James Nagel

Producer | Songwriter | Singer

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26 Reviews (20 Verified)
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I'm a producer and award-winning songwriter from the California Bay Area. You probably have heard many of my songs in commercials and hit TV shows without evening knowing it! My forte is in creating ear-catchy productions that leave listeners humming their melodies for weeks to come. I would love to meet you and hear more about your next project!

I enjoy collaborating with new clients and work hard in helping them achieve their creative goals. Every project is unique in itself and deserves specific attention and detail. Please feel free to get in touch and we can discuss your project's needs and how I can help.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

26 Reviews - 6 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Nick P.
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    James is an outstanding producer and amazing to work with!!He delivered quick, high quality results, awesome ideas to take it to the next level and a fantastic service orientation. He exceeded my expectations by miles! I can highly recommend James for your next project!! Thank you for everything James!

  2. Review by Bill O.
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    There are hundreds of great musicians here on SoundBetter, but I always come back to James for help with my musical projects. James is a one-stop-shop. He has a rich musical vocabulary which translates to playing or singing in any musical style. He always gives me more than I ask for- and extra harmony or guitar part or a musical flourish. I work in the :30 second TV spot world, so I hope to work with James on some full-length songs I’ve written. James will enhance any project you throw his way!

  3. Review by Bill O.
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    James can play just about any instrument he bumps into. Plus he's an amazing singer! His voice has a nice edge and grit to it, and he has great instincts for harmonies.

    It's obvious that James understands every aspect of music from recording to mixing. He's a great all-around musician and nailed everything the first time! He recorded a great driving guitar part and delivered it both dry and with a distortion amp effect.

    James is also a pleasure to work with!

    Bill O'Neil

  4. Review by Anders L.
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    From the first letter in our conversation James was very proffesional. He answered my questions with ease, he suggested things that really suited my song. He did a mix that I'm so very much satisfied with. He did revisons so perfect that I could not ask for any better.
    This was absolutely not the last time I will send work to James! He's a true proffesional with good ears and a very nice way to work with!

  5. Review by Mary L.
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    James is incredible. This was my first production project, and he was extremely patient and helpful throughout the whole process. His vision for my song was spot on, and he was really able to hone in on what I wanted. He's talented, reliable, and an excellent communicator. I couldn't be happier with how this project went.

  6. Review by Alan T.
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    Another fantastic job done by James. James not only provided the melody & full production, he also took time to improve the lyric. End product: a great song that will stand a very good chance of picking up a publisher & possible placement. Success! Thanks again James.

  7. Review by Joan C.
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    James is a pro!. He definitely knows his craft. A very clear communicator and listener with much patience. The kind of people I like to work with. Also, he knew his Rock n' Roll history, which was key when talking about references. Highly recommended. Look forward to doing things in the future.

  8. Review by Joshua R.
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    11 out of 10 hands down. James was very detailed in helping me through this process, patient, and listened to my vision for the song and after some back and forth, he sent back his take on it and nailed it. No revisions necessary. I have to say I had reservations using SoundBetter, but I'm glad I did. Looking forward to working with him again.

  9. Review by RJ
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    Once again, James is someone I am so honored to work with. Great producer, artist, who can make a song shine! Brilliant at what he does, and an ear of gold, what a combination. I TOTALLY endorse him and will be bringing a third song his way soon!

  10. Review by Cary A.
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    James is a top quality producer with good communication and musicianship. I very much enjoyed working with James and would do it again. Highly recommended!

  11. Review by Petar Milanovic
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    James Nagel is friendly and in a same time ultra-professional . He gave me the freedom to do my take on his tune and we where bout happy with the results Would work with James any time .

  12. Review by Jeff Miguel
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    I really enjoyed working with James. Communication was excellent and his music is top notch! It was so much fun just to listen to his track let alone play over it. I sincerely hope we can work on future projects together.

  13. Review by steven w.
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    James was a pleasure to work with; extremely professional, prompt and accommodating. The quality of his work was outstanding and I look forward to collaborating with James again. I would highly recommend James for any future work.

  14. Review by Lovely H.
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    James is amazing to work with. Again, he came through and completed my project thoroughly and efficiently. He has a great musical ear and was able to draw attention to things that I was initially unaware of. I will be using James for my next project.

  15. Review by Eclano
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    James was one of the best mixing/mastering engineers I have worked with. He goes above and beyond on, and is extremely talented with his craft. Would recommend 100%. Looking forward to working with him again!

  16. Review by Nirvanah R.
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    I really enjoyed working with James...His ability to listen and deliver on time was phenomenal! Amazing talent with multitask abilities... In a very short time he created a masterpiece that i really loved! I am so glad i decide to work with James! I highly recommend working with James!

  17. Review by Alan T.
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    Another wonderful job done! Can't fault it. James has delivered a very current, commercial track that stands an excellent chance of impressing a publisher. Hope to work with James again. He takes a pride in his work & it always shows through in the production & performance.
    Alan

  18. Review by Lovely H.
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    Mr. James Nagel was a pleasure to work with. He responded quickly to emails and questions, which demonstrates that he is a true professional. He also was very conscious of my deadline and completed my project within 24 hours as I requested. He was very approachable and willing to provide me with alternative masters. I will use him again!

  19. Review by Samantha
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    It has been nothing but a pleasure to work with James again. I am so so happy with the results and wouldn't trust anyone else with my music! I will surely be contacting him again for future projects. He is the best, always professional, and produces exceptional quality work! I am so glad I found James Nagel.

  20. Review by Samantha
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    I am so fortunate to have worked with James for the production, mixing, and mastering of my first album! Not only is he incredibly talented, but also extremely professional, efficient, and an all around great guy. James spent many countless hours breaking down each of my songs and making sure that each one was exactly as I had envisioned. Amazing!

  21. Review by RJ
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    James is one of the most professional and extremely talented artists I have ever worked with! He took my song to so many better levels. His patience as a producer and his artistic insight brought the song to life. As well, he is much more than a producer, he himself is an awesome artist. I know we will work together again :-)

  22. Review by Joel D.
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    James is extremely talented in multiple musical fields. I was blown away by the results he gave my project. He got it 110% right a lot sooner than expected, which is a good surprise. He is also willing to go the extra mile to make sure the producer gets the final vision complete. This man is highly recommended, and his rates are super fair !

  23. Review by Tarra Layne
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    James is an incredibly talented musician and professional. His responsiveness and clarity were on point. I couldn't ask for a more polite person to work with and am excited for a chance to work together again.

  24. Review by Lukasz B.
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    It was very spontaneous experience of the very talented and successful man. James is amazing, a real charmer sound. A very positive experience working with James. Very good contact. I definitely recommend James.

  25. Review by Alan Trickett
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    Just completed our first co-write together. The results were fantastic. Simply put, James delivers! He brought my lyric to life in a way I never imagined possible. A very current, marketable song, I hope to work with James again.

  26. Review by Nolan Kurtz
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    As a solo artist I have been fortunate to work with James on a number of projects. The combination of his professionalism and expertise as a producer makes James an absolute pleasure to work with. For musicians across all musical genres who are looking to have their talent and musical potential actualized, I cannot recommend him enough.

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Each project is different and may require more or less time. That being said, I am very flexible and will work with you regarding revisions, royalty/writers splits, and turnaround times.

GenresSounds Like
  • Dan Auerbach
  • Ray LaMontagne
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  • UA 1176
  • Neve 1073
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  • IK Multimedia Mastering
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