Artist Feature: Innanet James

Hailing from Montgomery County, Innanet James, in more than a few ways, is a son. Yes, in the sense that someone likely calls him “son”, as a casual greeting, or that he is a son of his father, who moved around the DMV-area playing in a go-go band. He is also a son of the internet: his initial release (“Black”)’s success was entirely organic, and has since released over one-hundred thousand plays on Soundcloud. His latest masterpiece “Summer”, certainly does the season justice. His distinctively powerful voice and and cadence over The Kount’s G-Funk synthesizers encapsulate all of summer’s best qualities, all wrapped into two minutes and fifty one seconds of joy.

James recently performed & impressed at Pigeons and Planes' No Ceilings concert at Webster Hall in New York. Despite the accolades and attention from various blogs and industry representatives, he has managed to keep a low profile, or as he puts it, “You’ll catch me when you’ll catch me.” He only has three releases for the public as of late; focusing on quality over quantity, as well as timing, “timing is key", Summer came out before the summer, and people gonna be bumping it all summer.” Sonically, James’s energetic and bouncy rhythms remind me of Anderson .Paak, Chance the Rapper, with a tad of BJ the Chicago Kid’s soul. His unique and fun style, as well as notably electric live performances, one which I’ve had the pleasure to witness, are an organic recipe to success.

You can follow him @innanetjames on Twitter and Instagram, as well as soundcloud.com/innanet-james. You can also purchase tickets for Mike Stud’s June 30th These Days tour date at Baltimore Soundstage, where Innanet will be featured, here: bit.ly/Bmore630 .

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