Music Monday Featured Artist: Greylan James

Although you may not know the name of Greylan James, you have certainly heard his music. The Nashville singer-songwriter is known for penning hits such as Kenny Chesney’s “Happy Does,” Chris Young’s “If That Ain’t God” and Chris Janson’s “Real Friends” featuring Blake Shelton, among others. “I fell in love with country music and country songs when I was five. I was obsessed with it and remember telling my elementary school teachers ‘I’ll be a country star when I grow up.” My childhood weekends were spent in a car with my parents driving wherever I could sing. Barn dances, restaurant patios, county fairs, bars, etc. 15, I went on The Voice and it kind of sped it all up. I moved to Nashville three years later to do the thing!” says Jacques.

Now, at just 26, James has made a name for himself among the Nashville community.

“Before I moved to Nashville, I didn’t know much about songwriting. When I got here, I realized that’s what country music is all about. I became captivated by it. J signed with Universal Music Publishing in 2018 and started writing about 200 songs a year, by the grace of God a few of those songs got sent to guys like Kenny Chesney, Cole Swindell, Chris Young and many more. Luckily, they liked those songs enough to record and release them!”

Besides being an amazing songwriter, Greylan works to cultivate his brand and release his own music. His latest single, Walls, is accessible to everyone, painting a picture of the saying “if these walls could talk”. Jack says “Walls was a song that felt special as soon as we started writing it. It’s a good old classic country song. I love writing these kind of songs and seeing everyone enjoying it has been super special. I started playing it live, just me and an electric guitar. The audience reaction was amazing. So I’m releasing a version that captures that kind of stripped down version of the song!

With his new song just released on July 1, James shows no signs of slowing down. He is currently working on more music, including collaborations with other musicians who have recorded his songs. Be sure to check their website for upcoming tour dates and other announcements of new music releases!

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Fluent on Dutch Bros coffee and my love of travel, I’m always up for adventure. I believe in exploring new places and having drunken evenings around a campfire. Unpopular opinion or not, Cards Against Humanity is the best game ever made. @lindsiriancreative

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