Legendary country singer, Blundell was born in Queensland town of Stanthorpe and brought up on a sheep and cattle station near the town. He worked as a station hand across various locations in northernAustralia but turned to music after sustaining a back injury.
James was the first young Australian country artist to create an impact on the mainstream pop charts and for many years was the highest selling country artist in the nation. James was also the first Australian country act to sign a major label recording deal in Nashville paving the way for the likes of Keith Urban, Kasey Chambers and others. James has been the recipient of 9 CMAA (Country Music Association of Australia) Golden Guitar Awards, double platinum, platinum and gold sales awards and is a 5 time ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Award nominee
with one win to his name.
James’ 9th studio album ‘Portrait of a Man’ was released in 2009 and later that year he was named as a finalist for Male Artist of the Year (a feat he has now achieved for the third album running) at the 38th Country Music Awards of Australia. A long known supporter of young talent James was approached by Mushroom Music to be involved with the talent search ‘Telstra Road To Tamworth’ during 2009. His role as a judge, spokesman and mentor continues throughout the 2010 competition.
In August 2010 James started work on a play titled ‘The Ultimate Rock N Roll Jam Session’ alongside Dave Larkin (Dallas Crane), Nick Barker & newcomer Ezra Lee. The show which tells the story of one electrifying day in 1956 when four of America’s top recording artists of the time - Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins - met and forever changed the face of popular music is re-created in this new Australian show. How these mega-stars came to record together for the first and only time is told in ‘The Ultimate Rock N Roll Jam Session’, which took place at Sun Records in Memphis. The event is premiering in leading suburban venues ahead of a season in Brisbane in late 2010 and the Sydney Opera House in February 2011 followed by an Australia-wide tour.