Chris James is a Los Angeles based recording engineer, musician, songwriter, producer and a 2017 “Best Engineered Album” Grammy Nominee for his work with Prince on HITNRUN:Phase 2. The Memphis-born musician moved to East Tennessee at age of ten where he honed his chops before going to college in Murfreesboro to attend MTSU for both music and recording arts.
As a founding member and keyboardist of the alternative-rock band, sElf, Chris James recorded and toured in support of several albums before the band signed to Dreamworks and moved to Los Angeles. There he opened the SSL console based recording studio, The Archive. Apart from his work as a multi-instrumentalist, Chris James has also produced, recorded and/or mixed material for many artists including Luther Vandross, Ne-yo, Van Hunt, Paramore, Miguel, Frank Ocean, and Kings of Leon.
In 2012 Prince flew Chris James to Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen to record and mix countless productions including the Warner Bros. released albums, ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM — along with many unreleased songs in the legendary vault. A personal career highlight was when Prince invited Chris James to play guitar on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live with his band. In 2013 Chris James toured as a live mixing engineer for Prince while he and his 21 piece band did his one and only show at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. The critically praised set lasted until 3 A.M. in the morning. Left with a lifetime of memories, Prince will forever have an impact and a continued inspiration on Chris James’ life and his career.
Most recently Chris James is producing and hosting a pilot for a non-scripted documentary-style reality show centered around his life. Each episode will demonstrate Chris James’ ability to take a less than optimal situation mixed with a little inspiration and out churns a redemptive song showcasing his studio skills as he steps from behind the mixer console and steps in front of the mic.