About

James Radcliffe is an independent musician, writer, and spoken word artist, who has been creating original work and performing it live since he was 7 years old.

His blog is read in 170+ countries, his releases have enjoyed the #1 spot on Bandcamp, and he has (without any mainstream media exposure) amassed over 120’000+ followers across social media platforms.

At the beginning of 2018 James took all of his music down from the internet and burned it.

He is now hard at work on several secret projects which will be coming to fruition very soon.  If you’d like to be the first to hear about them sign up to the mailing list.

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  1. James, I write spiritual-romantic poems, some say I write beautiful lyrics, most of the time written for my God, my wife and others. I just laid down 15 tracks to music that my stepbrother who is a musician wrote specifically for some of my poems. We are hoping to share a few tracks on you-tube and sound cloud to see what people think. The first album has 23 poems spaced over the 15 tracks His music, my spoken words, those who have heard some of the track say it is different and refreshing. But I wish you well with your project also. I am an avid music lover from a to z, all types, all sounds, my heart has always understood and felt the sounds! God bless!

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    1. That is really good to hear.
      More power to you and your work. You are very lucky, as the reward definitely lies in the doing of these things.
      I am very glad to connect with you,
      always be well,
      – J

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        1. I will do my best, but, to be honest, I think I will probably miss it, as every spare second is going into the album.
          Really good luck with the open mic – don’t try and be perfect, the first time you do it, if you find yourself standing onstage, then you’ve won ;-)
          Let me know how it goes, and if I can help after the 31st, just hit me up.
          – J

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    1. I was born in the south of England, tho I don’t really have the accent, and I live in Edinburgh, Scotland.
      I’ve never really felt like I was from anywhere in particular. The whole nationalism thing seems weird to me. Citizens of the Planet and all that…
      How about you?
      – J x

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      1. Wow. That is so weird because after perusing through your blog I pictured you with an Australian or Scottish accent. Yea I’m odd. Not that I’m saying you have an accent but if you do then I hope you’re not offended.

        I’m born and raised in New York.

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          1. Idk why. Maybe it’s just my obsession with Russell Crowe (don’t judge me). Maybe if I listen to your music when I fix my lap top (in a million years from now unfortunately) I will get a clearer take on your accent. For now I’ll keep dreaming, as I always do ;)

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            1. You’re obsessed with RC? No judgement here – I was blown away by Gladiator when I first saw it. ;-) I remember loving the movie and the music as much as one another. It’s one of my favourite soundtracks.
              What are you dreaming of at the moment?
              – J x

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              1. Well now that you mentioned Gladiator I’m dreaming of Maximus in the scene where he basically tells the emperors daughter to fuck off. ;) Its his voice that gets to me I think. That and the beard ;)

                The music is probably in the top five (no its definitely my fav) of my favorite along with the soundtrack from the last samurai (which now I have to watch since I thought of it).

                I dream too much throughout the day. Right now? I’m dreaming of a place far away from where I am. Its tranquil and calm and smells like earth and sweet sunsets. Its warm and friendly and there my friend is where the dream always expands.

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          1. I read. I dream. I’m pretty crafty. I like to make things. I’m the weird lady you see in the music section of a store with head phones on dancing around and singing along with a two year old on my hip lol. I work a very boring job with really sucky hours so most of my time here blogging, writing for no reason, or reading.
            lately I’ve been attempting to learn how to play the Ukelele but my sister who is the one teaching me is head over heels for her first ever boyfriend so she doesn’t have much time anymore. I guess I’ll have to teach myself.
            I also have been cooking a lot… way too much for me. I can’t say I actually enjoy it but I love to eat so I can’t complain. What do you do when your not inspiring others with your music?

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            1. At the moment, the music is pretty all-encompassing. I am either writing, or recording, or doing things to get ready to write and record (like meditating, working out etc). I write a lot, both in the music, and random stuff. Some of it makes it onto the blog. Recently, I’ve been able to connect with a bunch of people thru the blog, and I love that, really love it. I love connecting with people so much, especially honest interesting people. I usually hit bed whenever I can’t work anymore, listen to mixes and pass out.
              I really like your writing and your site. I think it’s dark and sexy and awesome, so, not blogging/writing for no reason ;-)
              I love to read, that is probably the one thing I do outside of music at the moment.
              You should totally learn the ukulele – do you love Amanda Palmer? Is that why you have one ;-) It is really easy to learn, and a good instrument to travel with.
              If you like, mail me, you can get my direct mail thru the contact form on my site – tell me your life story, I am really interested.
              – J

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  2. How wonderful to be introduced to your blog through your visit to xballerina! I love the concept of present moment through art. This is what I have experienced and attempted to share through dance. I look forward to hearing your music…

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    1. Thankyou so much ;-)
      I really love dance. When it’s done to a high level, I think the quality that shines thru is the same as for any activity taken to that place, it’s transcendent.
      I hope you are well,
      – J

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    1. Thankyou. Music and mindfulness are really not so far apart. I think that, learning to play music is really, among other things, learning to be fearlessly present. That’s one of the reasons that it’s such a beautiful thing ;-)
      – J

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  3. Thanks for visiting my new blog James, I’m stumbling through figuring it all out…fun! And, best of luck with your album!! Like Jerry Garcia could belt out from the heart like no other…”May the four winds blow you safely Home.”

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  4. Hi James, thanks for liking my post. Been looking at your blog…love the way you express your creativity. As an artist (painter) I can relate to your creative approach, as mine tends to be spontaneous and intuitive, directly from source, as your expression seems to be.

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    1. Absolutely. When I sing or play that’s the space I come from too. When I write, it’s a process of taking layers off the onion, until I get some kind of structure that allows me to do that.
      Thanks for connecting and your kind words,
      – J

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  5. Thank you for coming by my blog and for your like of my photo post. Congrats on your album release, I’ve listened to your samples, very unique and diverse. Keep up with your creative works.

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  6. Thanks for visiting my site James. I am so proud of you even though I don’t know you but simple because you are experiencing that which is in you and that creative pleasure filled place you talk about that takes you out of time. I’m also very excited for your album release on January 31st just as though it was my album release…It’s simply about my soul celebrating the good of another.

    Be Blessed

    LaTrice

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  7. Very cool James. Best of luck with your release in January. It’s a huge step, don’t get discouraged, stay the course and learn. Best wishes!

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  8. Hey James. Heartfelt about me blurb, I can’t wait to dig into some tunes.
    My great-grandmother was a Radcliffe. Evidently an uncommon English surname. Random tidbit, yes, but we’re all connected somehow and I look forward to hearing more from you.
    CF

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    1. That’s cool! ;-)
      I think the Radcliffe name comes down thru some Welsh ancestry for me.
      Thanks for connecting, you are right, we are all connected – it’s nice to make it more overt.
      Be well,
      -J

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    1. Thankyou in return and you’re welcome ;-)
      If you want to listen to some of my demostreams for the album, then you can find them on the ‘sounds’ page. No pressure tho ;-)
      Hope you are well, have a great day
      -J

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  9. James, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for visiting my blog and liking one of my current posts. I appreciate your time. I also wish you much success with release of your album. Take care, Bill

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    1. Totally my pleasure Bill, no thanks necessary.
      Your blog is actually really close to my heart, as my mother suffers with COPD, so I know well that journey.
      I wish you good health and much love over the silly season.
      -J

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  10. Hey James…thanks for taking a look at my blog. I haven’t had a chance to check out your music yet but looking forward to it…hope you continue to find things on my page that you like…music is an indescribable pleasure for me so I’ll definitely be back here to check out what you’ve got ~Annabel

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      1. Aw thanks, I think like all artists we sometimes don’t always take commendation well but I am learning to. It means a lot coming from those I have never met. To make something that resonates with people is really an amazing feeling. So thank you…
        See you around
        ~Annabel

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    1. Thanks Barb,
      It is coming along well and is genuinely surprising (in a good way) to me. The things that have exceeded all expectations have been the process, and the connections that have come about naturally thru the making of it – they are both like gold dust and totally unexpected.
      Hope you are well.

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    1. That’s cool. There’s a few small streams of demos from the initial writing period for this album, you can find them on my ‘Sounds’ page. But they are just sketches, the real stuff will be released on Jan 31st.
      Hope you are well, ;-)
      J

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