James Delia is an American guitarist and music producer. As either a guitarist, producer, rec/mix engineer, arranger, consultant, therapist (non-practical) or iron fist, James Delia has worked with some of the industry’s renowned talent.
At the age of five James Delia was handed his first guitar, the rest has been a “love/hate” relationship ever since. With inspirational sounds emitting from his brother’s HiFi stereo, James Delia grew to love (and hate) many different kinds of music. This was 1969 through the next 20 some odd years. “I could always count on him to have something different to be inspired or scared by.” says James about his brother’s taste in music.
Often quoted as saying, “What I do is a culmination of all I have heard and countless hours practicing all the wrong things.”
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Planning on a new tour soon and I hope to see you there to enjoy the Guitaristic Auralations.
Much Guitaristic Auralations Love!!!
James Delia ( o|===;;;™
“Life is short, enjoy the music.”
About James Delia ( o}===;;;™
Born in the early ’60s, James Delia was given a guitar at the age of 5 years old. Influences form the crooners to the best era of Rock & Roll History.
Stealing what licks he could from the likes of Chuck Berry, Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Jeff Beck, Van Halen, Rush, Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, Albert Lee, Danny Gatton, Roy Clark, Jerry Reed and more. At the age of 13 his first pro gig was playing guitar for an Elvis impersonator group. His passion for music led him into the world of studio production at a young age, working as an audio engineer at 18, and then arranger and as a music producer for over 30 years.
In the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s, the original groups he was part of were often acclaimed for their musicianship and performances. The most notable groups were Broken Sylense (cir. 1985-87), Theater 99 (cir. 1988-90) and Fragile Jane (cir. 1990-94). In the late 1990s he started touring professionally as a sideman (guitar) for various artists, as well as an audio engineer, and traveled worldwide. His clients have said he was called upon because of his musical mind and ears, as well as knowing how to get the best possible performances from them “in the can” or in a live performance.
When the millennium hit he was working with the famed Grace Jones as well some notable artists like Soraya, Busta Rhymes, Wycliffe Jean, Pit Bull (yet unknown) as well as others from the Latin world like Jose Jose, Armando Manzenero, Raul DiBlasio, Vanessa Williams either in the studio or on tour, U.S. and internationally.
In the mid 2000s he put his career on hold as cancer had struck his family, and lead to a lengthy hiatus from the music world which was further extended by the “thing we shall not mention”.
He’s working with a new group performing under his own name, as well as performing with Mr. Bad & The Saints™. The music he performs is a gracious blend of styles that are sure to please everyone who is a fan of not just guitar, but great live music always performed with heart and soul.
If you can catch him live it is often described as a memorable moment. Please try and catch him perform when he comes to a city near you and you are sure to become a fan… if you love guitar music.
Don’t miss him live!!!