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ARTIST ON THE WATCH: NATHANIEL W. JAMES

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

Nathaniel, tell us some more about how you got started in music.

I technically started out in music when I was about 3 years old and my father would take me from church to church and play hymns as a special selection.


I stopped and didn’t pick it up again until I was in high school.

I would track beats by recording the instrumental sections of songs back and forth between two boomboxes until I had a long enough loop for my friends to record on top of.

I was in the school band so I spent all my time in the band room playing the instruments and showing other students my recorded music.


Throughout my teens I was playing my piano everyday after school and playing for church services and concerts on the weekend.


There was no clubbing or house parties for me coming up as a Seventh-day Adventist.


In my early 20’s, I started playing for industry artists and by the time I was in my mid 20’s I was sharing the stage with world renowned artists like The Weeknd, Keshia Chante, Omarion, and countless others.

More recently, I’ve worked with Kelela, Kaya Stewart, and I’m currently the band leader for Queen Naija.