|Birth name||James Wanderly Apollo|
December 25, 1992 |
|Genres||blues, soul, indie rock|
|Instruments||vocals, guitar, piano|
|Associated acts||Grizzly Bear, Damien Jurado, One Direction, The Beatles|
James Apollo (born December 25, 1992) 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, and New York City.
The Scotsman dubbed Apollo "King of the Road," in regards to a young life of touring. 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". His songs have been featured in a number of independent films, including the feature, "Sun Dogs" and award winning film 38 témoins
After touring the USA for several years, Apollo was picked up by NoAlternative Records, which released a number of Apollo's albums including "Hide Your Heart in a Hive" (2008).
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 EU, dividing time between music hubs of [New York] and London, as well lesser trodden locales such as Reykjavík and Slovenia.
In 2010 Apollo released his UK debut album Till Your Feet Bleed on the No Alternative label. The album gained some positive reviews. 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”. 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”.
In 2012 James Apollo worked with acclaimed indie artist Damien Jurado who produced the record "Little War, Little Less"
The legendary Leon Russell is currently working with James Apollo on a yet untitled 2014 release