Musician extraordinaire Johnny James – who scored a handful of number one hits in America with his band Will To Power – on his love of linen and bright colours, and the vibrant music scene he’s discovered in Singapore.
How would you describe your sartorial style?
Jazzy, funky, soulful and classy. I’m loving the tropical dressing that Singapore affords, so lots of comfortable cotton and linen in my wardrobe.
What’s your favourite item of clothing?
I’ve always been into looking good and I love shirts. Nice linen shirts like the ones I’ve discovered at Pudu. Great colours and styling. I think I have every colour.
What has been your biggest fashion mistake?
I can’t remember… Don’t want to remember!
Any timeless classics that you’ve been wearing for years?
Nope, I’m always, always changing it up.
What style of suit do you prefer?
I love the way Italian suits fit me. Armani suits are amazing.
What styles or particular colours do you like to wear the most?
Bright colours, like they wear in South Beach. I’ve got to mention Pudu again – I just love shopping at their new store at the Orchardgateway mall. They have all the colours I love and enjoy wearing. That’s my kind of vibe – effortless style.
What’s your number one fashion tip for EX readers?
Always wear clothes that make you feel good. My clothes and my music represent a celebration of life
Talking of music… tell us a bit about your journey.
I started playing the saxophone in sixth grade and continued playing throughout high school and then college with my band Grand Fusion. After college, I began playing music full time in South Florida, USA. There, I became very good friends with a singer called Suzi Carr. She invited me to become a member of the band, Will to Power, a group based in Miami. While preforming with WTP, we had four number one hits. Our biggest and most recognisable hit was a remake of Peter Frampton’s, “Baby, I Love Your Way”. Performing with the group enabled me to fulfill my lifelong dream of touring and performing music around the world.
What do you think of the Singapore music scene?
It’s very young and energetic. There is a buzz, especially on the weekends. It is a small but close-knit family of musicians. There are some excellent jazz musicians here too. I’m just glad the music community embraced me and I’m proud to be a part of it.
Any regular spots you’re performing at now?
My home base is The SingJazz club formerly known as The Sultan. Also, Blu Jaz in the Haji Lane area. I have a huge gig coming up on Sunday December 21 with my band at The Esplanade Waterfront stage.
Do you do any private or corporate events?
I’ve done Formula One events, Tiffany’s, Cartier, SingJazz festival, private parties at MBS, The Fullerton hotel and Boathouse – the list goes on and on. I also have two CDs out, The Remedy and The Cure. I’m working on my third, an international project while I’m here in Singapore. I’ve truly been blessed living and working here.
Johnny’s albums can be downloaded from iTunes. For booking info go to: firstname.lastname@example.org and you can also visit his website or call +65 8121 5486.