James Keith is a driven and determined individual who has always been at the forefront of his endeavors. He is a man of many talents, with a passion for both sports and music. Growing up in Orange, a small town in the NSW Central West, he and his four brothers transformed their family farm into the now-famous Mortimers Of Orange vineyard.
James' love for music was ignited at a young age, as he and his family would listen to albums all day long while working at the vineyard. Music runs in James' blood, as his father, Peter Mortimer, was a professional rugby league player for 11 years, alongside uncles Steve and Chris Mortimer, and he followed in their footsteps by moving to Sydney's Northern Beaches to play for Manly.
However, it was music that called James back home, and he returned to Orange to collaborate with producer Craig Honeysett at Dotted Eight Studios to create his debut album, "Life is Good Today." The album is a testament to James' brand of high-energy country rock, with pounding drums, blazing guitars, and anthemic choruses that support his autobiographical tales of positivity and persistence.
James draws inspiration from acts such as Luke Combs and Zac Brown Band, and the album features tracks that reflect on his upbringing in Orange, like "This Town" and "When We Were Kids," as well as ballads that explore the joys of fatherhood, like "Love of My Life." The title of the album was inspired by James' visit to Nashville in 2011, where he fell in love with country music.
Interestingly, James wrote and recorded the album during a challenging time in his life, but he chose to focus on the positive and channeled his energy into his music. The result is an album brimming with positivity and optimism, inspired by James' three children, his four brothers, and his father.
"Life is Good Today" is set for release in February 2024
BB Adams Interview with James Keith and his Single "This Town"