Filthy Habit (Official Video)

New EP "Haunted Things"

MARCH OF CROWS (A COLLABORATIVE ART PROJECT)

"March of Crows" is an interdisciplinary collaborative project devised by singer-songwriter Shayfer James. The first "March Of Crows" event was a collaboration between Shayfer, 16 visual artists, 3 Poets, a director, a Choreographer a lighting designer, and videographer, all based out of Jersey City. 

The process began with visual art. Shayfer has written and recorded 16 songs using the work of local artists as prompt. The task was to not only communicate the art through words, but also by incorporating different styles and textures to capture the life of the work.

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Original Score Performed Live For "The Handless Maiden" In Jersey City 

It is my pleasure to be working with and astounding creative team on a devised/immersive theater piece called "The Handless Maiden" which I co-imagined with director, Mason Beggs (also the director of my Filthy Habit Video).

The show is without dialogue and is told exclusively through movement, lighting, set design, and an original score by yours truly.  

For this piece I scored for violin, piano, prepared piano, and percussion.  I've also written some original choral music based in the Americana and Appalachian traditions.
I truly hope you'll attend.   Show dates:  September 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24

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Premiering Songs From My Musical,The Ninth Hour, on 7/19 

Join Kate Douglas and Shayfer James for the debut performance of songs from their new musical, 
"The Ninth Hour" at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 
196 Allen St.  NYC
Tuesday, July 19th at 8pm. 
No cover charge. 

The Ninth Hour centers on one of the oldest tales of good versus evil - Beowulf and Grendel - in a modern, intimate retelling featuring a rock/pop score infused with theatrical folk story-telling. The piece explores how heroes and villains are made and unmade and how evil deeds are often done by those who truly believe they are on the right side of history. Through reimagined, classic archetypes The Ninth Hour asks, if "light" and "dark" are opposites, or different expressions of personal conviction, belief, and perspective.
 

The Ninth Hour in Concert 
Music & lyrics by Kate Douglas & Shayfer James 
Directed by Sash Bischoff 

The performance will also feature: Kim Blanck (vocals), Molly McAdoo (vocals), Andres Lo (drums), Francesca Tedeschi (piano), Gabriel Perry(Double Bass), and Jeremy Gillespie (guitar, organ). 

Poster art by Anna Arielle Chapman

June 3rd:A Concert Benefitting York Street Project, Jersey City 

On June 3rd,  I will be performing many of the songs from the "March of Crows" project at The Citizen in Jersey City.
50% of the door will go to benefit York Street Project, a local charity that is focused on empowering women in need. 
The performance will feature 21 songs, from both MOC and my other releases.  Additionaly, the artwork that originally inspired the MOC songs will be projected during the performance.  In the spirit of keeping this project truly local, I'll be performing alongside only Jersey City musicians.

Johnny Mercer Writer's Colony at Goodspeed Musicals 

It an honor to have been selected as one of only 40 writers to take part in this amazing opportunity.
For the last year, my co-conspirator Kate Douglas and I have been writing a musical.  The details shall remain
mysterious for now, but we were invited to spend a week with theater professionals and other writers to workshop, revise, and build
our concept.  Learn all about the colony HERE.

EP Release Celebration: Sept 19 at Rockwood Music Hall. Free. 8pm. 

It is my absolute pleasure to announce the "Haunted Things" EP release celebration.
The performance will take place at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2). The evening will go as follows:

7pm - Darling (
8pm - Yours truly
9pm - lots and lots of celebratory drinking with all of you.

This recording has been a long time coming for certain.
It tells, from cover cover, a very specific, personal story.

Please join me with the band:
Jeremy Gillespie (Bass, Backing Vocals, Etc)
Corby Hewson (Drums)
Tom Senatore Jr. (Organ, Guitar, Backing Vocals, etc)

Special Guest: Author, Clay McLeod Chapman

Across the Ocean 

Happy to announce I'll be traveling overseas for some wonderful collaborative works at SagaFest in Iceland and The University of The Arts in London.
More details and a travel blog coming.  I'll be gone from May 19 - June 1.  Indeed.