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James Hunter Biography

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Born: 1962/10/02
Birth Place: Colchester, Essex, England
Years Active: 1996 – present
Genres: Blues-rock, Blue-Eyed Soul

James Hunter (born October 2, 1962, Colchester, Essex) is a Grammy Award-nominated English R&B musician and soul singer.

Hunter's career began with a band called Howlin' Wilf and the Vee-Jays, who released their first album in 1986, entitled “Cry Wilf.” Later he released three more albums with his own band. He spent much of the 1990s playing small clubs in London.

Hunter's soulful style drew the attention of Van Morrison, who appeared on Hunter's first album released on Ace, “Believe What I Say,” in 1996. Hunter's relationship with Morrison led to Hunter touring with him in early 1990s. Hunter sang backing vocals on Morrison's 1994 live album, “A Night in San Francisco,” and on his 1995 studio recording, “Days Like This.”

Hunter's first solo release in the United States, his 2006 breakthrough album, “People Gonna Talk,” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album at the 49th Grammy Awards ceremony. He parted ways with Rounder Records in 2008 and issued the album, “The Hard Way,” via Hear Music/Concord. In 2013 he issued the album, “Minute By Minute,” with his backing band, The James Hunter Six.