James Jay Kannis

James Jay Kannis


Australian pop talent doesn't get much hotter than James Kannis. With Love 2 Love, James has announced his arrival on the music scene, backing up an already impressive CV, proving both his appeal to the public and his explosive performance style.

Produced in Australia by Sammy K and mastered in New York by the world acclaimed Tom Coyne (Destiny’s Child, Pink, Jamiroquai), Love 2 Love is a stomping pop/R&B floor-filler set to become one of summer's hottest tracks. The album the single is lifted from, 'Angels On A Hot Tin Roof' is an elixir of acoustic, hip-hop, orchestral, soul and dance - a true representation of James’ wide range of musical influences and hits stores in late 2006. His unique song writing talents are more than evident on the album, showing for James, its about more than just a great look and a hot voice.

With over four months of solid national media coverage on Australian Idol in 2005, 20-year-old James Kannis became one of the best loved faces of the series, becoming a favourite of people across Australia. The past twelve months have seen James growing further as a singer and songwriter, piecing the idol experience together with a rich musical family history and a bright future.

James’ family pedigree stretches over 30 years in the Australian entertainment industry with his mother Lenita a 25 year veteran of the acting and modeling world, his father Sammy K one of Australia's leading soul singers and Uncle Johnny playing with luminary bands such as Radio Birdman and The Hitmen.

James’ cultural heritage provides an opportunity for an Australian export phenomenon, with interest already being shown from both European and US markets.


1. How did it feel to hear your song played all over the airwaves?
It's great to be rewarded for doing something you love. It was exciting to hear the track on radio and it's just the beginning.

2. Did you have any pre-conceived ideas about the music industry?
Lots. I have been around it since I was really young and I have seen how hard it can be. I aim high but also stay realistic.

3. Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?
Yes. Hmmm? Everything is inspiration. Every moment and every lesson.

4. What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
Everything. The albums that get high rotation though are mainly heavy rock or hip hop. Pac, ice t, immortal technique, tool, karnavool, sunk loto, old school incubus, slipknot... the list goes on.

5. What's next? Tour/Album/Single?
Single then album.

6. Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
A few. I've had a lot of help and support. Mostly from my folks.

7. Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Writing and recording.

8. What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
I've always just known.

9. What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Emotional ups and downs.

10. What's a typical day like?
Creative, fun

11. What has been your favorite part of becoming a music artist?
There is still a long journey ahead, but so far I would have to say that creativity is the gift that keeps on giving.

12. If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
james brown

13. Are you single? What do you look for in a partner?
Yes. Someone that challenges me.

14. Do you have a website fans can visit?
www.jameskannis.net or www.jameskannis.com or www.myspace.com/jameskannis

15. Can you tell us 5 things required for a happy healthy & enjoyable life?
Laughter, music, sex, creativity, respect. Not necessarily in that order.

16. What message would you like to say to your fans?
It's been an interesting voyage thus far, and I can't wait to share the album with you all. Your interest and support is more than appreciated... it's inspiring.

60 Second Quiz

Full Name: james jay kannis
Nickname(s): shjim
Star Sign: scorpio
Favorite Food: Yeeros or chicken express
Favorite Film: rocky
Favorite Actor: al pacino
Pet: no
Describe yourself in 3 words: uuhhh, hmmm, oooh
Best Feature: left ear
Worst Feature: hands
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: quinten tarentino
Hobbies/Interests: manila, Texas holdem, basketball, ping pong, beach
First Job: dish washer 12 years old.
Are you a Pub, Bar or Club kind: pub mostly but I'm a chameleon, I adapt to any environment
What Can You Never Leave Home Without: shoes
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning: coffee