Meet James McCartney, son of a superstar (Created August 2, 2013)
Don't tell James McCartney he has big shoes to fill. The British singer-songwriter and the only son of legendary former Beatle Paul McCartney is blazing his own path through the music industry.
Following his international breakthrough in 2012, one could say that 2013 has been exhilarating for James. Following the release of two digital-only EPs ("Available Light" and "Close at Hand"), as well as his first physical release ("The Complete EP Collection"), he's finally debuted his first full-length album. It came on May 21, 2013, and was simply titled "Me."
Of course, "Me," is not something that was previously worked into the spotlight for the younger McCartney. He played guitar and drums on some of his father's solo albums, including "Flaming Pie" in 1997 and "Driving Rain" in 2001. He also co-wrote the songs "Spinning On An Axis" and "Back in the Sunshine Again" with his dad, and played percussion on the former and guitar on the latter. Still, James yearned for his own spotlight and to be his own artist.
James McCartney calls his first album "intimate, deeply personal, and honest. An album that would say, 'This is who I am…both musically and personally." And fans are getting an up-close look, as the tour to accompany the release began April 6 and will visit 47 cities coast to coast in the United States. Most are booked as solo acoustic shows in small venues, with James accompanying himself on guitar and piano.
Perhaps the greatest compliment James has gotten along the way came from the NY Daily News when it said, "[He] has clearly forged a winning sound of his own." And any comparisons to dad? Welcome, but completely unnecessary.
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