James Woolwine is a truly unique musical talent, combining his skills as a gifted songwriter and an instrumental expert. Equally proficient on guitar and piano, he delivers exciting and eclectic solo performances.
His vocal songs highlight the best elements of Folk and Rock music; combining intelligent lyrics with Top-40 hooks.
James' instrumental compositions showcase his musical depth; mixing a Classical background with Pop melodicism, Jazz sophistication, and Heavy Metal energy. Guitar pieces alternate between intricate fingerpicking and precise flatpicking. Piano solos full of beautiful melodies give way to impressive displays of technique.
He evokes an array of influences such as Kaki King, Tommy Emmanuel, Rodrigo & Gabriela, George Winston, Bach, Beethoven, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Metallica, and Shinedown.
James' stylistic diversity and superior musicianship ensure that audiences are always impressed, and never bored.
James recently won first prize in "Advanced Fingerstyle Guitar" at the 2014 Topanga Banjo/Fiddle contest:
As a pianist he was twice awarded the RVMTA merit scholarship, and took 2nd place in the regional finals of the Virginia James Bland Scholarship competition.
James was a runner-up in the 2012 Song Of The Year contest: http://songwriters.songoftheyear.com/songwriting-contest/jameswoolwine.html
and a semi-finalist in the 2013 Song Of The Year contest: http://songwriting.songoftheyear.com/jameswoolwine.html
"....a lovely ability to translate music with emotional integrity and attention to detail."
-Fiona Joy Hawkins
"....a nice change from much of what I've heard lately. It's good to hear an artist who has spent a considerable amount of time developing their musical skills. Anytime someone is dedicated and puts in the work to develop this level of musicianship I feel that there's still hope for the future of music!"
"Something different from the norm. Great work!"