James Holt is bound for success for two reasons: firstly, he happens to come from a city where it’s in the genes to become successful, look at classic and new bands based in Manchester such as The Smiths, Courteeners, Oasis for that. Secondly, youth is on his side – he’s only in his 20s, yet his voice encompasses so much character and depth, that you’d think he’d have been around for several more decades than his tender years suggest; he was born with an old soul, and the natural bluesy country twang is present in his voice.He already has all the makings of a star, but James has left nothing to chance and embarked on a path many hard working, talented bands have also explored – he took the time to upload music to his local BBC Introducing station, and this has snowballed to his music being played on numerous stations. One of the highest accolades any singer aims to achieve, perhaps even more so than chart position, is a play on a BBC Radio Station which receives millions of listeners every day. James has had his music aired on BBC Radio 2. If a play on Radio 2 doesn’t suggest he has one of the greatest potentials out of all the people who submit their work onto BBC Introducing, he has been showered with compliments from respected DJs – Tom Robinson from BBC Radio 6Music knows when an act is unique enough to carve their own niche, describing James as a ‘talented and versatile songwriter’.

He already has all the makings of a star, but James has left nothing to chance and embarked on a path many hard working, talented bands have also explored – he took the time to upload music to his local BBC Introducing station, and this has snowballed to his music being played on numerous stations. One of the highest accolades any singer aims to achieve, perhaps even more so than chart position, is a play on a BBC Radio Station which receives millions of listeners every day. James has had his music aired on BBC Radio 2. If a play on Radio 2 doesn’t suggest he has one of the greatest potentials out of all the people who submit their work onto BBC Introducing, he has been showered with compliments from respected DJs – Tom Robinson from BBC Radio 6Music knows when an act is unique enough to carve their own niche, describing James as a ‘talented and versatile songwriter’.


The singer is releasing his next single, given the thought provoking title ‘Whatever Happened to John?’. I initially thought the track was perhaps based on legendary Beatles star John Lennon, and I was right – Holt has stated about the track that “the inspiration came from a Sky Arts TV programme set in an alternate reality in which John Lennon walked out of the Beatles before their fame in the mid-60s”. James is a one-man band – all the music you hear is performed by him, from energetic feisty drumming producing the rock n roll base of the track to the howling harmonica excerpts, one of my all time favourite instruments. James’ vocals are gritty, rich, and unique – whilst he echoes the vibe of the original 50s country and rock n roll stars – even the track beat sounds strongly like the one found in ‘Get Rhythm’ by the great Johnny Cash – there’s also undeniable similarities to Jake Bugg, and we all know how well he has done over the past five years.

‘Whatever Happened to John?’ is due to be released and available to listen on Spotify from the 7th July – in the meantime, you can follow James Holt’s next exciting career moves on his Facebook page.

All images are from Brant Adam Photography.

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