My name is James Dewtie and I am a singer/songwriter from Truro Nova Scotia. My music is inspired by life and can be adapted by anyone as I keep it generic so that my listeners can personalize my music to thier own situation. I hope you enjoy.
James Dewtie Bio
Singer-songwriter James Dewtie was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1982. He developed an early enjoyment of music as a tot, but his talents beyond car sing-alongs developed once James picked up a guitar around the age of 14. Once his father taught him a few basic chords and a Beatles song or two, James quickly caught on and dedicated much of his early teens to writing music and learning to play by ear.... During this time, James and his family relocated from Calgary to small-town British Columbia, where he began weekly piano lessons to add to his musical skill set. In 1996, James moved again to the northern Alberta town of Athabasca, where he entered into a music festival and came away with a gold medal for best original composition. By 1997, James and his family had moved across the country to Truro, Nova Scotia. James met fellow music enthusiasts in his area, which allowed him to expand his creativity with peers and obtain their constructive criticism. In high school, James jumped at the chance to perform for a larger audience in the annual variety show, which opened him to an entirely new experience. For the next three years he showcased his guitar playing whenever the opportunity arose, including the performance of a cover and an original song in the Provincial Exhibition. In 2002, James reached a new stage in his musical endeavours: the studio recording of his own compositions. As a birthday gift from his ever-supportive parents, James was given the chance to mix and record songs at Studio Arts in Bedford, NS with the legendary George Herbert, lead guitarist for Anne Murray. Shortly thereafter, Ambassador Charlie Ray invited James and one other Canadian representative to attend the International Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. While there, James was exposed to many musical highlights and learned a great deal about the industry itself. Later in the year, James was invited to perform live on Breakfast Television, a local morning show filmed out of Halifax, NS. This would be his first televised session, and certainly proved to be quite the learning experience for the budding artist. From that point on, James became well known in Truro, and continued to play venues such as Keggers and Heros during their open-mic nights. James experimented with a non-solo musical plight when he joined the band Edgewise. Though the team was overflowing with talent, James realised that a solo career was more appropriate for him at that time, so after a year together he decided to part ways. He soon began collaborating with fellow local artist Mike Smith, whom produced a few of James's earlier original songs including "Silver Lining," "Innocence," and acoustic versions of "That Was the Night" and "Simple Things." James and Mike were most recently showcased on Truro's radio station, Big Dog 100.9, for their local musician spotlight "Dog Demos." Apart from music, James also leads a successful personal life as a Business Manager.