Kaz James
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Kaz James

Kaz James
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Background information
Born 1982 (age 35–36)
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Electronic, alternative dance, house
Singer-songwriter, DJ
2004 - present
Labels Sony BMG
Website www.kazjames.com

Kaz James[1] (born 1982) is an Australian singer-songwriter and DJ. He was raised in Melbourne and is of Italian and Greek origin. He released his first solo album, If They Knew, in 2008.

Kaz James was a co-founder in 2004 of the group BodyRockers, an Australian Irish electronic music duo collaboration, consisting of Kaz James and Dylan Burns. BodyRockers released a self-titled album BodyRockers in 2005 and had an international hit with the single "I Like the Way" also in 2005 before disbanding in 2007.

Biography

Kaz is an Australian of both Italian and Greek descent.[] He grew up in suburban Melbourne[2] and took early inspiration from his stepfather's diverse record collection, with emphasis on jazz, rare groove, and house.[] He received his education at Marcellin College in Bulleen, where he was active in music, playing trumpet as well as singing with the choir.[3] Forgoing university, James became a DJ at OneLove, a Melbourne nightclub.[4]

He is a distant relative of English Premiership footballer Wayne Rooney.[]

BodyRockers

Before he started his career as a soloist, James was one half of BodyRockers, who rose to prominence in 2005 with their first release, "I Like the Way (You Move)".[4] This guitar-laden dance track reached #3 on the UK Singles Chart in April 2005[5] and achieved popularity in other regions of the world as well. A self-titled album was released, as was the group's follow-up single, "Round and Round". The duo, James and British guitarist Dylan Burns, toured extensively in 2005 and 2006 and recorded a second album, but according to James, "we just didn't get around to releasing it".[6] BodyRockers then parted ways in 2006.

Solo career

Kaz James was signed by Universal Records at 21 and moved to London from Melbourne.

Discography

Albums

as BodyRockers

(for details, refer to BodyRockers discography section)

Solo
Year Album Peak positions
AUS
[7]
2008 If They Knew  –

Singles / EPs

Year Single Peak positions Album
AUS
[7]
BEL
(Vl)

[8]
BEL
(Wa)

[9]
FRA
[10]
2008 "Breathe"
(feat. Stu Stone)
57  –  –  – If They Knew
2008 "We Hold On" 81  –  –  –
2009 "Can't Hold Back"
(feat. Macy Gray)
42  –  –  –
2014 "Show Me All Your Love"  –  –  –
2014 "Blast Off"
(with David Guetta)
 – 49*
(Ultratip)
14*
(Ultratip)
33

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

References

  1. ^ "Various Artists - Pacha, Mixed by Kaz James, Dirty Laundry & Sarah Main" inthemix.com.au. Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Kaz James: Stereosonic soldier" inthemix.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Kaz James keeps it real" Brisbane Times, 11 September 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Kaz James: He's still only got Onelove" inthemix.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Kaz James: Biography" 3DWorld.com.au. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Kaz James discography". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Kaz James discography". ultratop.be/fr/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Kaz James discography". ultratop.be/fr/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Kaz James discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014.

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