James grew up in Abbott, Texas and started playing guitar at the age of 7. He was raised listening to a wide variety of music including country, rock, blues, and even gospel quartets. James has had 3 guitar teachers that were UNT alumni and a piano teacher that has taught German at Baylor for over 35 years. He is also a UNT alumni with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in music. James has always had the desire to learn and uses his knowledge of biomechanics along with his musical knowledge to teach both musical theory and technique on an instrument. These skills, coupled with a passion for teaching, are why James is a member of the Creative Soul team!