James Waterman is a promising composer/songwriter/alternative music artist I discovered two months ago with three songs from his debut album, Smiling, released in 2020. For those who haven’t heard about the artist before, James Waterman started his career with this EP; Smiling (2020). Since then, he released one more single, Side By Side (2020). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
James Waterman is an experienced musician, a percussionist, composer, and songwriter from Los Angeles. I immediately felt that he was an advanced musician when I listened to his music for the first time. I don’t think people who don’t have enough knowledge and experience can write music at this level. Smiling album in this way is a good step forward, an introduction to his professional career. Songs usually have easy listening structures, the general vibe is positive, and mostly making the difference with its instrumentation and understanding of music. From time to time, James’ music has reminded me of old school stuff from Queen, whereas modern influences such as Jeremy Messersmith at the same time.
As you might also remember from some of my previous articles, we usually have certain expectations from upcoming artists. James Waterman, in this way, for me, is somewhere in the middle. He has an easy listening beautiful compositions here on this album for sure. And I really think that this music style has a big audience. On the other side of the medallion, I’d lie if I say the personality/character in his music is strong enough to take him forward in his career. I am afraid it is not recognizable enough and doesn’t carry his signature at all.