Nates James is a British soul singer / songwriter who released his debut album, Set The Tone, in 2005. The album, heavily influenced by classic soul artists such as Prince and Stevie Wonder, won James widespread critical acclaim and two MOBO nominations for Best Newcomer and Best R&B Artist. The album, penned almost entirely by James, spans a wide variety of music styles, from the bassy R&B of "Set The Tone" and the upbeat pop of "Universal" to classic ballad "Justify Me" and verging on rock influences in "I'll Decline".
Nate has worked with several noted songwriters, including Francis White (Will Young's Leave Right Now) on "Universal", David Sneddon and Jamie Hartman (Will Young's All Time Love) on "Justify Me". A Second album is slated for release at some point in 2006, featuring tracks henceforth only performed live, such as "Outta My Head". He has sold out numerous live shows at the Jazz Caf? in London and many other shows elsewhere, and was a performer at Fruitstock 2005. He has also travelled abroad, finding success in Japan in particular.