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James House
Background information
Birth name James Andrew House
Born March 22[1]
Origin Sacramento, California, United States
Genres Country, Country pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, acoustic guitar
Years active 1990-present
Labels MCA, Epic, Friday, Dream On
Associated acts Diamond Rio
Martina McBride
Dwight Yoakam

James Andrew House (born March 22 in Sacramento, California) is an American country music artist. Originally a member of a group called the House Band, James began his country music career in 1990 on MCA Records, recording two albums for that label. He later penned singles for Diamond Rio and Dwight Yoakam, before finding another record deal on Epic Records in 1994. That year, he charted two Top 40 singles on the Billboard country charts, including the Top ten hit "This Is Me Missing You". He has also written singles for Diamond Rio, Dwight Yoakam and Martina McBride.



James House's musical career began in a band called the House Band, which was signed first to Warner Bros. Records and later to Atlantic Records.[1] In addition, House served as vocal coach for Dustin Hoffman on the movie Ishtar.[1]

House later moved to Nashville in 1988[2] and signed as a solo artist on MCA Nashville in 1990. On that label, he recorded two albums: James House and Hard Times for an Honest Man.[3] The former accounted for "Don't Quit Me Now", a #25 on the country charts, while the latter produced no Top 40 hits. After exiting MCA, he co-wrote "Ain't That Lonely Yet" for Dwight Yoakam and "In a Week or Two" by Diamond Rio, both of which peaked at #2 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in the early 1990s.

By 1994, House had signed to Epic Records. His first album for that label, Days Gone By, was released that year, producing his highest-charting single in the #6 "This Is Me Missing You". The album's title track, while not a single, was featured in the soundtrack for the movie The Cowboy Way.[4] In addition, the album featured collaborations with Raul Malo, Trisha Yearwood and Nikki Nelson.

Although House never entered Top 40 on the country music charts again after "This Is Me Missing You", he made an appearance on The Beach Boys' album Stars and Stripes Vol. 1, which featured re-recordings of Beach Boys songs with country music artists. He also continued to write songs for other artists. In late 1997, Martina McBride reached the top of the country charts with "A Broken Wing", which House co-wrote.[5] House also contributed three songs to Steve Holy's debut album Blue Moon.




Year Album details Chart Positions
US Country US Heat
1989 James House
1990 Hard Times for an Honest Man
  • Released: August 17, 1990
  • Label: MCA Records
1995 Days Gone By 48 19


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1989 "Don't Quit Me Now" 25 James House
"That'll Be the Last Thing" 52 78
"Hard Times for an Honest Man" 48 69 Hard Times for an Honest Man
1990 "Southern Belles" 76
"You Just Get Better All the Time" 60
1994 "A Real Good Way to Wind Up Lonesome" 52 79 Days Gone By
1995 "Little by Little" 25 27
"This Is Me Missing You" 6 10
"Anything for Love" 49 33
1996 "Until You Set Me Free" 90
2009 "American" If I Had My Way (unreleased)
"I Love You Man" TBD

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1996 "Little Deuce Coupe" The Beach Boys 69 41 Stars and Stripes Vol. 1

Music videos

Year Video Director
1989 "Hard Times for an Honest Man"
1994 "A Real Good Way to Wind Up Lonesome"
1995 "Little by Little"
"This Is Me Missing You"
"Anything for Love"
1996 "Little Deuce Coupe" (with The Beach Boys) Steven Monroe


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