Release: January 1, 2009 Label: Self Released Tracks: 14
A New Age solo pianist from Los Angeles, James Cahall offers soothing melodies for the mind, body, and soul. The triumphs and tribulations of early adulthood inspired his debut album, The Day Before Tomorrow, a collection of songs that surfaces our most poignant emotions. With local street performances and a growing online fan base, James shares his music to bring forward hope and optimism from deep within the collective spirit.
With the gift of a garage-sale organ at age 5, James began his lifelong musical journey. The son of a disabled mother and her care provider-turned companion, his financially meager childhood was blessed by a supportive and spiritually rich home in Ukiah, CA. “Though my family had to make difficult choices, they never sacrificed my musical education.” James’ music is greatly influenced by his early mentors and New Age artists Thomas Ganoung and Spencer Brewer as well as the Classical greats Frederic Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninoff. “I found my voice through exploring the beauty and sorrow of their timeless music and its impact on my life.”
James now enjoys surfing & disc golf, communing with nature in a way that feeds his creative impulses. Alongside a challenging yet rewarding career in Aerospace Engineering, he devotes his free time to his true passion of creating music. “Composing allows me to break free of the worries of tomorrow, and focus on the present moment.”
His debut album, The Day Before Tomorrow, tells a story of love, confusion, and hope and has been compared to albums by New Age pianists Jim Brickman and George Winston. Through broken 10th chord progressions, the album’s opening song, “Superhero in the Musicbox,” conveys the universal dream of a child to make his mark on the world. In “Days Gone By,” the listener is taken on a modal journey through regrets of past transgressions and the joy that comes with moving on. A tender tribute to his wife, “The View From Here,” romantically evokes memories of the bliss of new love.
James performs at 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA. and plans to play in small local venues and events. His emotional collection of soul-seeking melodies serves as a foundation for his future works. Ultimately, he wants his music to be a source of strength for his audience.
“Live each day as if it were your last. Cherish each moment as if it were for the first time.”