James was born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised Southern Baptist! In high school, he was president of the Bible Club. He went to a Southern Baptist University to become a preacher, but when he came out in his early 20’s he decided to become a choir director instead, and transferred to Memphis State University where he majored in voice. He soon moved to New York City and began a career in men's fashion as a store manager and buyer for Paul Stuart and Ermenegildo Zegna.
James moved to Provincetown in 1997and began singing in the choir at the local Unitarian Universalist Meeting House where he met his future husband Jon. He's now the administrator of One City Chorus of St. Petersburg, Florida, where he and Jon live when they're not summering in Brevard, North Carolina.
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