James Black (guitarist)

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James Black
Birth name James Black
Born (1975-08-31) August 31, 1975 (age 42)
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock, experimental, vocals
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments guitars, vocals
Years active 1990–present
Labels Written In Black Inc.
Associated acts Finger Eleven, Blackie Jackett Jr, Evanescence
Website JamesBlack.ca

James Black (born August 31, 1975) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician based in Toronto, Ontario. Black is best known for his role as guitarist in the band Finger Eleven since 1990,[1] but he also has launched a solo career and has a side-project with a fellow Finger Eleven band member. Others may know him as co-founder, guitarist and singer of Blackie Jackett Jr.

Black is also known for occasionally stepping in for Evanescence’s guitarist Troy McLawhorn.[2] Additionally, he heads up the band Blackie Jakett Jr with Rick Jackett, and appears on "Gone" by Justin Nozuka, RZA, Kobra Khan & James Black released on November 14, 2011.[3]


Finger Eleven[edit]

James Black is the lead guitarist, backup singer and a founding member of rock band Finger 11 – formerly known as Rainbow Butt Monkeys. As a band, they have released 6 studio albums, 1 live album, 2 EPs and 22 singles. An update on January 29, 2015 indicated that preparations were in the final stages of production and promised new details and artwork in the near future.[4]

The band released their seventh album "Five Crooked Lines" July 31, 2015, and released the lead single "Wolves and Doors" to Canadian radio. They've recently set upon the Fall of the Hammer Tour in support of the release.[5]

Blackie Jackett Jr[edit]

Blackie Jackett Jr is the side project of James Black with Finger 11 band mate Rick Jackett. They are joined by Jimmy Reid, Sandra Dee, Scott Brewer, Tino Zolfo and Neil Angus Macintosh. The alternative country band has released 1 full album and 2 singles since 2011.[6]

Solo career[edit]

Working under his own name, James Black’s solo career is his most recent brainchild. To date, he has released one album entitled Moon Boot Cocoon.

Moon Boot Cocoon[edit]

Black’s first solo album debuted May 27, 2014. The experimental rock album was produced by Tino Zolfo. On Moon Boot Cocoon, Black plays all of the instruments except for the drums.[7] It was primarily released digitally, however, through a Pledge Music campaign he released a number of Vinyl and CD to individual contributors.[8]

On March 14, 2015, 102.1 The Edge premiered the official video Color Blind on their website.[9]



Finger Eleven[edit]

Blackie Jackett Jr[edit]

  • 2011: Whisky and Tears
  • 2013: Honky Tonk Santa (Single)
  • 2014: I Got Stoned and I Missed It (Single)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Group Award Category
1996 Finger Eleven Juno Nomination: Breakout Group of the Year
2001 Finger Eleven Juno Nomination: Rock Album of the Year (The Greyest of Blue Skies)
2004 Finger Eleven Juno Nomination: Group of the Year
2005 Finger Eleven Juno Nomination: Single of the Year (One Thing)
2008 Finger Eleven Juno Nomination: Group of the Year
2008 Finger Eleven Juno Nomination: Single of the Year (Paralyzer)
2008 Finger Eleven Juno Won: Rock Album of the Year (Them vs. You vs. Me)
2009 Blackie Jackett Jr Hamilton Music Award Won: Country Record of the Year (Whisky and Tears)
2009 Blackie Jackett Jr Hamilton Music Award Nomination: New Artist/Group of the Year
2011 Finger Eleven Juno Nomination: Rock Album of the Year (Life Turns Electric)

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on January 6, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ Up Venue Kemba, UpVenue.com. Retrieved March 24, 2015
  3. ^ Hot New HipHop Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved March 24, 2015
  4. ^ Finger 11 Twitter Twitter. Retrieved March 27, 2015
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/FingerEleven?fref=nf
  6. ^ Facebook Retrieved March 24, 2015
  7. ^ The Rock Therock.fm. Retrieved March 24, 2015
  8. ^ Pledge Music PledgeMusic.com. Retrieved March 18, 2015
  9. ^ Edge Edge.ca. Retrieved March 24, 2015
  10. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/five-crooked-lines/id999975916