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New Artist of the Week: Lindsay James

February 1, 2023 12:00 pm GMT

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We love it when a song jumps out of the speakers at us and whacks us hard over the head. When we get sucker punched by a song, and all we can do is soak it all in as we sit slumped against the office wall with cartoon bluebirds flying around our heads. Every song Lindsay James puts out is one of those songs.

‘I Can’t Unlove You’ traces the quiet work of piecing yourself back together after a break-up with a powerful emotional honesty and a musicality that owes as much to Christina Aguilera as it does Carrie Underwood. The twinkly poppiness of songs like ‘So Do I’ and ‘Time for You’ are filled with a 90s frothiness that feels freer and more fun, carried along by Lindsay James undeniable voice.

These are delightful, effortlessly digestible, of-the-moment pop country songs. Her version of ERNEST’s ‘Flower Shops’ proves she’s a singer who is equally at ease with a stark country confessional as she is with a hands-in-the-air bachelorette party anthem.

Influenced by artists as eclectic as Sheryl Crow, Lauryn Hill, George Strait, Stevie Wonder and Selena, Lindsay James blows onto the pop country stage with a refreshing breeziness and an infectious energy that will have you rolling the windows down and waving your arms out of the sunroof. Switching between girl-next-door pop country and an imperious Las Vegas diva, Lindsay James is going to be the sound of this summer!

Bustling with song writes, live performances and fashion projects on the horizon, Lindsay James is set to release her next singles in the spring followed by her latest EP release this summer. We caught up with our new favourite pop country diva to find out a little bit more about what makes her tick.

Where are you from and how did that influence you?

I am from south Houston, a town called League City, Texas. My family is 16th generation Texan. League City is about 30 minutes from Galveston Beach. There is a large hispanic influence and I am half Mexican so my family kind of blended in. My favourite thing to do growing up was going down to Galveston to skimboard on the beach. I have always loved being near water.

What did you grow up listening to?

My parents' musical choices had a big impact early on. Mom would listen to Amy Grant and Gloria Estefan while my dad was listening to the Eagles and George Strait.

How would you describe your sound?

My sound has been described as coastal, country, RnB.

Where’s the most unexpected place music has taken you?

Music has been the number one driver in my personal growth. Music, for me, is a feeling and a flow. This pursuit can be one of isolation and patience, but every time I perform it reminds me that this is my favourite thing in the world to do.

What inspires you?

I would say the little things tend to inspire me most. I draw most of my musical ideas from real life situations.

What’s your favourite song of yours?

My favourite released song is ‘I Can't Unlove You’, but the new songs coming out will give that a run for its money.

And what’s your favourite songs of someone else’s?

‘Without You’ by Mariah Carey

If you could time travel back to any time when would you travel back to?

I would travel back to the early 90s. Such a simpler time back then before the internet and smart phones. The style and fashion from this era is also one of my favourites.

Which person from history would you most like to meet?

Michael Jackson.

What would be your Spice Girls style nickname?

My girlfriends and I actually dressed up as the Spice Girls last Halloween. I was chosen to dress as Sporty Spice because it best represented the tomboy in me. Turned out I already owned all the pieces to create the look.

What advice would you give to the younger you?

I would tell myself that the battlefield happens in the mind. Comparison is the thief of joy. The only way to accomplish your dreams is to put your head down and get moving.

What’s next for you?

I am set to release my new singles late spring followed by my EP release this summer. You can catch some live performances around Nashville with upcoming performances February 1st at the Basement and March 4th at the Five Spot.

Written by Jof Owen
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