Wigan-born songwriter James Walsh burst onto the scene in 2001, fronting the post-Britpop indie band Starsailor.
James Walsh (Starsailor)
Wigan-born songwriter James Walsh burst onto the scene in 2001, fronting the post-Britpop indie band Starsailor. Their first single Fever earned them the title of “Britain’s best new band” and their third single Alcoholic gave the group their first UK Top 10 hit, before their critically acclaimed debut album Love Is Here reached No 2 in the UK Album Charts. Sophomore LP Silence Is Easy also hit the No 2 spot, and its title track reached No 9 on the UK Singles Chart, but this would prove to be Starsailor’s high watermark, with subsequent releases gradually losing their commercial impact.
In 2009, James Walsh started recording his first solo album, Lullaby, working with Suzanne Vega at first and then ultimately songwriter-producer Sacha Skarbek. While establishing his career away from the band, James began writing with other acts, such as Spice Girl Melanie C and 2010 X Factor winner Matt Cardle, and he still continues to work as a collaborative songwriter for emerging artists.
After a five-year hiatus, Starsailor reformed in 2014, enjoying triumphant festival performances and their return was swiftly followed by the release of Good Souls: The Greatest Hits, which included two brand new tracks Give Up The Ghost and Hold On.