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There are several musicians sharing the same name.

1.) The first was the lead singer for Christian pop/rock band Newsboys.

2.) The second is a UK singer-songwriter, whose first album was self-released and promoted in the early 2000s.

3.) The third is a Canadian singer/songwriter who had a moderate chart hit in Canada with “I Wanna Know,” and two albums, “Big Fat Soul” and “Mothers Of Hope.” Both albums had a rythymic vibe and some blue-eyed soul elements.

4.) The fourth is a Welsh fingerstyle guitarist, notable for his work in the ragtime and roots music genres.

Born in 1943, John James is a Welsh virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for his original instrumental compositions for the guitar as well as interpretations of blues, folk, ragtime, jazz and classical tunes.

John James was born in Lampeter, Wales and learned the rudiments of music at the piano, switching to the guitar at the age of 12.[1] Initially he learnt his craft playing in local Pop and R&B bands but later focused on solo acoustic guitar work. He first made a name for himself in the folk clubs of the UK around 1968, playing arrangements of old blues, jazz and ragtime tunes (by composers such as Scott Joplin, and Reverend Gary Davis); Critics dubbed him the “Welsh Ragtime Wizard”.

He recorded several albums for Transatlantic in the early 70s including a groundbreaking album of duets with fellow guitarist Pete Berryman[3] called “Sky in My Pie”. He also became the first guitarist in the UK to arrange and record the music of Scott Joplin.

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