Artist from Italy

Since his humble beginnings at small coffee shops 2003, James has established himself as one of the most reliable and consistent solo artists on the East and West Coasts.  In addition to performing, James utilizes his marketing background to book and promote artists from across the US at various venues in Rhode Island and is passionate about further developing a scene where pure talent can find success.

James is truly a professional when it comes to live performances. He is constantly updating his repertoire of music while maintaining his own sense of originality. His voice has been compared to the likes of Buddy Holly and Chris Isaak and continues to evolve. His arrangements include intricate guitar work and uncanny mash-ups making for a conversation piece at any performance.

His ability to bridge the gaps between generations has been appreciated by diverse crowds all across the world. With an intriguing professional background  (including two years performing for Carnival Cruise Lines at sea) James has developed a skillset that incorporates improvisational original songs, exceptional guitar work, and a live production style that displays a pure passion for entertaining. His ability to create a unique and personalized experience for audience members makes for memories that are often discussed across all of his social media platforms.Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 7.57.00 AM

To top it off, his viral video “Busted! Guy On Plane” made international headlines in 2015, reaching the likes of Fox NewsThe Daily Mail UK, and Australia’s #1 radio show The Kyle and Jackie O Show, hitting
more than 10 million views worldwide

James prides himself on being labeled as a professional musician and aims to prove to the world that starving musicians are a dying breed while thriving entertainers and artists are here to stay.


Where has James performed recently?

Skyline at Waterplace (Providence, RI)

James truly brings a crowd to life! He gets the party started by involving and interacting with the audience no matter what the occasion. If you are looking for a true professional and terrific entertainer, look no further… James Grande is the man!

-David Pontarelli, Owner – Skyline at Waterplace


Carnival Cruise Lines (Miami, FL)

James is a great performer with a very versatile skillset. He is very confident and consistent on stage, making him a very reliable performer to have at any type of venue.

-Chris Teeples, Musical Director – Carnival Legend

James Grande is a conscientious and consistent performer.  He clearly strives for excellence and never misses.  Expertise in his craft is evident in the variety of styles, quality of performance, and choice song selections.  Off the bandstand he’s a pleasure to be around and reliably fulfills the various job requirements.  As Musical Director, my job becomes significantly easier when I have a musician who doesn’t need babysat and just does his job, let alone at the level James strives for.  Thanks for your help, and your stellar performance.

-David Lux, Musical Director – Carnival Imagination

Fat Face (Garden City, Rhode Island)

Every time we have James at our retail store to play music, he brings an upbeat and friendly energy! His song picks every set keep shoppers entertained and singing along; from current top hits to his own mash-ups of songs from other decades! Our customers continuously compliment him while talking to crew members around the store and many times have said how refreshing it is to have live music from such a talented gentleman. It’s truly such a fun day to be working and shopping at FatFace when James is here playing!

– Mariel Hanson, Manager

Lincoln Center (New York, New York)
Unveiling Carnival’s newest and largest ship “Carnival Vista”.

George’s of Galilee (Narraganset, RI)

We have been working with James Grande for the past six years and absolutely love him.  At George’s, we have a very diversified clientele.  He has been able to straddle the generations with his music.  We look forward to each and every time he performs.  He is a true and passionate musician.

-Kevin Durfee, Owner

Providence G Pub (Providence, RI)

James has been a huge help with booking acoustical musicians. Over the past year I have reached out to James many times in need of a quality musician when he was not available and he always pulls through. He has also played at my venue a number of times and is loved by everyone. Keep up the great work James. Thank you for all of your help.

-Eric Shapiro, Manager

Paddy’s Beach (Westerly, RI)

James is a fantastic “one man band” and the most interactive act we have at our beachfront venue.  He is very professional and always caters to the crowd.  If you’re looking for a truly talented performer, James is your guy!

-Angela Thoman, Business Manager

South Street Restaurant (Naples, FL)
We booked James Grande to perform with us at South Street Naples this past season and were very glad we did!  Not only was James a talented singer and guitarist but his personality transmitted through his performance.  It was truly a blast to have him.  His song selection is what set him apart from our other artists and included songs we would have never expected. We can’t wait for him to return to Naples!”

-Jon Freiman, Music Business Manager

C Level Bistro & Wine Bar (Naples, FL)
We have had James perform for us several times and have never been disappointed. He is very talented and professional and we can’t wait for him to come back to C Level!”

-Tony & Michelle Denson, Owners

Main Street (Wakefield, RI)

James was hired to play a private event for our company. His talent and professionalism far exceeded our expectations and we look forward to having him perform for us again. We had so much fun!”

-Sarah Hosseini, Owner of velvet REvolution

Rhody Joe’s Saloon (South Kingstown, RI)

James Grande rocked Rhody Joe’s last week and is going to rock the house again tomorrow night! We love when he comes to play! Thanks James!”

-Jessica Ferlito, Music Coordinator / Manager of Rhody Joe’s

BLU On the Water (East Greenwich, RI)

TwoTen Oyster Bar (Wakefied, RI)

Chair 5 at the Break Hotel (Narragansett, RI)

Oceanside at the Pier (Narragansett, RI)

The Thirsty Beaver (Smithfield/Cranston, RI)

The Landing (Newport, RI)

Hard Rock Cafe – Foxwoods (Mashantucket, CT)

Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina (Newport, RI)

Newport Marriott (Newport, RI)

The Wharf Pub (Newport, RI)

The Atlantic Resort (Newport, RI)

Kai Bar (East Greenwich, RI)

What does his audience have to say?

I’ve seen James around Narragansett for years and he’s always been a crowd favorite. He was kind enough to perform at my wedding and, as usual, was great. He is an amazing reader of a crowd’s mood and played a perfect mix of songs to make everyone happy. He made a point to make sure that he catered to our wishes and picked songs that my fiancee and I liked. James is a great musician and an even nicer guy.

– Pat P.

Great performance at The Viking hotel in Newport. The few songs I got to hear ( by chance on my way out) made a last minute glass of Sangria and snack a perfect way to enjoy Newport and “get away”. Soulful and mellow and also upbeat. Look forward to hearing James again when he plays in the Boston area.

– Laura P.

You have to check out James Grande if he’s playing a gig in your area! I’ve seen him a few times on the East Coast. He has such a good vibe I decided to book a cruise to enjoy his music on the open seas! I’m kind of a cruise aficionado and he’s by far the most entertaining musician on any cruise line – ever!

– Michelle D.

Enjoyed happy hour at the bar at The Hard Rock Cafe at Foxwoods and had the bonus of getting to hear the amazing James Grande live for the first time! His covers are SO GOOD! We stayed and had more drinks than planned to enjoy more of James’s music! He is such a great artist, we will be checking to see where else he will be playing for sure!

– Gina Clapprood

I could listen to James all day long. I first heard his music on a cruise ship and was instantly gravitated towards his sound and style. He is very personable and interactive with his listeners. Overall, a great guy and musician!

– Jalen Atkinson