Mixing different musical genres with country is nothing new at this point -- in fact, some may say it's become a bit of a trend these days -- but it's safe to say not too many country artists found their way to Nashville via a hip-hop route.
That's exactly what happened to Jessta James, however. Although you'd probably never guess it by listening to his debut album, Time To Get Right, the Montana native discovered his initial love of songwriting through rapping. The hip-hop world led him to Los Angeles, where he cut his musical teeth working with a number of high-profile names in the industry, before deciding he wanted to mix up a sound all his own. And that sound involved a lot of his favorite genre, country. He found his connection to the country world via an Atlanta-based music producer, who believed in James's aural "vision" and co-wrote music which they eventually brought to Nashville.
Now he's a country boy through and through, but James will never forget his multi-genre past--which even saw him opening up for rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony in cowboy boots!
We had the opportunity to hang out with James for a bit and get his take on the unique musical blend he's brought to the country scene.Read More »from Meet Jessta James: He Loves Country, Southern Rock…And Hip-Hop Too!