James Colah is from London, England and is an accomplished keyboards player, producer, arranger, composer, session man and International Songwriter Award winner with an impressive resumé in the music industry.
He began his music studies at the age of four with a classical training which progressed to a dynamic and creative flare for composition and performance, much of which is undertaken at his own south London studios.
He has composed, performed, recorded and produced music for more than 300 artists of various genres with the philosophy, “As long as you have a germ of a melody which you can hum, I can develop it into something which is sure to please.”
His achievements and experience span many diverse areas of the music business including being signed to CBS ( Sony / BMG Records ) with his two identical triplet brothers at an early age, resulting in a European tour. He has also toured with many other high profile acts including supporting, ‘Tears For Fears’ in America and Canada and the classic soul band, ‘The Foundations’ throughout Europe.
James co-wrote and performed the title music for the BBC’s, ‘Terry Wogan’s Friday Night Show’ and was featured in the prestigious, ‘ Keyboard Player ‘ magazine.
He has also worked for production companies in the media and national corporations including other projects for the BBC in the UK.
In an over three decade career to date, he has worked as a musical director or session man with a range of high profile international artists which include : Edwin Starr, Ballet Rambert Dance Company, Virgin Records, Sheena Easton, Haysi Fantaysi, Pendragon and EMI.
James continues to maintain his standard of excellence by developing as a musician/composer/producer and has recently steered his talents into the genre of ‘ Smooth Jazz ‘.
He’s currently working on his first solo smooth jazz album release under the name of ‘The James Colah Project’ and to date has released nine highly successful singles:
Take Me Higher – The James Colah Project
Come with me – The James Colah Project
To be with you – The James Colah Project
Touched by the light – The James Colah Project
Better Days – The James Colah Project
Ocean Tide – The Parlett-Colah Project
Moment in Time – The Parlett-Colah Project
Blissful – The Parlett-Colah Project
Luna Stars – The Bobi-Colah Project
His smooth jazz music has enjoyed rave reviews and is on the playlists of over 100 international radio stations around the world including Jimi King’s Sky.fm Show and JazzNet247.com. He has been a featured artist on many radio stations and websites around the world resulting in him doing radio interviews jingle production and voice-over id’s.
In April 2012, James was invited to perform as a special guest at Spaghettini’s, Seal Beach, CA, USA.
James was honoured by winning the 2011 Coffee Talk Jazz Radio – International Songwriter Award
Take Me Higher – The James Colah Project, reached #1 in the cdbaby Smooth Jazz Chart – #1 in the Jazz Funk Chart – #1 in the Jazz Chart
Luna Stars – The Bobi-Colah Project, reached #1 in the cdbaby Contemporary Jazz Chart and #1 in the cdbaby Ambient Chart
Come with me – The James Colah Project, reached #1 in the cdbaby Lounge Chart – #2 in the cdbaby Smooth Jazz Chart – #4 in the cdbaby Instrumental Chart and #7 in the cdbaby Jazz Chart
Ocean Tide from The Parlett-Colah Project has made history for being the only song on the KJAZZ Radio UK ‘Top 10’ to have remained on the listener voted chart for over 6 months of which 6 weeks were at #1. Ocean Tide is a global hit as voted by the KJAZZ Radio UK global audience.