James Hunter (singer)

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James Hunter
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Hunter and his band at La Zona Rosa 7, February 2009, Austin, Texas
Background information
Birth name Neil James Huntsman
Born (1962-10-02) 2 October 1962 (age 57)
Colchester, Essex, England
Genres British rhythm and blues
British soul
Blue-eyed soul
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1986–present
Labels Go Records, Hear, Big Beat, Ace, Rounder, Ruf
Website www.jameshuntermusic.com

James Hunter (born 2 October 1962, Colchester, Essex) is an British rhythm and blues musician and soul singer.


Hunter's career began with a band called "Howlin' Wilf and the Vee-Jays," who released their first album in 1986 entitled Cry Wilf. Later he released three more with his own band. He spent much of the 1990s playing small clubs in London, such as the Weavers Pub in Islington (North London), and the 100 Club on Oxford Street in London. Hunter's soulful style drew the attention of Van Morrison, who appeared on Hunter's first album released on Ace, Believe What I Say, in 1996. (Morrison sang backing vocals on "Turn On Your Love Light" and "Ain't Nothing You Can Do".) Hunter's relationship with Morrison led to a tour with the latter in the early nineties; he sang backing vocals on Morrison's 1994 live album, A Night in San Francisco, and his 1995 studio recording Days Like This.[1] Hunter's first solo release in the United States, his 2006 breakthrough album People Gonna Talk, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album at the 49th Grammy Awards ceremony.[2] He parted ways with Rounder Records in 2008 and issued the album The Hard Way via Hear Music/Concord.


Solo and as leader

Howlin' Wilf & The Veejays:

  • Howlin Wilf & the Vee-Jays, Cry Wilf! (1986) re-issued by Big Beat (2002)
  • "Blue Men Sing The Whites" (mini LP) WATERFRONT WF 036 (1987)
  • "Howlin' Wilf & The Vee-Jays" UNAMERICAN ACTIVITIES BRAVE 8 (1988/89)
  • "6 By Six" (six song mini album) HOUND DOG BUT 004 (1990)

James Hunter:

Album appearances


  1. "James Hunter and the Return of Analog Soul". NPR.org.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "49th Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". GRAMMY.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "The James Hunter Six Keep Time on 'Minute by Minute' Song Premiere | Music News". Rolling Stone. 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2013-03-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Perusse, Bernard (2013-02-23). "New music review: Minute by Minute, The James Hunter Six (Universal) | Montreal Gazette". Blogs.montrealgazette.com. Retrieved 2013-03-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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