ABOUT James Lanman
James Lanman is a neo-soul singer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. After years of performing with various musical projects from London to Los Angeles, Lanman decided to go nomadic, embarking on an ambitious solo tour while living out of a converted van. The 100 Days Tour entailed Lanman playing 117 acoustic concerts across the United States and Canada throughout 2017 in the living rooms, backyards and rooftops of his biggest fans.
Lanman’s vocal style has been compared to that of Sam Smith and Michael Bublé. With a decidedly retro-inspired sound, his original songwriting echoes the sentimentality of the Motown era but manages to stay untethered to a specific place and time. With a considerable vocal range, Lanman traverses the sonic landscape between The Great American Songbook, 90’s RnB and the music of the Motown era.
In his ten-year career Lanman has toured internationally, playing festivals from CMJ to SXSW. He has performed with The Seattle Rock Orchestra in the famed Moore Theater and starred in an internationally televised Scandinavian insurance commercial performing a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing.” This past year, Lanman also spoke at TedX Fargo about his journey and debuted a brand new song to 2,000 people. Lanman produced his debut EP in the same Brooklyn studio frequented by the likes of Skrillex, Jhené Aiko, Joey Bada$$ and Kid Cudi, whose career-defining single, “Day ‘n’ Nite” was recorded there in 2009.
Seattle Music Insider wrote a piece on how Lanman ended up living on the road and touring full time. Read it here: Action Over Perfection, The James Lanman Way