James Howard is a guitarist’s guitarist, and a talented vocalist and songwriter. He is also quite the animated and captivating performer. Whether it’s a small and intimate gathering, or an audience of thousands, James puts all of his talent and passion into his performances. He is mostly known for his stellar electric blues rock guitar style and his acoustic singer/songwriter solo performances.
Originally from California, he moved to the Seattle area in 2001. He has won some awards including 2012 “Best Blues Guitarist” in Lee Ritenour and Yamaha’s “Six String Theory Global Guitar Competition“. In 2016, the James Howard Band was selected to represent the WA Blues Society in Memphis for the International Blues Competition. In 1996, James was a runner up finalist in Guitar Player Magazine’s “Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Contest”, performing for Jimi’s dad in San Francisco at the contest finals. James loves to play the guitar, whether it’s at a jam, with a group or solo gig.
James started learning classical guitar at the age of 12. After getting an electric guitar at age 13, he began devoting his life to the instrument, both as performer and as a guitar teacher, displaying a knack for teaching others how to play.
He has released five CD’s of music with a wide range of styles and sounds, from original compositions to highly individualized renditions of obscure songs by others, along with some recognizable covers.
He has opened concerts for Robin Trower, John Waite, and UFO, played flamenco guitar at Benaroya Hall in Seattle backed by a 25 piece orchestra. He even had a brief stint playing with country singer Tayla Lynn, Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter.
Today he has a full schedule of rehearsing and performing with his own band as well as sideman work with other artists, studio work in the recording studios of Seattle WA, and teaching one-on-one guitar lessons and group classes.
He is looking forward to the up-coming concert “An Evening with James Howard” at the Columbia City Theater April 4, 2020 in Seattle WA.
James Howard was born in Oakland CA June 13, 1963. He also has a passion for and a self-taught education in socio-spiritual work, teaching classes and doing readings on Numerology, Astrology, Human Design and Tarot.