They had been working for 18 months on material with George Michael for his upcoming album before this was brought to such a sad and sudden end.
James's other credits as a guitarist include Tina Turner, George Michael and Kylie Minogue. He played with Kylie for five years throughout numerous world tours and TV performances.
He was signed to EMI with the band rock band Grace for 3 years. They realised a critically acclaimed album Detours and performed over 200 shows. This was followed by a large stylistic departure in the form of a 1 year world tour with Il Divo, this tour was Il Divo’s largest worldwide tour, encompassing 135 shows, 81 cities and 32 countries.
He has recorded around 10 live concert DVD's and played a whole host of TV shows including David Letterman, Jay Leno's Tonight Show and around 10 TOTP performances. The Il Divo live album James played on, 'An Evening With Il Divo : Live in Barcelona' debuted at no 1 in 9 countries and sold over 3 million copies in 2 months.
A few years ago he started a free Music Festival in his local area aimed at promoting the arts and local creative projects and raising money for charity. It runs yearly.
He recently reformed his band Harry Oakwood and the Millionaires with Irwin Sparkes from the Hoosiers and they're finishing a new album.
James and James are working, in a writing and production capacity, on Matt Cardle's as well as other signed artists.
He has also recently started a Music School which provides home visits from music teachers aimed at providing a quality bespoke approach to teaching. haytohms.co.uk.