On May 27, 2016, The Hollowbodies released their highly anticipated sophomore album "When The Lights Go Out". 6 of the 9 songs were penned by James, including the Grunge Rock "Malibu" which has been getting airplay in Southern Ontario.
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James and The Hollowbodies performed as an acoustic trio in the Sunday Spotlight at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee on September 4, 2016. The Bluebird was ranked 10th in Rolling Stone's top 10 best clubs in America.
From 2008-2009, James was as an Assistant Researcher for Jeff Woods' nationally syndicated radio show Q107 Legends of Classic Rock. In 2013, the two reconnected after James' pitch for a show about the road. Intrigued by the idea, Jeff let James take the reigns and write "Legends on the Road" Parts 1 and 2 which aired in September of the same year.
In 2013, James performed an acoustic rendition of his song "Town Without a Name" in the National Screen Institute Film "Pretend We're Kissing". The film went on to win best comedy at the Maui International Film Festival and was an official selection at the L.A. Comedy Film Festival and Whistler Film Festival.
In April 2010, James' song "Profit Man" was a Top 5 Ontario Finalist in the David Suzuki Songwriting Contest "Playlist For The Planet". The song was recorded by The Hollowbodies as an acoustic rendition and would later appear on the group's self titled debut "Town Without a Name" in 2012.
While researching and writing for Q107 Legends of Classic Rock with Jeff Woods, James wrote, produced and hosted a radio segment about songwriting called 'Back Pages Radio'.
In 2013, The Hollowbodies headlined an intimate evening at The Hugh's Room. For this special event, they released an acoustic rendition of their soon to be recorded song 1983. The rock version would later reappear on the band's sophomore album, "When The Lights Go Out".
James' song "Carry On" is currently being featured as the trailer for the indie film "Cafe Artist" by Ghazo Pics.
In 2015, James composed the vocal sting for Unilock's new radio commercial jingle which is currently airing in both the United States and Canada.
In the summer of 2012, The Hollowbodies were invited to perform at the inaugural Boots and Hearts Music Festival where they shared a stage with Tebey, Tim Hicks, and shared the Saturday festival bill with artists such as Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow.
The following year, The Hollowbodies formally entered the music video for James' song Town Without A Name into the 2013 Boots and Hearts Music Festival Emerging Artist Showcase. They were selected as 1 of 8 bands nationwide to perform that summer alongside the likes of Jessica Mitchell and Jordan McIntosh.
On May 5, 2012, The Hollowbodies released their self-tilted debut folk rock album "Town Without a Name" to a capacity crowd at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. James wrote 12 of the 15 songs while traveling through Australia, Southeast Asia and Europe.