A major "player" in the music industry for eighteen years, James began recording and touring with Rock, R&B, and Jazz artists such as Oleta Adams, Ronnie Laws and, most recently, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
An accomplished songwriter, James was Musical Director for the hit Nickelodeon series "Roundhouse" for all three successful seasons, writing an original song for each episode, and receiving two nominations for a Cable Ace Award.
James has written and produced for several projects, including three television spots for the prestigious New York ad agency Satchii & Satchii as well as three national AT&T spots. Television arrangements include work for CBS's "The Client" and "L.A. Doctors," additional music for 1997 Warner Brothers pilot "Justice League of America" and HBO's "The Sender." In the spring of 1998, he scored the CBS pilot "To Have and To Hold," which landed him the series. He wrote and produced the main title theme song, as well as several other original and cover songs, having scored thirteen episodes in all. Most recently, James scored the second season of the WB series "Jack & Jill" and produced the main title theme.
An adopted child, James' parents were keen to pick up on his musical gift early in life. In 1995 James learned what to attribute some of that gift to when he was reunited with his birth father David Crosby. In June of 1998 the self-titled debut album from CPR (Crosby, Pevar & Raymond) was released on Samson Music. The band has performed on The Tonight Show, appeared on Oprah, and was invited to perform at the internatinally renowned Montreaux Jazz Festival. CPR's second studio record Just Like Gravity was released in June 2001. James was the keyboardist/vocalist on the acclaimed Graham Nash solo tour in September 2002 and played piano on the Grammy winning album, Warren Zevon’s “The Wind.”
This year James has scored a short film, “Great Lengths” which is in the Tribeca Film Festival and played keyboards on a new Crosby/Nash album to be released in August 2004. James wrote four songs on the record and will be touring with Crosby, Stills & Nash this Summer.
James uses M-Audio’s Studiophile BX8 monitors, Firewire 410, Radium, Reason and Live.