James Howard is an award-winning multi-genre singer/songwriter/guitarist based in Seattle, Washington. James performs regularly as an acoustic/singer/songwriter solo artist, with a trio blues band and as band leader for larger ensembles including keyboards, harmonica and backing vocalists billed as “The James Howard Band.” He teaches guitar at the Seattle Drum school of Music, works as a studio guitarist and sideman backing other artists and serves as lead guitarist in the Center For Spiritual Living Seattle’s house band. His musical taste spans blues, rock, jazz, Latin, pop, funk, r&b, World and acoustic fingerstyle. He grew up playing house parties with legendary Metallica bassist, Cliff Burton and has opened for artists including Robin Trower, John Waite, UFO, and Greg Kihn. In 2011, Howard played with drummer, Dave Weckl & bassist, Melvin Lee Davis in Bigfork, Montana as the winner of the blues category in the Yamaha “Six String Theory” global guitar competition. James has released three CD’s on private label “Laughing Man Records”. He has been described as a “guitarist extraordinaire” by Bernard Bauer of Music Connection Magazine.


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