Bolton-born singer-songwriter James Holt is set to release his latest single, “Butterfly”, with a launch party at Gullivers, Manchester on the 16th July and all proceeds going to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. With two supporting acts, Horwich-based James’ style is a unique blend of folk and alternative rock that has received attention and praise from music industry giants and the listening public alike.
James’ ‘Whatever Happened to John?’ was chosen by world-renowned producer Brian Eno described the track as “brisk, funny, exciting with great drumming. This track feels fresh and exciting to listen to.” James is particularly proud to have recorded and produced the song himself. Eno chose the song via the NOISE Festival 2014.
Music has been with James from a very early age, before he classically trained as a pianist aged 6, a guitarist aged 9 and a cellist since the age of 12. He went on to graduate from the University of Salford with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Music, majoring in composition and arrangement and is now studying for a MA in Music Composition at Salford University. He was also awarded the Derek Scott Composition Award at his graduation ceremony.
James has a love of composing and arranging and a desire to write lyrical songs in many styles. He records, writes and produces all his own music and is inspired by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Tame Impala, Radiohead, Miles Davies and Bill Evans. His songs have recently had air play on BBC Radio Manchester ‘Introducing’ (also going in for a live session) and BBC Lancashire ‘Introducing’, Mike Sweeney’s Radio Manchester show, BBC Radio 6, FAB Radio International, All FM, student radio, local radio and has also been featured on ‘Fresh On the Net’. He has been featured twice on ‘Never Enough Notes’ and has been spotlighted in the Unsigned Guide and the Manchester Evening News.
James performs regularly at venues and festivals in towns and cities accross the UK including Manchester, Liverpool, Leicestershire and Bolton, and he is keen to expand and experiment further musically and is back in the studio writing and recording.
You can now listen and purchase the charity single on Bandcamp for £1 athttp://bit.ly/1sc7fXZ and keep up to date on Facebook:facebook.com/jamesholtmusic or his website jamesholtmusic.com
More details on the launch night can be found here- https://www.facebook.com/events/1715150022067799/