joining the Retro Soul group. Everybody’s welcome! Please enjoy your stay. (PS: sorry for the spam)

    8 Jun 2010 Reply
  • dominic_john

    Saw him at Evolution yesterday! Bloody brilliant and the only positive thing from a terrible festival. Cheers James!

    31 May 2010 Reply
  • Limonadah

    love <333333333333333333333

    16 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Coop123

    I don't think I would've ever found out about this man if I hadn't searched "ain't nothing you can do" on wikipedia. Loving his People gonna Talk album

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • BarbicanMusic

    Catch James Hunter in the spectactular one-off event 'Songs In The Key of London' at the Barbican centre on Tues 9 March- click here for more details! http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=9950

    1 Feb 2010 Reply
  • csm1969

    Saw James Hunter at the Manchester Academy last year - great live performer.

    10 Apr 2009 Reply
  • nicegez1

    Saw him in Lodon and it was one of the best shows I've ever seen, I had been waiting so long and it was totally worth the wait.

    2 Apr 2009 Reply
  • DeZwenna

    I love his music!

    22 Mar 2009 Reply
  • TheMatavaras

    Bravo! Toronto, last night with Mavis Staples was unforgettable! Very Inspiring. Thanks

    22 Mar 2009 Reply
  • J-nu

    wonderful husky voice!

    1 Mar 2009 Reply
  • EdyFTW

    Carina <3

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • geekroick

    James Hunter makes me think of Sam Cooke with a dash of Huey Lewis. seeing as how those are two of my favourites, he's on the right track ;) good stuff!

    9 Sep 2008 Reply
  • SillyMusicLover

    Just bought his recent album. Yes, he's great, and this early 60's soul sound is awesome! To the favourites, unambiguously.

    28 Aug 2008 Reply
  • silverpsycho13

    this guy's awesome! how is it possible he has less than 100K plays???? And while I'm here: Hunter is 10X better live! He sings even better live than he does on record. See him live and I GUARANTEE you will not be disappointed.

    24 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Babs_05

    NNME recommends :)

    10 Jul 2008 Reply
  • dvoodoo

    check out his stint as Howlin Wilf too! good stuff as well, just more obscure...and sillier at times...less serious!

    5 May 2008 Reply
  • grinerizer

    his sound is brilliant, and he's got some good funk to the music.

    11 Apr 2008 Reply
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