James Hall (singer)
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|Birth name||James Vincent Hall|
|Born||January 2, 1968|
|Labels||RCA/Silvertone, Daemon Records|
|Associated acts||Mary My Hope, Marilyn Manson, Zilch|
James Vincent Hall (born January 2, 1968, in Harris County, Texas) is an American rock singer and guitarist best known for his gothic-style lyrics, distinctive voice, eccentric behavior and eclectic compositions.
Early career – Mary My Hope/Solo
Before launching his solo career in 1990, James Hall was the singer for Atlanta band, Mary My Hope, which released one full-length album entitled Museum in 1989 and one EP, 1990's Suicide Kings, both on RCA/Silvertone. An expanded version of Suicide Kings appeared at the same time, called Monster Is Bigger Than The Man. This contained, in addition to the unreleased material and Museum album cuts, two live tracks recorded at the Princess Charlotte in Leicester (UK). In 1993, Hall's My Love, Sex, and Spirit was put out by Daemon Records, Indigo Girl Amy Ray's co-op effort. Three singles were released from My Love, Sex, and Spirit, each containing non-album tracks. Subsequently, he signed to Geffen Records, and in 1996 his album Pleasure Club was released. In 1994 he contributed a trumpet part to the songs Fugitive and Touch Me Fall, from the Indigo Girls' album Swamp Ophelia.
In 2002 Hall appeared with a new band named Pleasure Club. This band featured Hall on vocals and guitar, Michael Jerome on drums, Grant Curry on bass, and Marc Hutner also on guitar. They released three albums, Here Comes The Trick, The Fugitive Kind and the last "Scatter Rose" (2020). Here Comes The Trick was later re-released as a double with a live album entitled Live: Out of the Pulpit accompanying it. Pleasure Club have since disbanded, and Hall has returned to his solo work.
The Futura Bold
After the disbanding of Pleasure Club and the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina receded, James found himself in Atlanta Georgia. Multi-instrumentalists Chris Piskun and Bruce Butkovich joined James during what was to be his 3rd solo record, yet ultimately morphed into a new entity christened : The Futura Bold...
Hall has formed a working relationship with singer Jimmy Gnecco of the band Ours and is featured on the third Ours album, Mercy (Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy).
He also is the lead singer of the Aristocrats, a recent project started by Hall, Darren Dodd, and Dropsonic's Dan Dixon and Dave Chase.