Juno and Latin Grammy winning songwriter and acoustic and electric master guitarist . Co-wrote and played on Nelly Furtado's hits "Manos al Aire", "Turn off the Lights" ,Yuna's "Tourist", worked with Luis Fonsi, Shawn Mendes, Martin Garrix etc.Member of bands Prozzak and Philosopher Kings.Specialty: big hooks and beautiful melodies.
James Bryan (b. James Bryan McCollum) is a Canadian guitarist, songwriter and producer who’s mission is to inspire, uplift and entertain through music. As a member of Juno winning acts Philosopher Kings and Prozzak , to his solo career and work with international artists Nelly Furtado, Luis Fonsi, Shawn Mendes, Martin Garrix, Yuna and more, James has played on over 200 recordings, achieved platinum success, and performed on stages from Wembley Stadium to Madison Square Gardens and Massey Hall. At the heart of all this music is the passionate, soulful and unmistakable sound of his guitar.
James’ influences include The Beatles, Brazilian Bossa Nova, classic Soul, Sade, Bob Marley and guitarists George Benson, Tuck Andress, Baden Powell and Tommy Emmanuel. His songs and playing are diverse , soulful & emotional to upbeat and catchy. His signature sound can be heard on hits such as Prozzak’s “Sucks To Be You’, and Nelly Furtado’s “Turn Off the Light” and “Manos al Aire”.
James loves writing great songs and working with great singers. Collaboration fuels his inspiration and he is a master in many genres: acoustic /pop/ neo-soul/folk/indie/soul-jazz. He loves writing big hooks and beautiful melodies. Whether it's writing lyrics, melody or bringing his guitar artistry to elevate your track, James brings emotion and technical excellence to every session.
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Though I have only performed on stage with James, I can only imagine the magic that he would bring to anyone’s writing or recording session. He is well versed in numerous styles of music from jazz to reggae to pop and hip hop, blues and beyond. If you’re looking for that extra punch of creativity to take your jams to the next level, bring this guy on board. You won’t be disappointed!
I have had the honour of collaborating with James on six songwriting projects and full scale concert productions over the past thirteen years. James is a virtuosic guitarist with a huge wealth of experience performing, writing, and producing works around the globe with some of the biggest stars. His passion and compassion provide inspiration to all who work with him!
Oh my goodness, I've known James since 2002 (or 2003?!). We met and connected immediately while he played acoustic and I sang. He's a phenomenal accompanist with such a soulful, rhythmic and interpretive feel. His ideas and precise execution reflect his genius talent and big heart. We've written and recorded many songs together, including our 2015 release "Summer Sessions." He's encouraged me to grow technically and expressively as an artist. I consider him an amazing gift in my life and look forward to our next projects and chances to collaborate.
I've worked with James Bryan for many years. For me, he's one of the top guitar players in Canada. He has a distinct style when performing on the guitar - a truly unique voice on his instrument. His technique is excellent, and playing with him feels very natural and easy. He is also a talented songwriter, arranger, and producer. I am fortunate to have collaborated with him on a number of projects, and I always look forward to sharing the stage with him.
Award-Winning Toronto Producer Who Moved To LA: 'I keep trying different session guitarists here and nobody can touch James.'
Me: 'Yeah I've been telling you that forever! He's better than anyone.'
We came up completely spoiled, recording with James in Toronto. Play him a song and he instantly hears the layers it needs, electric and acoustic. He has all of the right gear and a wealth of experience dialing in sounds. Then the magic—his precision and feel are crazy. He rarely needs more than one take per track. On top of this, he's relaxed, generous and genuine. Wholehearted endorsement!
I am a London based songwriter/producer and have been lucky enough to work on many different projects with James. Not only is he an astoundingly talented guitarist, but also an excellent keyboard player, string arranger, drum programmer and producer. He possesses an exceptional ear for melody and has a natural ability of getting the best out of artists by helping create a relaxed and fun atmosphere in sessions. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending James for any artist or project as his vast musical knowledge and ability allows him to cover nearly every genre of music.
I’m a professional musician, songwriter and recording artist and I greatly respect James work both as a musician and composer. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with him once in the past and it was a real pleasure. I truly hope we are able to make music together again in the near future.
I am a guitar student of James and have been for several years. James is a master guitarist who's passion and knowlege of music is only exceeded by his positivity and outlook on life. His ability to break down musical concepts and capture the feeling or essence of songs in a variety of different genres is just a part of what makes him a great teacher and musician. I am constantly inspired by his playing and would highly recommend him.