A gifted and imaginative pianist & songwriter Hugh James started playing piano at the ripe old age of 5.
A student of Rosalina Sackstein, James honed his craft over the years writing for artists like teen queen Tiffany, Latin pop divas Las Triplets and most recently country heartthrob Steve Holy. Hugh has also lent his piano chops to several recordings or live performances for artists such as Doobie Brother-Michael McDonald, Tiffany, BJ Thomas, Aaron Lines and Robert Townsend and has performed throughout the U.S., South America, & Asia. He currently performs regularly in The Great Hall at Disney’s California Grand Hotel in Anaheim, CA. His songs can be heard on Television and in Film, including the Disney remake of Where the Red Fern Grows starring rocker Dave Matthews & Kris Kristofferson. You'll also find songs in A Promise to Carolyn, starring Sissy Spacek & Delta Burk, & the Meatloaf starrer Rustin. Recently “Way Back When“ was featured in the Movie “Camille” staring Sienna Miller & James Franco, while “Live a Little“; also from the Black & White World CD was featured in the Jessica Simpson movie soundtrack “Blonde Ambition”.
His self produced album Black & White World on his own Hardman House Records, is a soundtrack for modern life; offering thoughtful lyrics on issues such as racial harmony, parenting, love and loss. With piano driven instrumentation, James carries memorable melodies with a soulful voice that speaks to the heart and mind.
“In the context of the record, this is a group of songs that has a lot to offer to a lot of different people. Music makes you feel, & lyrics make you think”.