James' songwriting career
James Slater is a two time, grammy nominated, piano-playing, bilingual singer-songwriter of Bolivian American descent signed to BMG Music Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Durham, North Carolina, and raised in the tropics of the Panama Canal Zone in Central America.
Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, Enrique Iglesias, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Pickler, Alabama, Reba McEntire, Gloriana, Martina McBride, Chris Brown, Chris Young and a host of others have all recorded his songs. His Grammy nominations include Jamey Johnson’s “The High Cost of Living”, country song of the year, and Martina’s “In My Daughter’s Eyes”, which has become a modern day standard.
James lived in Zurich Switzerland for six years touring, recording and writing with Belgian super group Vaya Con Dios and has traveled the world from Panama to Dublin, from Spain to Havana.
Contributing to a variety of musical venues, James’ songs have appeared in the movies Country Strong and George Clooney’s Tomorrowland. The Grammy-nominated “In My Daughter’s Eyes” reached BMI’s Top Country #1 and BMI’s Top Pop #1 ranking. Tim McGraw has had hits with James’ “Looking For That Girl”, “That’s Why God Made Mexico” and “Mexicoma”. John Michael Montgomery’s hit “Forever”, Willie Nelson’s “Life Is a Moment”, and the Rascal Flatts hit “Life Is a Song” were all penned by this versatile songwriter/musician.
James’ “Key West Address” is a love letter to the island, so much so that the mayor of Key West has awarded James the “keys to the city” and proclaimed the song “Key West Address” the island’s official theme.
James’ latest release is “Mexicoma”, which is available on Spotify and I Tunes...featuring 15 new songs including the raucous Mexicoma with Tim McGraw.