James Kannis

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James Kannis
Birth name James Jay Kannis
Born (1985-11-05) 5 November 1985 (age 30)
Genres Hip hop, R&B, Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005–2007
Labels Shock Records (2006–2007)
Website JamesKannis.com.au

James John Kannis (born 5 November 1985) is a Greek-Australian singer who was well known for participating in the reality television show Australian Idol. Kannis was placed in seventh position, eliminated on 17 October 2005.

Kannis auditioned for Australian Idol in Sydney singing a song he composed with his step father, producer Sammy K, "A Dollar Away". The three judges responded with positive comments, Marcia Hines stating that she thought Kannis has "got a really good future in this industry".

During his Top 30 performance, he performed "Change the World" by Babyface, and although the judges provided positive feedback, he did not reach the Top 12. He returned to perform in the "Wildcard" round singing "Drift Away", and became the "Judges Choice" and the first "Wildcard" to be put through to the Final 12.

James Kannis is currently signed with ZEUS Records/SHOCK. His debut album Angels on a Hot Tin Roof, which takes inspiration from many genres of music including hip-hop, orchestral and dance, was Produced in Australia by Sammy K and Mastered in New York by world-renowned Tom Coyne (Destiny's Child, Pink) is due for release in early 2007. His debut single "Love 2 Love" which was released on 11 November 2006 peaked at #22 on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart and #35 in the "Weighted" ARIA Singles Chart, making him the only true independent Australian artist in the Aria Top 40 on 4 December. On 2 April 2007, "Love 2 Love" re-entered the ARIA Chart at #35 and ARIA Physical Singles Chart at #17 after Kannis' appearance at a Greek Music Festival in Australia during March 2007. This was 3.5 months after the song left the Australian Chart in the first place. "Love 2 Love" also topped the Australian Indie charts. Kannis' second single is also due out just prior to the release of the album Angels on a Hot Tin Roof.

James Kannis' Australian Idol performances were:

James now sings in Sydney based band The Julius Set



  • "Love 2 Love" (11 November 2006) ARIA#35

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