James Wesley keeps it 'Real' (Updated January 9, 2013)
A popular saying goes, "There's no second chance to make a first impression." Just don't tell that to James Wesley, who made more of a ripple than a splash in 1999 as an artist through Warner Bros. Ten years passed before he signed with his current home, Broken Bow Records, and finally had another single ship to country radio. In a genre where persistence is often the key to success, he's a shining example to the industry.
Born in a small town in Kansas, Wesley began singing in church while in college. His initial record deal was under his given name of James Wesley Prosser, as was his debut album, "Life Goes On." And life did indeed go on for young James, who languished in small clubs and other venues while juggling various blue collar jobs. But he returned to Nashville in 2006, and signed with Broken Bow by 2009.
Wesley's first single for his new label was "Jackson Hole," on December 7, 2009. It debuted at number 54 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, but couldn't break the top 40. The following year, he charted again with the song "Real," which peaked at No. 22 on the charts, received substantial radio play and won the praise of critics as "instantly relatable" to listeners. The song's hook compared popular reality show titles with situations like foreclosures, droughts and a soldier's funeral.
Wesley's last two singles, "Didn't I" and "Walking Contradiction," are slated to be included on an upcoming album. Wesley recently toured with fellow Broken Bow recording artist Jason Aldean as part of his "Night Train" tour.
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