James Wesley

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Not to be confused with James Wesley Rawles.
James Wesley
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Wesley at CMA Music Festival, June 2010
Background information
Birth name James Wesley Prosser[1]
Also known as James Prosser
Born Mound Valley, Kansas
Genres Country
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1999-present
Labels Warner Bros.
Broken Bow
Associated acts Rodney Clawson

James Wesley Prosser (born in Mound Valley, Kansas) is an American country music singer. In 1999, Prosser released the album Life Goes On through Warner Bros. Records. Ten years later, he signed to Broken Bow Records under the name James Wesley. Wesley has released five singles for this label: "Jackson Hole," the top 40 hits "Real" and "Didn't I", "Walking Contradiction" and "Thank a Farmer", all of which will be included on his second studio album, Real.

Early life and career[edit]

Prosser was born James Wesley Prosser in Mound Valley, Kansas.

Life Goes On[edit]

James Wesley Prosser was born in Mound Valley, Kansas.[2] He played music at several venues in college before meeting songwriter Rodney Clawson, who has co-written singles by Jason Aldean and George Strait.[2] Prosser signed to a recording deal with Warner Bros. Records and recorded his debut album, Life Goes On, in 1999.[3][4] The album produced two singles which charted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart. Allmusic gave the album three stars, saying that Prosser's "singing and writing … are truly unique."[5]

After the release of this album, Prosser worked various blue collar jobs. He returned to Nashville in 2006.[6]

Second album[edit]

Wesley signed to Broken Bow in 2009 and released his first single for the label, "Jackson Hole," on December 7, 2009. This song debuted at number 54 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for January 16, 2010.[7] Later in 2010, Wesley charted again with the song "Real", written by Neal Coty and Jimmy Melton.[8] "Real" was made into a music video in September 2010, directed by Chris Hicky.[9] Wesley's third single for Broken Bow, "Didn't I," was released in April 2011. It was followed by "Walking Contradiction", co-written by Kip Moore, which did not make Top 40. His next single was "Thank a Farmer", written by Steve Bogard, Josh Thompson, and Dustin Lynch, and inspired by a 2013 Dodge Ram commercial incorporating Paul Harvey's "So God Made a Farmer" speech.[10] This song also failed to make Top 40 on the country charts.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As James Prosser[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country CAN Country
1999 "Life Goes On" 59 84 Life Goes On (unreleased)
"Angels Don't Fly" 66
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

As James Wesley[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
[11]
US Country Airplay US Bubbling
[12]
2010 "Jackson Hole" 41 Real (unreleased)
"Real" 22 19
2011 "Didn't I" 24
2012 "Walking Contradiction" 54
2013 "Thank a Farmer" 50
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1999 "Life Goes On" Jim Shea
2010 "Real" Chris Hicky[13]
2011 "Didn't I" Marcel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who's New: James Wesley". Country Weekly 17 (23): 20. 7 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Broken Bow signs James Wesley". Country Standard Time. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (27 March 1999). "Warner touts the Traditional "Life" of James Prosser". Billboard. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "James Wesley biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Life Goes On". Allmusic. 
  6. ^ "‘Real’ turn of events for Wesley". Youngstown Vindicator. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Edward Morris (9 January 2010). "Taylor and Reba Top the Chart Again — As If You Couldn't Have Guessed". CMT. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Listing for "Real"". Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Wesley gets real with video". Country Standard Time. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  10. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (27 May 2013). "James Wesley Sets Up Debut Album With 'Thank a Farmer'". Billboard. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Chart history for James Wesley". Billboard. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Week of February 12, 2011". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ ""Real" music video". CMT. Retrieved 24 September 2010.