James Apollo

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James Apollo
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Background information
Birth name James Apollo
Born (1982-12-25) December 25, 1982 (age 31)
Northwest Arkansas
Genres blues, soul, indie rock
Instruments vocals, guitar, piano
Labels Marterry
Associated acts Damien Jurado, One Direction, The Beatles
Website Official Website

James Apollo (born December 25, 1982) is an American singer and composer. He was born in Northwest Arkansas and spent formative years in Minneapolis, San Francisco, New York and Tennessee. He currently lives and works out of Seattle, Washington.

The Scotsman dubbed Apollo "King of the Road," in regards to a young life of touring.[1] He is best known for creating emotionally textured soundscapes, often gaining musical and lyrical citations to William Faulkner, Tom Waits, and classic sounds of the West. According to Allmusic, "Apollo's broken, bluesy tenor moans out his tale of broken hearts and substance abuse".[2] His songs have been featured in a number of independent films, including the feature, "Sun Dogs" and award winning film 38 témoins

Members[edit]

Current
  • James Apollo - vocals
  • Jack Chandelier - percussion
  • Matt Palin - bass
  • Ben Obee - piano
  • John Thomlinson - organ

Background[edit]

After touring the USA for several years, Apollo was picked up by Marterry Records, which released the debut, "Til Your Feet Bleed."

First touring Europe with then Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear, James Apollo was invited by Tom Robinson to perform live on the BBC. This led to numerous radio appearances, and a live television session on Channel M in Manchester, gaining the singer a wide audience throughout the UK. He has since continued performing in both the United States and the UK.

Apollo released his UK debut album Till Your Feet Bleed on the Marterry label. The album gained positive reaction from the press. Mojo awarded the album four (out of five) stars. “A record that’s shrouded in nocturnal melancholy, the singer-songwriter presiding over its dark delights with both a ghoulish air of danger and a charming fragility”.[3] Uncut also gave it four out of five stars. “You could accuse him of over-emoting, but there’s something intrinsically beautiful in how accordion, guitar and brushed drums are woven together to such doleful, quietly epic effect”.[4]

Apollo also contributed the track "One After 909" to Mojo's recreation of The Beatles record Let it Be album, given away free with the September 2010 edition of the magazine.

Apollo then recorded the vinyl only, "Angels we have Grown apart" which features a number of prominent New York musicians such as Clifton Hyde, Stefan Zeniuk, and Jesse Selengut.

In 2013 James Apollo worked with acclaimed indie artist Damien Jurado who produced the record "Little War, Little Less" which was recorded at the famous Bear Creek Studio in Washington's Cascade Mountains. The album's single "Blessed or Bust" reached #32 on the UK singles chart.

In 2014 James Apollo released "Angelorum," a record Clash (magazine) described as "Strident and passionate, with a full throat and a belly full of fury."[5] It was after this release that James Apollo was invited to tour with LA based Lord Huron, a move which brought Apollo's material to an entirely new audience.

The legendary Leon Russell is currently working with James Apollo on a yet untitled 2015 release

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The Scotsman. November 1 2008;
  2. ^ Allmusic [1];
  3. ^ Stubbs, Dan (August 2010) Album review of ‘Til Your Feet Bleed’, Mojo, London;
  4. ^ Album Review of 'Till Your Feet Bleed', September 2010, Uncut, London;
  5. ^ Clash Magazine. March 25 2014;