began his musical career making guest appearances with popular Somerset
band 'Hit and Miss'. Once hooked on the highs of playing in front
of people rather than to a collection of childhood cuddly toys he
formed the amusingly named 'Unhindered by Talent' along with his
brother and some friends. Playing a mixture of rock and blues they
were a typical garage band which developed into the successful Taunton
based rock band Burning
Chrome with whom James still plays.
Forming Best Kept Secret has been the opportunity for James to do
something different and learn some new skills. He now contributes
with bass and percussion as well as his 6 and 12 string acoustic
guitars. James says:
"After 10 years of playing rock songs, BKS (as we call ourselves)
is a refreshing change. I love playing the songs we chose for the
set and sometime our rehearsals are as much fun as playing the gigs.
My experience of taking part in the West Factor 2005 competition
was something I will always remember; never in a million years did
I think I would ever seriously take part in a singing competition,
and we got to the semi finals. Marvelous"
James uses a Liberty 4-string electric bass guitar, a Crafter 5-string
acoustic bass, and Takamine 6 & 12-string guitars with Boss
effects. In the studio, he also uses a Taylor 6-string.