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Interview on 3/12/17
TIM JAMES, an Award-Winning Songwriter, Artist, Performer and Keynote Speaker; At an age when most people have either had success in the music business or moved on from it, James burst onto the scene at 40-years old with the 2002 most played song of the year, “My List” by Toby Keith.
James penned “Love Like Crazy” by Lee Brice, which was nominated for Academy of Country Music Song of the Year in 2010, “All I Ask for Anymore,” by Trace Adkins, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for Song of the Year, and George Strait’s 60th number one song, “Give It All We Got Tonight.”
In 2015, James, Darius Rucker and Rivers Rutherford wrote 2 songs, “So I Sang” and the title track “Southern Style” for the #1 album “Southern Style” by Darius. James has had songs recorded by Alabama, Lee Ann Womack, Montgomery Gentry and more than 40 other major recording artists. Known for his heartfelt lyrics and attention to detail, James continues to write song after song after song, believing his best is yet to come.
With determination unmatched, and a passion for great songs, James continues to make the dream a reality; He’s earned 2 American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Awards, as well as 4 Broadcast Music Inc. Awards for having one of the Top 40 Most Played Songs of the Year! He’s taught at the Nebraska Radio Songwriters Class, the Los Angeles branch of the Nashville Songwriters Association, and performed for the Omni Hotel Corporate Convention, the Pennsylvania Broadcasters Association, the Young Presidents Association, and many other events nationwide.
Focusing on listening to the song inside your head instead of the voice inside your head, the picture of resilience and determination, James weaves colorful stories, comedy, and inspirational real-life moments into a presentation that moves people to find what they love to do, and then love like crazy.
“I believe in chasing the dream” says James. “When I quit my day job, people told me I shouldn’t quit my day job” he says.