San Francisco, CA
“The heartwarming, genuine debut of a gifted singer/songwriter”
What is not to love about a musician with a taste for strutting funk-rock riffs and distinctive, New Orleans-driven rhythms ala the Meters and Sly and the Family Stone? An up-and-coming artist James Nagel is full of soul power and revels in the newfound opportunity to express himself through the vibrancy of song. The disc’s title track, “Soul Company,” immediately immerses listeners of all generations in smooth, jazzy melodies.
Through inimitable warmth, Nagel and his self-proclaimed “million dollar smile” welcome his audience into the realm of witty wordplay similar to that of Jason Mraz’s debut Waiting for My Rocket to Come and the multifaceted sounds of Hazy Malaze. Even the heartfelt “Baby Just Come on Back” is thoughtfully written, but done with a melodious swagger, while “Watching from an Airplane” was recently awarded second place in the International Great American Song Contest. One listen to Soul Company and it is evident that Nagel is influenced by the greats of old school and the music of today, seeking a balance between the two.
A talented singer-songwriter, enthusiasm and ingenuity shine throughout Nagel’s work and serve as evidence of a career that is certain to become very rewarding. (Soundbathe Music)
Recorded at the Boom Factory, Bay Area, CA
Mixed and Mastered by Matt Lands at IndaMix Productions, Inc.
Written, Arranged, and Produced by James Nagel