Whether he's touring with luminaries like Aretha Franklin and Van Morrison or headlining shows with his talented sextet, acclaimed British soul singer and bandleader James Hunter is an electrifying performer known for his powerful pipes and on-stage energy. At his live performances with The James Hunter Six he lights up the stage, tearing through original material and red-hot soul covers with a fiery intensity that makes the old feel new. His R&B-influenced brand of vintage soul is perfectly complemented by his talented bandmates, who add sax, drums, keyboard, and double bass to the mix with razor-sharp precision. Whether they're channeling soul classics or grooving through cuts from 2013's Minute by Minute, The James Hunter Six always wow ticket buyers with their undeniable chemistry and phenomenal musical chops.
Essex-born James Hunter grew up listening to his grandmother's '50s rock and soul records and plucking out tunes with his guitarist brother. By his mid-'20s he was playing gigs around the country, and in the early '90s he was spotted by Van Morrison, who enlisted him as a backing singer on several tours and albums. Morrison described Hunter as "one of the best voices and best kept secrets in British R&B and soul", and by the early '00s Hunter was enjoying a solo career of his own while at the same time acting as bandleader for Howlin' Wilf & The Veejays. He signed a deal with GO Records/Rounder and in 2006 released the album People Gonna Talk, a critically acclaimed collection that earned him a Grammy nod for Best Traditional Blues Album. His 2008 follow-up The Hard Way was equally well-received, peaking at No. 1 on the US blues chart and getting a glowing review from Rolling Stone, which called the album "unbelievably awesome". Since then he has continued to set the groove with The James Hunter Six, transporting fans around the world with rollicking performances of vintage soul and blues.