Jaime St. James

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Jaime St. James
Jaime St. James
Background information
Birth name James Pond
Born c. 1960
Origin Portland, Oregon, United States
Genres Hard rock, Glam metal
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals, Drums
Years active 1984–present
Associated acts Black N' Blue
Freight Train Jane
St. James
Warrant
Cold Gin
Hard Rock All Stars
Let It Rawk
Website www.jaimestjames.com www.hardrockallstars.com

Jaime St. James is the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the glam metal band Black 'N Blue. He also served briefly in the mid-2000s as the lead singer of Warrant,[1] but he left upon the return of the band's original lead singer Jani Lane in 2008. He sang (and co-wrote several tracks) on Warrant's 2006 album Born Again.[2]

Born James Pond, St. James started out playing drums, as he had fantasized about being a rock drummer during his youth. He began his professional music career while a student at Cleveland High School, where he and classmates Dan Kurth, Barry Pendergrass, and Ray Malsom formed the Molly Hatchet-inspired combo Jet. Pond and Jet are featured prominently in the 1977 Legend, the yearbook of Cleveland High School. The band was briefly a favorite among Portland's high school crowd, and his version of the ZZ Top song "La Grange" was an early hint of his future fame.[citation needed]

It was also during high school that Pond met his then-classmate and fellow musician, Tommy Thayer, creating a friendship that has lasted to the present. He and Thayer formed a band that ultimately evolved into Black 'n Blue, which gave the two their first taste of mainstream success.[citation needed]

Following Black N' Blue, St. James performed with the bands Freight Train Jane, The Glorious Things (which also featured former Warrant guitarist Billy Morris), and his own band St. James, which Billy Morris guested with.

Jaime St. James also played drums for the Kiss tribute band called Cold Gin, playing the role of Peter Criss. Tommy Thayer, band mate of St. James in Black 'N Blue (and current member of Kiss) was also in Cold Gin, playing the role of Ace Frehley. There was/is at least one other Kiss tribute band also called Cold Gin.[citation needed]

He co-wrote one Kiss song with Gene Simmons and Scott Van Zen: "In My Head", which appeared on their album Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions.

Aside from Black 'N Blue, St. James is currently a member of the Hard Rock All Stars with Juan Croucier of Ratt, Stacey Blades (formerly of L.A. Guns) and Pete Holmes of Black 'N Blue / Michael Schenker. Their set list includes songs from their own respective bands Black 'N Blue, Ratt & L.A. Guns.

In late 2013, St. James joined the live show Let It Rawk with Stacey Blades, Oz Fox, Scot Coogan, Eric Brittingham and Sean McNabb. The band currently performs regularly in Las Vegas, Hollywood, and at various rock festivals.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Warrant Announce New Lineup". Blabbermouth. 2/15/04. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Warrant: New Audio with Jamie St James Available". Blabbermouth. 3/29/06. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Former LA. Guns Guitarist Stacey Blades Launches Let it Rawk". Blabbermouth. 12/4/13. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 

Discography[edit]

Black 'N Blue Studio Albums[edit]

Year Album US Label RIAA Certification
1984 Black 'N Blue 129 Geffen Records -
1985 Without Love 111 Geffen Records -
1986 Nasty Nasty 110 Geffen Records -
1988 In Heat 133 Geffen Records -
2011 Hell Yeah! - Frontiers Records -

Black 'N Blue Live Albums[edit]

Year Album US Label RIAA Certification
1998 One Night Only: Live - Geffen Records -
2002 Live In Detroit – 1984 - Frontiers Records -

Black 'N Blue Compilation Albums[edit]

Year Album US Label RIAA Certification
2001 The Demos Remastered: Anthology 1 - Frontiers Records -
2001 Ultimate Collection - Frontiers Records -
2005 Collected (box set) - Frontiers Records -
2007 Rarities - Frontiers Records -

Freight Train Jane[edit]

Year Album Japan Label RIAA Certification
1994 Hallucination - New Century Media Records -

St. James[edit]

Year Album US Label RIAA Certification
2001 Americanman - Melodic Mayhem Music -

Warrant[edit]

Year Album US Label RIAA Certification
2006 Born Again - Deadline / Cleopatra Records -

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