from by Michael James



Modulating from vibey minor verses to majestic major choruses represents second chances and endless possibilities.

The first song I recorded, Redemption borrowed and expanded upon Crimson's chord progression. Three friends jumped in to form the rhythm section: Rob Chiarelli played a groovy Fender bass part, David Kahne played upright bass and synthesizers and Wishnefsky arranged the synthetic breakdown at the first half of the third chorus. Driven by programmed drums at the time, it felt like an interesting trip-hop song, but it didn't feel like my song...yet.

The missing ingredient arrived via Cynthia Catania, sInger of Saucy Monky. We were mixing one of her songs when I remarked that I really loved the feel of her drummer. A few days later, on my birthday, Cynthia phoned to tell me that she had a special gift for me: Karen Teperberg would play live acoustic drums on Redemption from her studio in Israel. I uploaded the Pro Tools session from California. A few days later Karen sent her drum tracks. I was overwhelmed with tears of joy as I listened to the playback. Not only were the drums perfect, I was blown away that one of my dear friends loved me enough to hire Sting's drummer to play on my record! I've spent my entire adult life taking other people's music to the next level, but at this moment I am humbled knowing that my friends and colleagues selflessly rallied to support me. The experience of listening to my song come together so perfectly was such an emotional rush. I will never forget it.

With Redemption in the bag, I found a sound that felt organic and honest to me. Not ironically, Redemption gave me the confidence to move forward without falling into the trap of trying to impress other guitar players.


from Marchesano, released March 8, 2015
Guitars, Rhodes, Wurlitzer: Michael James
Synthesizers, Upright Bass: David Kahne
Keyboards, Synthetic Breakdown Arrangement: Wishnefsky
Electric Bass: Rob Chiarelli
Drums: Karen Teperberg

Produced & Mixed by Michael James. Co-produced by David Kahne and Urban Olsson.
Written by Michael James.
© 2015 Marchesano Music admin. by Bug Music (ASCAP).
℗ © 2015 Alternator Records LLC. All rights reserved.



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Michael James Simi Valley, California

• Producer.Mixer.Engineer.Songwriter.Guitarist
• Gold & Platinum Records
• Discography includes New Radicals, Hole, Far, Robben Ford, L7, Edwin McCain, Chicago, Reverend Horton Heat, A.J. Croce, Butterfly Boucher, Jane's Addiction, Maia Sharp, Too Much Joy, Kalimba, Mario Guerrero and Jawbreaker.
• Former Warner/Discovery head of A&R & Producer, trained by WEA founder Jac Holzman.
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