Join host Jacqueline Jax with Co-host Steve Minotti as the interview James McVay – an award winning composer, producer, and performing songwriter. A guitarist and multi-instrumentalist since the age of 8 James has spent the last 25 years scoring movies, tv shows, producing records and performing with some of the country’s top musicians including Stan Getz, Doane Perry, (drummer for Jethro Tull), Jennifer Condos (bassist for Ray Lamontagne) David Schwartz, Kate Wallace, Caren Armstrong, Kate Markowitz, Sid Page and the list goes on.
He has written and conducted scores for more than 30 movies, hundreds of television shows and penned dozens of songs for movies and tv, along with numerous contemporary concert pieces including his “concertino” for guitar and orchestra called “The Industrial Day”.
As an independent record producer James has worked with many of L.A.’s best “indie” artists including Oscar nominee Kathleen “Bird” York and most recently his second outing as producer with the preeminent folk duo Emma’s Revolution whom Pete Seeger cited as the best folk music out there today.
“Heroes On The Homefront”, HIS CURRENT CD RELEASE, was called “a stellar collection of songs” by Dan Kimpel of Music Connectioßn magazine . “Heroes… ” also won a place on CD Baby’s bestseller compilation CD and songs from the album have been featured on 2 other CDs; “Topanga: Music From The Mountains” and “Artists For Change”
As a teacher James began giving guitar lessons in High School and built up a student base of some 30 students per week at a local music store. James has recently returned to teaching and writing books on guitar. His 3rd and most current book is a revolutionary new approach to music called “The Right Brain Guitar Method” which you can check out at

James also does session work and performs locally as a solo artist, as a “sideman” on multiple instruments, and with his band Little Orchard.

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