The New Music Scene Reunion Jamboree Sat. Aug. 19th, 2017 7:00-11:30pm

The New Music Scene was at the genesis of a vibrant scene in So. Cal. Creativity, community, and collaboration resulted in countless records, tours, song credits, TV/Film placements, and careers in the process. We are all gathering together again for a great evening of music, food, community, and all for a great cause – to help one of our tribe’s non profit organization to keep music alive in the very communities this one started in.

Eventbrite for tickets.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-new-music-scene-reunion-jamboree-tickets-35740908018

NAMM Show Performance – The Hilton Hotel Stage, Saturday, Jan. 23rd, 2016 2:00pm

JAMES GREY with Bob Hawkins on electric guitar

2016 WINTER NAMM SHOW, Anaheim, CA.

The Hilton Hotel Stage, SATURDAY, JAN. 23rd, 2:00pm

This is a public performance. NAMM trade show attendance is closed to the public.

James Grey appearance courtesy of NAMM. Special thanks to corporate endorsement partners  Taylor Guitars, D’Addario,The Recording Academy, Digitech, LR Baggs.

www.jamesgrey.com

Looking back….in gratitude.

Looking back at 2015 in word snapshots….

2015: NAMM, MUSICARES BOB DYLAN SHOW, GRAMMYS, SONGS ON SPRING WB SHOWS, BALBOA BAY RESORT RESIDENCY THRU HALLOWEEN, SONGS PLACED WITH THEME PUBLISHING CO’S., BECAME A PUBLISHED BLOGGER, GUEST SPEAKER AT NYC’S GRATITUDE AND TRUST CONFERENCE, MARRIED THE BEST WOMEN EVER!!!!, SONGS ON SUMMER/FALL ABC FAMILY CHANNEL SHOWS, WROTE ALOT OF SONGS WITH NEW AND FAMILIAR COWRITERS, TRACKED SOME OF THEM, WORKED WITH TWO NEW PRODUCERS – BOTH VERY TALENTED AND COOL, PLAYED SOME GREAT HOLIDAY CELEBRATION SHOWS, HAD A SKIN CANCER SCARE – TOOK CARE OF IT (USE SUNBLOCK AND GET CHECKED REGULARLY), PUT UP CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND LOOKING AT THEM OFTEN, SPENDING HOLIDAYS WITH FAMILY AND LOVED ONES, ENJOYING THE “CALIFORNIA SNOW” (RAIN AND COLD…ITS AS CLOSE AS WE GET HERE)….

And all the while being blessed enough to surround myself as much as possible with some of the most amazing people on this planet. Thank you each and everyone of you for allowing me into your world- you know who you are. I hope I have brought you as much love and joy as you have given me. And I am grateful for the growing discernment to recognize and avoid those folks who are less than cool. This singular act has profoundly improved my well being.

So, that about brings it up to date. Wishing you health and peace this season. I believe in the prince of peace, Jesus. But whatever your belief, I respect that and want peace for you, in your heart and mind. This truly is the season for believing in love. May the pain and fear of this old year vanish on new years day, and all we carry forward are the best memories. And may 2016 be the best year yet for us all!

God Bless,

James

Gratitude and Trust #140 Conference, June 24th, 2015, 92Y, NYC

It was an honor and a privilege to be invited to the Big Apple to speak at the 1st annual Gratitude and Trust #140 Conference. Formatted similar to TEDTalks conferences, I was treated to a full day of insightful and educational talks on subjects related to wellness and personal empowerment. I was told that prior to our afternoon panel moderated by Paul Williams that the event was the #1 top trending event on Twitter. Thats pretty cool!

What was a surprise and delight was just how many amazing people I met and made a connection with – either drawn to me by my public words, or sharing a moment in between. I got a sense that I met friends I will have for a lifetime. Visit www.gratitudeandtrust.com. Make a connection. You never know where it will take you….

I also met up with Brian Beckwith, a talented music producer out of Brooklyn. We ate and  walked around Williamsburg – the evening was alive with summer sounds and colors! We are working on a summer remix of “Everyday’s A Sunday” featuring a rising star spoken word artist and Brian’s undeniable sonic touch. I’m excited!

I found a few hours prior to my journey back home to attend the 911 Memorial and Museum. It opened only weeks prior. I cannot say it was a lighthearted entertainment venture, but I can recommend that everyone should visit it when in NYC. They did an extremely good job paying homage to a day that changed history, and honoring everyone who lost their lives innocently, or in service. I remember what I was doing that morning….

A summer in Newport….

Private duo performances throughout the summer and fall season to the members of the acclaimed Balboa Bay Club & Resort. From Memorial Day until late October the Yachts will be at our backs, friendly people around us, and baby blue skies above. If you are a member, or know one, come on out and say Hello!

The Grammy Awards, Sunday, Feb. 8th, 2015

The highlight of the pre-telecast Premiere Awards was when 20 Feet From Stardom won as the year’s best documentary. The Director lost his battle to cancer as he was finishing the credits to this amazing cinematic capture of the industry’s top back up and session singers. His young son spoke with his younger sister by his side, as their mother stood behind them, along side one of the iconic singers featured in the film. The boy, who looked to be about 12 years old spoke about his father’s wishes to bring this story to the world, and how proud he was of him. There was not a dry eye in the house. Beautiful. Another gratifying moment was watching my friend from South Africa win for the best new age album. His genuine joy and excitement epitomized a true music creator’s highlight of his creative life.

Telecast Awards Show: AC/DC’s opener jump started the night, with the entire audience encouraged to wear their provided devil horns headband for effect. Fun! From there the night flew ( sometimes watching from TV is not the same experience ) as you could feel the electricity of music’s biggest night. We did not notice the subtle Kanye West drama. It was only when the chatter after the fact, along with seeing the footage, that it really sank in. I purposely wanted to wait to post about the show to let my distaste for his energy spill out on my otherwise positive accounting of the evening. I will say this though….there is no new ego under the sun. We have seen those like him before and will see them again. Diseased egos darkening the community that otherwise is seemingly rising above the industry stereotypes of old. One very prominent figure said we should hold Kanye to his word and encourage him not to play with us anymore, as he threatened to do. Amen to that.

The after party saw Jesse J rock her anthem “Bang Bang” and other hits. Then Gloria Gaynor played her hits to conclude with ” I Will Survive “. We ended the night by dancing to the mixes of one of the planet’s most famous DJs until the early hours of the following day.

New friends met. Old ones renewed. Another great way to end the awards and convention season of 2015.

Musicare’s Person of the Year: Bob Dylan, Friday Feb. 6th, 2015

Being on the production team for another year of the Musicare’s Person of the Year event is always an honor and a privilege. But this year took amazing to another level. That’s the hardest of the hard to do, because each year pays tribute to the music industry’s icons. The cream of the cream of the crop….
It wasn’t that the amazing artists who played performance tribute could dip into arguably the most prolific body of songs to chose from. It wasn’t the entertainment industry’s best and brightest who rushed to their seats in anticipation of seeing and hearing a man who made a career out of not being seen nor heard, unless it was on his terms. And it wasn’t even President Jimmy Carter himself introducing him as a man who’s words had more impact than all of the Presidents combined.
It was the approx. 43 minutes that Bob Dylan spoke. He spoke about his career, influences, inspiration, detractors, critics, the global social mindset when he began, through his over 50 year career, and right to that very night. With razor sharp recollection and acumen he was like that person you thought was sleeping. Sleeping in his own world. But he was always paying attention. More than many of us who claim to be more alert to this humanity and the ground we inhabit. He fooled you, he fooled me, and he fooled even those who have been watching every move he has made.

And his words bounced, dipped, jumped, and hugged. Spontaneously they cut sharp then round, saucy then soft. And with the bump and rumble of the most skillful wordsmith who had the advantage of preparation. You could hear how his songs were born. Not far from his random thoughts. I was witnessing a once in a lifetime event….

He left me with life changing phrases. One that stands out is his recollection of a conversation with Sam Cooke, when Sam said ” a voice should not be judged on if it’s pretty. It should be judge on it’s ability to convince you that it is telling the truth.”

Towards the end it was obvious he was not going to perform. In the beginning I would predict I would have been, as others in attendance, disappointed. But I would not trade his words spoken for any performance. I’m sure all others would agree as well.

We heard the voice that expressed what generations could only think. And he somehow had a voice that would enlighten while giving you the feeling that he was just like the rest of us. if there was one common thought it would have been ” he is telling the truth.” That same thought the world had when they first heard his songs in the beginning. When he was changing the world one song at a time.

I walked to my car after saying goodbye to my friends and collaborators and looked forward to silence to make sense of what I experienced. And I thanked the author in my heart who seeded my love of music, for gifting me this night…..

It’s the season….

After ending a three season long residency of shows, the fall began a season of songwriting and recording for various projects. We are excited for what songs will be born in 2015. More details soon. This second half of December traditionally finds life and music slowing down to spend with family and loved ones. Before we know it the brand new baby 2015 will bring on NAMM, MusiCares Dylan Tribute, Grammy Awards, and all the celebrations around them. So, let me raise my glass…wishing you and yours a peaceful, joyful, and safe holiday season. Thank you for letting me in your world.
Sincerely,
James

The Songwriting Master Class with Paul Williams


8.25.14: The Youth Cultural Arts Foundation (YCAF) presented Paul Williams to a packed house of youth passioned in the arts from all over California. I was honored to be Paul’s invited guest to panel and perform with Paul and Grammy Award winning songwriters Dave Merenda (“I Will Remember You” Sarah Mclachlian) and Chris Caswell (Daft Punk). The young talent was amazing! Generations evaporated as we welcomed them into the songwriters tribe! As we reflected in the days after, the evening’s joy lingered well after we said goodnight to the capacity crowd.There is nothing more rewarding than to change a young person’s history, if you can.

“The Journey Of A Song 60’s and 70’s” book release event Thursday 7-10-14 7:30-10PM

“The Journey Of A Song 60’s and 70’s” book release event and “In The Round” performance by James Grey, Warren Sellers, and Kevin Fisher.
Warren Sellers celebrates the published release of his first book for lovers of song.
Intimate meet and great, book signing, and live performance.