James Gadon is a Canadian Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Producer and Filmmaker who graduated from Bowdoin College in 2007 with a degree in Psychology. Since graduating from Bowdoin, James has worked in the entertainment industry and recently furthered his education by obtaining The Osgoode Hall Law School Certification in Entertainment Law through York University.
James currently writes, records and performs independently, with the Toronto rock band, 'The Hollowbodies' and with electronic pop duo 'Sunrise in the Desert'. In 2010, James' song "Profit Man" was a Top 5 Finalist in the CBC Radio 3 David Suzuki Songwriting Contest Playlist For The Planet. In 2012, James and The Hollowbodies released their debut album to a capacity crowd at Toronto's Drake Hotel and supported the record by performing across Southern Ontario. James' song and video "Town Without a Name" was chosen as 1 of 8 nationwide for The 2013 Boots and Hearts Country Music Festival Emerging Artist Showcase. James has shared stages with Aaron Lewis, Tim Hicks, The Reklaws, and Jordan McIntosh, and has shared festival bills in the past with artists such as Sheryl Crow, The Band Perry and Kid Rock.
In 2013, James started combining his love of music and cinema by writing for the screen. He scored an episode of "Reelside", a documentary television series that explores the Canadian Entertainment industry. His episode was focused on renowned photographer Caitlin Cronenberg (directed by Sarah Gadon) and it premiered on The Movie Network and Movie Central on June 4, 2015. He also appeared in his first film, performing an original song in a scene for The National Screen Institute Film, "Pretend We're Kissing" starring Zoe Kravitz.
2016 has been a breakout year for James as he wrote and produced songs on 2 different releases with both of his bands. James wrote 6 of the 9 songs on The Hollowbodies' sophomore album 'When The Lights Go Out' and co-wrote all 3 songs with Tan Ciyiltepe for Sunrise in the Desert's self-titled debut EP. In July, James and The Hollowbodies released, 'When The Lights Go Out' by playing back to back sold out release shows at The Burdock in Toronto while his grunge rock inspired song 'Malibu' received airplay on Canadian radio. With momentum from the release, James and The Hollowbodies traveled to Nashville, Tennessee where they played to a capacity crowd in the coveted hour-long Spotlight at the legendary Bluebird Cafe.
During the summer of 2016, James' song, 'Bang Bang' (Co-written with Tan Ciyiltepe and recorded by Sunrise in the Desert) was licensed for a nationwide CBC Olympic montage about Usain Bolt. The song generated significant buzz and The YouTube video has over 20,000 views. 'Bang Bang' was also featured on the Y108 Indie Rocks Show alongside the likes of Sloan's 'Summer's My Season'.
Shortly following the exposure of Bang Bang, James' piano ballad, 'Dream Tonight' recorded by The Hollowbodies, was used in another nationwide CBC Paralympic montage produced by Tim Thompson.
With these nationwide licenses and the recent buzz about his songwriting, James was offered an official invitation to showcase at The 2017 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin Texas with both of his groups, The Hollowbodies and Sunrise in the Desert.
James was formerly a member of the Maine Songwriter's Association while attending Bowdoin College and was a featured songwriter at Portland's North Star Cafe, among other venues in the Northeastern United States. Through his passion for songwriting, James started, 'Route 84 Music Inc.', an independent music publishing business. At Route 84, James licenses music for film, television and digital media.
In addition to songwriting, James is also a screenwriter and has written for radio. From 2008-2013, James assisted with research and writing for the Corus produced nationally syndicated radio show 'Q107 Legends of Classic Rock with Jeff Woods' and wrote, hosted and produced a radio segment on songwriting called 'Back Pages Radio'.