James T. Slater
|Origin||Durham, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter (lyric and melody)|
James Thomas Slater was born in Durham, North Carolina. His father is a psychiatrist who plays the mandolin, and his mother is a native Spanish speaker. He was raised in the Panama Canal Zone in Central America and is of Bolivian descent.
After high school, Slater attended and graduated from the University of Miami School of Music. After a brief move to Los Angeles, he moved again to Zurich, Switzerland where he lived for six years and enjoyed touring, recording, and writing music. During this time, he wrote “Don’t Break My Heart,” for Belgian super group Vaya Con Dios, signed a solo contract with BMG Switzerland, and penned the hit “Poco a Poco.”
As of 2010, Slater lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Upon his arrival, he signed with Byron Gallimore’s Song Garden/State One publishing company but has recently made the move to EMI Music Publishing. During his time in Nashville, his songs have been recorded by country superstars like Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Rodney Atkins, John Michael Montgomery, Lorrie Morgan, Jessica Andrews, and Mark Wills, among others. McBride's recording of “In My Daughter’s Eyes” has become a contemporary standard and garnered Slater a 2006 BMI country award as well as a BMI pop award. The song was also nominated for a Grammy for best vocal performance. James recently was nominated for the country song of the year Grammy for Jamey Johnson's "The High Cost of Living". He has also penned Rascal Flatts' single, "Unstoppable" which was used as a theme for the winter Olympics in Vancouver and has written American Idol Kellie Pickler's single, "Falling In Love Again".
James' song "Maggie Creek Road" is featured on Reba McEntire's 2009 album Keep On Loving You which debuted at number 1 on the pop and country charts. Slater was featured in CMT’s in Season 1 of “Gone Country” where he co-wrote the winning song “The Way That I Want You”, (which was sung by Julio Iglesias Jr).
Slater co-wrote the following singles:
- Jessica Andrews: "There's More to Me Than You"
- Gloriana: "Can't Shake You"
- Jamey Johnson: "High Cost of Living"
- Martina McBride: "In My Daughter's Eyes"
- Tim McGraw: "Lookin' for That Girl"
- John Michael Montgomery: "Forever"
- Kellie Pickler: "Makin' Me Fall in Love Again", "100 Proof"
- Rascal Flatts: "Unstoppable"