Kaz James

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Kaz James
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Background information
Born1982 (age 36–37)
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresElectronic, alternative dance, house
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, DJ
Years active2004 - present
LabelsSony BMG
Websitewww.kazjames.com

Kaz James[1] (born 1982) is an Australian singer-songwriter and DJ. He was raised in Melbourne and is of Italian and Greek origin. He released his first solo album, If They Knew, in 2008.

Kaz James was a co-founder in 2004 of the group BodyRockers, an Australian Irish electronic music duo collaboration, consisting of Kaz James and Dylan Burns. BodyRockers released a self-titled album BodyRockers in 2005 and had an international hit with the single "I Like the Way" also in 2005 before disbanding in 2007.

Biography[edit]

Kaz is an Australian of both Italian and Greek descent.[citation needed] He grew up in suburban Melbourne[2] and took early inspiration from his stepfather's diverse record collection, with emphasis on jazz, rare groove, and house.[citation needed] He received his education at Marcellin College in Bulleen, where he was active in music, playing trumpet as well as singing with the choir.[3] Forgoing university, James became a DJ at OneLove, a Melbourne nightclub.[4]

He is a distant relative of English Premiership footballer Wayne Rooney.[citation needed]

BodyRockers[edit]

Before he started his career as a soloist, James was one half of BodyRockers, who rose to prominence in 2005 with their first release, "I Like the Way (You Move)".[4] This guitar-laden dance track reached #3 on the UK Singles Chart in April 2005[5] and achieved popularity in other regions of the world as well. A self-titled album was released, as was the group's follow-up single, "Round and Round". The duo, James and British guitarist Dylan Burns, toured extensively in 2005 and 2006 and recorded a second album, but according to James, "we just didn't get around to releasing it".[6] BodyRockers then parted ways in 2006.

Solo career[edit]

Kaz James was signed by Universal Records at 21 and moved to London from Melbourne.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

as BodyRockers

(for details, refer to BodyRockers discography section)

Solo
Year Album Peak positions
AUS
[7]
2008 If They Knew  –

Singles / EPs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
AUS
[7]
BEL
(Vl)

[8]
BEL
(Wa)

[9]
FRA
[10]
2008 "Breathe"
(feat. Stu Stone)
57  –  –  – If They Knew
2008 "We Hold On" 81  –  –  –
2009 "Can't Hold Back"
(feat. Macy Gray)
42  –  –  –
2014 "Show Me All Your Love"  –  –  –  – Non-album singles
2014 "Blast Off"
(with David Guetta)
 – 49*
(Ultratip)
14*
(Ultratip)
33
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

Remixes[edit]

  • 2018: Nic Fanciulli - "Imitations" (Kaz James Remix)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Various Artists - Pacha, Mixed by Kaz James, Dirty Laundry & Sarah Main" inthemix.com.au. Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Kaz James: Stereosonic soldier" inthemix.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Kaz James keeps it real" Brisbane Times, 11 September 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Kaz James: He's still only got Onelove" inthemix.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Kaz James: Biography" 3DWorld.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Kaz James discography". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Kaz James discography". ultratop.be/fr/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Kaz James discography". ultratop.be/fr/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Kaz James discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2014.