James Van Cooper is a charismatic young man who creates music that conceals deep wounds, referencing a time when he relinquished power to his demons. James now liberated, rejoices in lifes rich pageantry.
Wrong turns are fertile ground for story telling and James Van Cooper harnesses that past darkness telling tales of misfortune and redemption. James music as well as being rooted in melancholy is also loaded with a new found optimism and gentleness that's disarmingly incendiary and subversive. At the tender age of 19 James made a journey to the Australian Country Music heartland of Tamworth and had chance meeting with the legendary Bill Chambers. James shared a story and a laugh will Bill and discovered they we kindred spirits.
James found a mentor in Bill and although at first glance they may have seemed from different planets their worlds had collided. Bill recognized talent and set about developing James songwriting craftsmanship, Bill also fine tuned James' remarkable yet raw guitar playing. James an eager student absorbed Bills sage advise and was exposed to different artistic influences.James gravitated towards new sounds especially The Alt Americana stylings of Justin Townes Earle and former “Drive By Trucker” Jason Isbell. The seemingly incomprehensible event of
the aligning of James and Bill soon began bearing musical fruit and the two collaborated on James debut EP with Bill producing and playing on James' 6 track solo recording "Highrise Skyline".
Since the beginning of 2017 James has performed over 100 shows all around Australia as well as touring Europe supporting Bill.
In a world often starved of originality James is breathing a fresh take on Americana songwriting, all brought together by his starkly truthful and personal lyrics.
Take a listen to James Van Cooper.