James started performing in public at the age of 11 when he was invited to play solo to an audience of five thousand at the Cardiff International Arena by the National Symphony Orchestra of London in Abba The Show. In 2010, James won Caerphilly's Got talent, a local spin off of Britain's Got Talent with his rendition of "My Way" by Frank Sinatra. In 2011, when he was 12, James won the Bertie Cox trophy for acoustic jazz at the South Glamorgan Festival For Young Musicians. In 2012, James played at the BBC "Proms In The Park" in Caerphilly. One of James' compositions "No. 5" was used as part of the soundtrack for the Hollywood produced film "1 Way Up" and has been played on MTV. In 2014, James supported folk icon Dave Swarbrick, formerly of Fairport Convention. Also that year he played with jazz musicians Shanti Gordi (Vocals and keyboard), Sergi Martin (Guitar), Nito Llorens (Bass) and Terry Cox (Drummer) at the Casino Sant Climent in Menorca. Through his playing James has helped raise money for various charities including Children In Need, Scope and the NSPCC.