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James Shealy – Battle In My Blood

James Shealy - Battle In My Blood
James Shealy - Battle In My Blood
James Shealy – Battle In My Blood


Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth, and childhood experience.
James Shealy, Born in the USA on 8/11/1989. Spent my young life active in sports, father of a college football player, and taking classical piano and percussion lessons. You could always find me doing something extreme, pushing the limits of my body and mind doing something stupid with my neighborhood friends. We went through the entire childhood process together as a group. Skateboards, Paintball, Dirtbikes, Trampolines, Golf, making Jackass Videos ( hat one hung around too long). We had it made as kids, I never thought I would pursue a career in music, I only did it because I enjoyed it and I was pretty good at it too.


Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience, and skills.
I am an indie music artist from Atlanta, GA. I work as a contracted Writer/Producer/Artist and work with various record labels as well as writing for TV film syncs. I have only been producing for 2 years. “Battle in my Blood” and songs from my EP “Restless” were almost entirely written, produced, and recorded from my 600 sq ft apartment in Atlanta.


Tell us about your genre, concept, and idea behind your music video and the song.
I would describe my Genre as Indie/Electro Pop. The “Battle In My Blood” music video exemplifies 3 serious struggles that often cripple people today. Self Esteem, Fear, and Addiction. As I make an appearance in the video the music/sound I create turns into Angels. The Angels move throughout the house and interact with the 3 actors portraying these 3 struggles. After they fill the room and surround them with hope, the atmosphere shifts. They find strength and the courage to be strong. At the end of the video, an angel appears to be seen soon after disappearing.


Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
There have been many challenges. But I would say the deepest struggle is to try and get people to support local music. For some reason, there seems to be a disconnect between the Indie/Pop genre and my city. There is an opportunity to be different here, but the lack of similar artists in Atlanta has created a special gap in local fan support. Most of the time I feel I have to accept that until I reach some kind of admirable success I will forever be on a small island. But recently I started taking steps to bring similar-minded Indie artists into a communal group in Atlanta. What we need in the music industry is to stand together in support, not a climate for competition and isolation. I feel very strongly about this in all of our great cities across the world. There is more that we can do to help each other succeed and reach our goals and dreams than we could ever think!


Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director, how the song was recorded, and how the music video was shot.
I am a true solo project! I am the writer, and producer of all you hear come out of my pages. I spent the last 2 years learning how to produce my own music. With my classical training in Piano, Percussion, and Guitar, and experience in several bands. I have the know-how to create a full and accurate band dynamic all in the comfort of my own home! My video crew is amazing. Marcelo Panoche and Daniela Bacchim are some of my biggest supporters in this world! They have a commercial video background and are originally from Brazil. They moved to Atlanta, GA to pursue bigger opportunities. We met on Instagram a year ago and we have been dreaming ever since. They partnered with my team to create an amazing visual for “Battle In My Blood” and we just shot another video for an upcoming single “Fractured Love”.


Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and your future goal.
I have been putting out music for almost 10 years! My experience has led me to believe the more of yourself you can put into your project the better you will be. Even if that means you record an entire album with your voice and an acoustic guitar or piano. Luckily my experience allows me to create and experiment with many sounds with the full-sounding records I love the most. My goal in the music industry would be to become a National Touring act and also sign a major publishing deal as a Writer/Producer.


Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
My ultimate goal is to empower people to be individuals and with every song I write, I try and do something that is breaking the edge in my creativity. Sometimes I gather ideas that seem totally random at the time but later end up meaning something real for my life. Songs for me have become a revolving door, most come back around at the right time and end up being some of my best work.


Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I believe in order to make something great you have to release all expectations on the song. In other words, I believe the best way to write a “hit” song is to not try and write one.


Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Saw a sign on the road today and I loved it. it said, “Experts were once beginners at something too.” Everyone who works hard has a fair chance to be successful in whatever they choose to go after in life. Be strong and believe in yourself.


Tell us the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Keep pushing, strive for excellence, and try to do as much as your own as possible.


Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have obtained.
In 2012 I was a contestant on NBC’s voice. This jumped my dream career into reality. I came back from LA fired up and ready to make my mark on the world. Shortly after realizing that it was going to be a long road. Never the less I kept making music and developing my skill as a writer/producer.


List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send messages to them via this platform.
I am currently on the circuit on several Atlanta campus radio stations as well as 99x Radio Atlanta and a few indie webcasts.


Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
Usually, I come up with a hook idea to base a song around. Then I hit the studio and create a track around the hook of the song. Then from there I usually fill in the gaps lyrically or work section to section in the entire process. Every day is different though. Sometimes I’ll hear a particular key melody or drum beat and the song will be created from there. Sometimes I will be driving and I will make up a song, drum beat, any important melody lines, and the lyrics all on the spot. Sometimes it sounds really cool and I go into the studio and track it almost identically. This is what happened with my new single set for release in January called “Fractured Love”.


Name the five biggest artists that you like.
One Republic, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Prince, and Michael Jackson.


Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I make frequent trips to Nashville to collaborate with a good friend of mine Jeff Bowman, he is an incredible writer/producer and we have created many songs for TV film placement. I’ve also collaborated with a few of my great friends out in LA, one being Jordan Parker. He is a great artist definitely check out his new album.


Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Instagram @James_Shealy


Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.


Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
The happiest day was definitely the day I married my wife Julia. She’s definitely the most amazing person in this world. She is strong, brave, and incredibly talented. She is my biggest supporter in this world on top of having to deal with my ups and downs as an independent artist every single day.


Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
If I had 1 million dollars I would pay everyone properly for what they have done by investing in my career so far. I have such an incredible team that believes in me more than I believe myself. With the rest, save it for a rainy day and keep doing exactly what I’m doing, money does weird things to people.




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