Cole James


SHIFTER’s Artist of the Month for May is Cole James, an emerging west coast artist based out of Vancouver, British Columbia with melodic and spacey vocals. He is influenced by R&B, hip-hop and dancehall music, creating a energetic but easy listening vibe. Cole has accumulated 500,000 plus streams across all platforms and has performed at various venues and nightclubs in Vancouver.

Before doing music, Cole James was a child actor seen in many TV shows and movies, including “Diary of a Whimpy Kid”. He also appears in vlogs from YouTuber FaZe Mito.

Artist Name: Cole James

City/Country: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Art form/creative discipline: R&B and hip-hop artist

What has been your biggest creative/professional accomplishment so far? 

500,000 streams across all platforms. Having my music played in many different Vancouver nightclubs.

Who are your biggest creative inspirations?

24hrs, LeBron James, Ty Dolla Sign, PNB Rock

If money wasn’t an option I’d be…

Be happy as long as people could hear my music!

In 5 years I will be…

Able to make a living and support myself from music, and creating projects that I am truly proud of, that will resonate and create emotion for the listener. I also want to provide an opportunity to help others reach their full musical potential while being involved in the growth of Vancouver hip-hop and R&B.

Something everyone should know about me is…

All my music is recorded and mixed in my bedroom! I’ve never been to a real studio in my life.

If I could give one piece advice to my fellow creators it would be…

To create something that represents yourself, because once you have found out how to be “you” nobody can do that better than yourself.

Recent and upcoming projects:

I dropped a new track called “Stay” on May 1st which will be followed up by an upcoming project in the near future.

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