In his final year of high school in Hamilton, Ontario, James Alphonse received a diagnosis for a chronic illness that he thought would end his ability to perform. He disengaged from a lot of the activities that gave him pleasure until the community from his university and music scene encouraged him to return. Their kind efforts to help him return have inspired him to make and perform music to foster those same community values that brought him back to songwriting.
Departing from previous rock, folk, and jazz projects, James immersed himself in sounds more reminiscent of Pop/R&B, although soul and rock remain inspirations. After a 3-year writing hiatus, James has released his new song, “What Are We Doing Here”, with 80s video game synths, punchy chord progressions, and catchy guitar riffs.
With contemporary pop attentions with boy-band classics, the r&b/rock vibes live in the folds of the illuminating vocals.
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Excited to release music that I feel represents the amazing community of musicians that have helped me to grow from the Hamilton and Greater Hamilton Area. People like Nick Blagona @toneblag , Mike Northcott, Steve Parton (@luteplayer), @nathanfleet, Mark Daum, @casbahgram (Brodie), @this_aint_hollywood, The Hamilton Music Awards, @judymarsales of @judymarsalesrealestate, Jordan Freeman, @ric.taylor2004, George Panagopoulos of @radiofreeuniverse @russellmaryjane, Mackenzie Meyer @divebar_diva, @jman8297, @patrickbrown09, @robdouglasbrown, @andrekadenblack, Darren M. @magiwally and so many more have either given me an outlet to practice music or directly taught me things that have helped me grow as a musician and to feel incredibly proud of what I'm about to release. Thanks SOOO much!! Including today, only 2 days left of waiting :)! Click the link in my bio to have it directly added to your library when it's out. Photography: @paul_iacoviello #hamiltonartist #hamiltonmusicscene #hamont #personaldevelopment #communitylove #community #supportingeachother #supportlocal #hardworkpaysoffs #withalittlehelpfrommyfriends #indiemusic #indieartist #newmusiccomingsoon #thankful #thankyou