Portland, Oregon based-singer Lovey James first took the stage as a competitive dancer. She started signing because her dance teacher had been on Broadway, and she was working her way into becoming a triple threat – a dancer, singer and actor – but somewhere along that path singing really took hold.
James shared, “I was in the Portland version of American Idol, called Teen Idol, and through that I met producer who was a judge in the competition. So that was my opening, and it’s been a journey since then.”
Since she had started with her eye on Broadway, her style had to shift. “I really didn’t sing pop music until I started performing at contests, “ she explained. “After Portland Idol I recorded my first single ‘Right Now.’”
And if shifting from Broadway to pop was a change for her, taking it from the stage to the recording studio was a whole other level. “It’s really different. I was used to covers, but my producers in Portland know how to make me sound good,” she laughed.
Right now, she’s working on an EP, due to be released this summer, but in the meantime she’s got singles coming out and lots of touring. “March is my busiest this year,” and that includes a show in Florida that’s the “biggest venue I’ll ever have played.” It’s also some of her first experiences playing with a band. For James, performances are all about “connecting with an audience.”
“It’s important to be yourself and not let anyone change you. If you stand up for yourself and your values, people will support you for it.”
Check out tracks from her single releases and upcoming EP below, and find out where to catch one of her shows on her website.
“Who You Are”
“Nothing Can Stop Me”