From his first professional recording experience at Abbey Road Studios, aged seventeen, to tours, television and concert work with a stellar cast comprising Bryan Ferry, Rod Stewart, Joss Stone, Belinda Carlisle, Lily Allen and countless more, James Nisbet has honed his musical skills over more than twenty years across a range of disciplines and to international acclaim. In consistent demand as a session guitarist, both in the studio and on the road, he has also built a sound reputation as a producer, composer and songwriter.
Born into the music business – his father published Bob Dylan, his mother worked for the Beatles at Apple – he discovered the guitar in infancy and has never looked back. Post-academic employment as an engineer at New York's Bearsville Studios led to sessions with Cindy Lauper, Yes and Bob Clearmountain. Since his return to the UK, he had devoted his life to writing, performing and producing music across all genres.
Not only have his original compositions been performed by many high-profile rock and pop artists, but his commercial and TV clients include Mars, Kellogs, Oxo and GMTV. In addition, as a skilled and patient Musical Director, he has toured the globe with the greats.
James is currently working on his own project 'SINNA'. Having played some well-received gigs on the recent Fun Loving Criminals tour, the band's first single is slated for release this year. In addition to his work with the Ailerons, the indie rock band featuring Dave Rowntree, drummer with Blur, James is an indispensable component of the popular acoustic line-up California Dreaming, who perform sell-out gigs all over London.
He has also regularly MD'd the house band at Ronnie Scott's, with artists such as Jeff Beck, Bryan Adams and Chrissie Hynde.
GARY BARLOW 2013 Live /Promo
KYLIE MINOGUE 2010 Live/promo
VANESSA AMOROSI (MD) 2010 promo live/writing
LILY ALLEN 2009/2010 world tour
HEATHER SMALL 2009 promo live
MARI WILSON 2008 UK tour
ROD STEWART TVs/live
SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR 2007 live promo
JOSS STONE Live show
STACIE ORRICO 2006 shows
RONAN KEATING 2006 shows
RACHEL STEVENS 2006 shows
BRYAN FERRY 2006 shows
DIRTY VEGAS 2007 shows
LAURA MICHELLE KELLY 2006 shows
GABRIELLE 2005 & 2008 UK tours
MARTI PELLOW 2003 & 2005 UK tours
BELINDA CARLISLE (MD) 2004-2009 world tours
LULU (MD) 2004 UK tour
SQUEEZE Glasto & tours 2003
JAY SMITH (MD) 2002 shows
JIMMY CLIFF Mobo Awards
ST. ETIENNE 2002 world tour/2001
DANNII MINOGUE 1998 UK tour
TV scores, commercials and album tracks, including:
MARTI PELLOW – 'Between the Covers', 'Midnight In Memphis'
Sessions Memphis & London, recorded with the late, legendary pop/funk producer and arranger Willie Mitchell.
LOUISE SETARA – production for forthcoming album<
RACHEL STEVENS – tracks for the 'Come And Get It' album
LAURA MICHELLE KELLY – tracks
APPLETON SISTERS – writing and production
LULU – album tracks
DOT ALLISON – album tracks
TANITA TIKARAM – album tracks
MARTI PELLOW – Jonathan Ross
CHRISTINA AGUILERA – Parkinson
CRAIG DAVID – CD UK Jools Holland
BELINDA CARLISLE – Top Of the Pops
P AND O
FIRST PLUS FINANCE
FAMOUS-BARR DEPARTMENT STORE, USA
VINTAGE TV (all ident music)
Wide range of electric and acoustic guitars, including Les Paul/Strat/Tele
Guild, Marshall & Fender amps
Range of effects/pedals etc.