About Leif James
“Leif James has the kind of voice that drives an audience to chain-smoke and binge on coffee. It is smoky, deep, raspy, and soulful, and has that roughness that brings to mind the most compelling blues legends. “ Matt Wice, MUSE Magazine (9/05) Ithaca, New York
Leif James: Recording Artist Leif James’ soul captivating Americana Rock style is an experience in sublime styling and passionate compositions. His intense and powerful live shows serve to showcase his natural talents as a gifted songwriter, vocalist, and performer.
With a memorable voice and sincere lyrics, Leif James creates original music without sounding recycled. He opts to sing and play from his heart, as he feels "there is nothing more enlightening or satisfying than sharing your soul with an audience".
Hailing from New York, Leif embarked on an nine-year trek across the United States at the young age of 14. During this time of turmoil and adventure, James picked up a guitar and began to explore his own creativity in an effort to survive, Busking city streets across America and later moving into the venue scene with a variety of other players.
Leif James has shared East Coast stages with Michael Glabicki from Rusted Root, and famed bluesman Curtis Crawford and on West Coast Stages with the likes of the legendary Surf gutarist Dick Dale and Dave Matthews cohort, Tim Reynolds and countless friends along the way. He is now a prominent force in the vibrant new music scene of Central Oregon’s hottest hot spot, Bend,OR and is relocating to the wondrous city of Portland, OR in 2011.