James Is Back With Album No. 2

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - May 05, 2010
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Justin James is back on the Islands this weekend to kick off his promotional tour for his album Perfect Sometimes

Part-time Hawaii resident Justin James follows up on the success of his 2007 debut album Sundrenched with the recent release of Perfect Sometimes.

Sundrenched‘s hit single, California, was featured on several TV shows including The Hills, Laguna Beach, Las Vegas and What About Brian. It also earned him Best Male Vocalist honors at the 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards, all leading to a deal with Sony International and producers Mikal Blue (Colbie Callait) and Andrew Williams (Five for Fighting).

“I was looking for someone to produce my album, and was listening to Colbie Callait’s album and I just loved it, so I contacted the producer and he came on board, which was very exciting for me,” says James, who has lived in and out of Hawaii for the past 12 years.

“We brought in Alanis Morissette‘s drummer, Colbie’s bass player and then, as we were recording, I thought of Jake Shimabukuro for this song I wrote called Perfect Sometimes. So my management team reached out to Jake, and fortunately he liked the song and came on board.”


 

James was back in the Islands six months ago to record his promotional music video for the title track. And he’ll be back this weekend for a May 7 performance at Breakers and May 8 at Lulu’s Waikiki.

“I’ve got surfboards in Hawaii, and I can’t wait to get there and jump in the water,” says the 33-year-old. “I love Hawaii. I’ve written songs about Hawaii. In fact, Perfect Sometimes I wrote while sitting on the beach in Hawaii.”

Perfect Sometimes was just picked up by Hollister Company as well as Delta Airlines and McDonald’s. Meanwhile, it has been holding a steady spot on Star 101.9’s play list, even making its Top 25. For more, visit http://www.justinjamesmusic.com ...

Congratulations to the talented students in the running in this year’s Brown Bags to Stardom Music Video Challenge Awards.

Female vocalist nominees are: Brianna Abregano (Kamehameha), Jozelle DelaCruz (Waianae), Kawai Lopez (Farrington), Arraya Satala (Campbell), Ka’ailani McBrayer (Leilehua) and Nalani “Nalanz” Collier (Halau Lokahi).

Male vocalist nominees are: Ikaika Kamai (Halau Lokahi), Sage Reyes (Campbell HS), Twenty 10 (Kalaheo), Yung Tunez (Pearl City).

Group nominees are: Just Us (Pearl City), Mystical Rhythm (Waianae), Mystikal Vibez (Campbell), Semi Sweet (Pearl City), Smooth Groove (Campbell), Soul Vibe (Farrington), Uluvale Girls (Farrington) and Unique Blend (Waipahu).

Judges will select the winners in the following categories: Best Music Video, Best Editing and Graphics, Best Song, Best Arrangement, Best Mix, Best Performance, Best Male and Female Vocalist and Best Group. All first-place winners will receive an AT2020 studio microphone ($100 value).


The $2,000 grand prize award for Most Popular Music Video also will be announced at the event. For this award, voters went online to the BBTS Web site and voted weekly in support of their favorite high school music video.

The award show is next week Saturday at Queen Kapiolani Hotel. The dinner and awards program are from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by the dance after-party from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $30 for the dinner and awards, and $20 for the dance after-party. Tickets are available at www.brownbagstostardom.com.

 

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