[Interview] Singer Coby James: “I’m Bringing A New Pop Flare Into CCM With Influences Like Ed Sheeran, John Mayer And Shawn Mendes”

Brand new recording artist Coby James made his  debut this summer with the catchy pop single “Paradise”. The multitalented musician co-produced, wrote and performed the instruments on the delightful song that boasts about finding satisfaction in Christ alone. BTSCelebs virtually interviewed the rising star recently to learn more about his backstory, music and plans for the future.

BTSCelebs: Who is Coby James?

Coby James: I’m a 17 year old who has a love for music and is narrating what a Christian in high school goes through. Bringing a new Pop flare into CCM with influences like Ed Sheeran, John Mayer and Shawn Mendes. I’m also bringing back to Christian music the old style of writing about the stories of our lives like Steven Curtis Chapman once pioneered.

What piqued your interest in music?

My love for guitar, singing, self expression and pure love for the art. I want to make the best art that I can in the little time I have on this earth. If the God of everything makes perfect art, shouldn’t I strive for excellence in the gifts I’ve been given?

Tell us about your experience being on stage for the very first time.

I started leading youth band in 10th grade. I was also given the opportunity to open for Shane and Shane in concert early in my 11th grade year. That was my first big show on stage, and I loved every minute of it. It was at that moment that I knew ‘this is what the Lord created me to do.’

Why was “Paradise” chosen as your first single?

I think I chose it because it was the obvious stick out as a single. It has a catchy chorus, a fun guitar hook and a solid message about Christ being the only thing that can fill that void within us that we try to fill with worldly things. I felt that it was a good representation of who I was as an artist and felt that people would hear the influences that helped shape my sound.

What do you hope the audience takes away from the song? 

That nothing in this world will ever truly satisfy us. We can reach for that unattainable goal that is the ‘American Dream’ but its always just out of reach because the second we think we have it, we find that we still feel empty. Christ is the only One that truly fills us and leaves us content. We were made to love Him. Nothing can replace that.

Do you have any special surprises planned for “The Hope Encounter” Tour? Any cover songs or duets with your tourmate? 

Well I would really love to sing with Danny, but that’s really a question for him haha. I am starting a song with a Steven Curtis Chapman cover that is one of my favorites. And I’ve adjusted some of the arrangement to help suit the acoustic set so that should be fun! Honestly, I’m just so excited to share what I have planned. It’s an incredible opportunity.

What can music lovers expect from you in 2020? 

Hopefully lots of stuff! I’m taking it one step at a time. But I do believe a full length album isn’t too far away after this EP. I have over 35 songs to pick from, so I’m itching to get them out to you guys! I don’t really know what’s in store yet, but I’m hopeful and excited.

Listen to Coby’s debut song below:

BTSCelebs sends a special thanks to Coby James and his management team for the exclusive interview and images. 

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