James was born in Downey, California and started playing guitar at the age of 11. At age 15 he was selected to study with Celine Romero. James earned a Bachelor of Music degree under Pablo Cohen at Mansfield University and a Master of Music under composer/guitarist Bryan Johanson at Portland State University. James has created 2 instructional DVDs for Jeffrey Ashton’s “New Guitar Method” and has published his own method “Basic Guitar Method Tidbits”. He is a guitar instructor in the greater Portland area at Clark College and Concordia University.