Pecchia was born in Toronto, Ontario. He grew up in Etobicoke and went to school at Sir Adam Beck, Eatonville, Bloordale, Silverthorne and Burnhamthorpe Collegiate. He started playing the guitar at age nine.
He went on the road at 17 in 1972 with The Cougars TCB, one of the first Reggae bands in Canada led by Jay Douglas.
In 1974, James joined Edward Bear and various Toronto bands .In 1978 had one Album on RCA with Mondo Combo.The 80s James played country sessions, TV and radio shows. As part of the Lulu's House Band in the 1990s in Kitchener, Ontario, Anthony performed with over 150 touring artists, including Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, Denny Doherty of The Mamas & the Papas, Gary U.S. Bonds, and The Platters. Co-wrote "Here I Am" for the Denny Doherty Documentary and for many Films and Jingles.
He hosted an award winning Roots musical variety show "The Midnight Hour" on Rogers cable in the 1990s, and "James Anthony Live" on Cogeco Cable in 2011-2013.
James was inducted into Blues Hall Of Fame USA on September 22, 2013 in Detroit.
James now resides in Burlington, Ontario and owns and operates Sound Investments Recording Studio. He is still active in the blues, jazz and roots music community as a session musician, producer, and arranger. Anthony writes for and produces other artists, jingles and film scores and performs at blues festivals. He has also self-released a number of albums of his music.
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"Jazz at 7" 2016