About James Walsh
James Milne Walsh is an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and frontman of the band Starsailor. Walsh released his first solo studio album, Lullaby, in 2012. He released his fourth and fifth albums, both in 2021. Including his work with Starsailor, he has sold over three million albums globally.
Born in Wigan, Walsh grew up in Chorley where he attended St Michael's CE School. He started playing the piano at the age of 12, and by the time he was 14 he wrote his own songs; he enjoyed listening to artists like the Charlatans, Oasis, and Jeff Buckley.
A shy and lonely personality, he looked for artists that had, or have, an influence on the musicians of his generation.
Eventually he was attracted to artists and bands such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, and the Beatles. In a 2009 online Q&A, he named the Beatles' Revolver as his "greatest album, ever". He added: "You could pick any album , really. Anyone who thinks they are not the best band ever is just being contrary." Walsh was so impressed by the music of Tim Buckley that he decided to name his own band after the title of Buckley's 1970 album Starsailor. He met fellow band members, James Stelfox and Ben Byrne, when he studied music at the Leigh campus of Wigan and Leigh College in Wigan.
Starsailor members Ben Byrne and James Stelfox had played together in bands in Warrington. One day, when their vocalist did not turn up, Walsh asked them if he could sit in with them and sing for this rehearsal. This was the first incarnation of Starsailor as a band. Walsh decided to play the guitars for the band after the "frustration over not finding a musician right for the group".
In 2009, he started recording his first solo album, working with American songwriter and singer Suzanne Vega. His first solo EP, Live at the Top of the World was recorded in Tromsø with a chamber orchestra from Norway, and was released in November 2010. He has also contributed to a mini-album Robotic Heart Foundation by Nikolaj Torp Larsson and Andreas Olson, after he met them at a studio when working on a film. Larsson and Olson have continued to work with Walsh on his debut album, which is expected to be released in 2011.
In 2010 Walsh has worked together with Belgian band Andes on the song "één dag meer" .
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