Harmony James came to the attention of the music industry in early 2007 back when her song Tailwind was announced the first Australian song to win the country category of the International Songwriting Competition.
Her second single, the number 1 hit, Somebody Stole My House, was Australia's third most played country song of 2008.
Now, with the 2009 release of her debut album, Tailwind, Harmony has confirmed that she is a talented and skilled singer songwriter.
Produced by music legend Herm Kovac, Tailwind is packed with memorable, often personal songs, including the inspiring Fly, the quirky, captivating Painted Pony and the wonderfully vitriolic Cold, Cold Rage. Kevin Bennett duets with Harmony on Some People Give, while gems like Pretty and Precious Little are world-class tracks.
Harmony was named the Best Rising Star at the 2008 Victorian Country Music Awards, and was a 2008 New Talent Golden Guitar finalist. In 2009 she was awarded Independent Female Vocalist of the Year at the Southern Stars awards.
Now featuring again with Precious Little the second biggest song of 2009 at country radio, Harmony has found herself right up with the best of the business as finalist for the CMAA Album of the Year and Female Artist of the Year.
Tailwind Track Listing:
1. Come On Back To Me
5. Painted Pony
6. Precious Little
7. Good Enough
8. Send Down An Angel
9. Somebody Stole My Horse
11. The Only Good Thing
12. Cold, Cold Rage
13. Some People Give
14. The Way That I Felt
This is only the start of a stellar career for this gifted artist who has placed a pop feel to the country music genre to give it a wholesome feel.
Interview with Harmony James
How did it feel to hear your song played from a CD? Harmony James
: had imagined it for so long it wasn't a surprise at all, just more like, here we are finally.
Did you have any pre-conceived ideas about the music industry? Harmony James
: It is interesting to learn that those people who seemed so special and untouchable are really just people like you and me. We tend to forget that.
Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration? Harmony James
: Yes, I love to write. It's often inspired by something that has affected my life or something I keep thinking about and coming back to.
What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own? Harmony James
: I am currently exploring singer songwriters who are great lyricists. I love hearing something clever that still manages to sound good musically as well.
What's next? Tour/Album/Single? Harmony James
: I have a new single called 'Pretty' at radio, and am about to tour as support for the McClymonts.
Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel? Harmony James
: Absolutely. There are moments we tend not to talk about that are just crushing and very difficult. You have to develop serious coping mechanisms.
Do you prefer performing live or recording? Harmony James
: Recording is fun, but playing live can be really rewarding when people dig what you do and tell you so.
What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry? Harmony James
: I figured that music is the one talent I have that stands out and hoped to make a life doing what I love.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success? Harmony James
: Learning to speak up and find a way to explain why I need things to be done a certain way. Its hard to do that sometimes when someone thinks they know better.
What's a typical day like? Harmony James
: Exercise, manage the business side, practice, write, make calls, sleep.
What has been your favorite part of becoming a music artist? Harmony James
: Being able to work alongside really talented musicians.
If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be? Harmony James
: Someone who I could learn from would be great. Although if Wynonna Judd wanted to sing with me I wouldn't say no as she was one of my early inspirations.
Are you single? What do you look for in a partner? Harmony James
: I am indeed, I would like to enjoy the company of someone who is compassionate and happy (and is keen to mind my dogs while I am touring J)
Do you have a website fans can visit? Harmony James
Can you tell us 5 things required for a happy healthy & enjoyable life? Harmony James
: Keep a good relationship with your family
Find something you love to do and do it often
Have a cause that you can contribute to that helps other people
Try to surround yourself with positive people
Look after your body without making yourself miserable
What message would you like to say to your fans? Harmony James
: Thanks for helping me do what it is that I have always wanted to do. 60 Second Quiz
Full Name: Harmony James
Nickname(s): Harms, Harjay
Star Sign: Pisces
Music Talent: Vocal / Song Writing
Favorite Food: Oatmeal with fruit
Favorite Film: Cool Hand Luke
Favorite Actor: Paul Newman
Pet: Staffy cross and a Foxy cross
Describe yourself in 3 words: Honest, Introspective, Serious
Best Feature: Dependable, I like to keep my word
Worst Feature: Analyzing everything
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Dolly Parton
First Job: Checkout chicky at Coles
Are you a Pub, Bar or Club kind: I kind of grew out of that. Now I like dinner parties and small gatherings where you can actually converse.
What Can You Never Leave Home Without: My gigantic handbag stuffed with things I couldn't possibly need
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning: Get up and move quick before you go back to sleep!