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Carter James

Carter James
Background information
Birth name Carter Evan James
Born 28 July 1989 (1989-07-28) (age 20)
Origin Masterton, New Zealand
Genres Pop, Rock, RnB, Indie
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels Congo Records

Carter Evan James (born 28 July 1989) is an Australian singer-songwriter. Best-known for his hit song "Dead in your Trax", the first single from his forthcoming debut album. His single "Dead in your Trax" reached number one on the ARIA Charts singles chart in July 2008. James is the eldest of two siblings, his sister an upcoming model and actress.[1]

In July 2008 James announced recording had been completed on a debut album tentatively entitled 19.

2008 has seen James becoming an activist for several causes. He has lobbied for legislation that subsidizes environmentally friendly housing, and is working on a benefit concert to deal with animal curelty issues.[2]


Music career


Popularity on MySpace

James created an account on MySpace and began posting demos in November 2007.[3] The demos attracted thousands of listeners. James also produced two mixtapesMy First Mixtape and My Second Mixtape — to promote his work: they included tracks by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dizzee Rascal, and Ludacris. As he accumulated tens of thousands of MySpace friends, The Observer Music Monthly (OMM), a magazine published in The Observer, took interest[4] Few people outside of his label's A&R department knew who he was, so the label was slow in responding to publications wanting to report about him.[5]

In January 2008, OMM included an article about James's success through MySpace, and he received his first major mainstream coverage appearing in the magazine's cover story two months later. The success of his songs convinced his label to allow him more creative control over the album and to use some of the songs that he had written instead of attempts to work with mainstream producers.[6]

He currently has 477478 friends on his page.


James's debut album, 19, is due to be released in December 2008. The album features between 11 and 14 tracks (depending on the copy of the CD), some of which were previewed on his MySpace page,[7] including the single "Dead in your Trax", co-written with Jenni Wall.

Social activism

Animal cruelty

James has been working close with Animal Right Organisation ''. He even organised a concert to raise awareness to acts of animal cruelty.[8]



  1. ^ - James's MySpace
  2. ^ - Carter James Official Site
  3. ^ Pitchfork - Pitchfork
  4. ^ - Observer
  5. ^ Pitchfork - Pitchfork
  6. ^ Pitchfork - Pitchfork
  7. ^ CarterJamesmusic - Carter James MySpace page
  8. ^ - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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