Armed with soulful vocals and dept songwriting, Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow has been compared with the likes of Sam Smith and Jack Johnson, but stands on his own as a consummate, committed performer who isn't averse to leaving his comfort zone to realize his musical ambitions.
Colored with hip-hop and R&B influences, McMorrow's songwriting is reflective and authentic, stretching from the artist's acoustic beginnings to a blend of folk, soul and funk.
James Vincent McMorrow background
Born in Ireland, James Vincent McMorrow grew up with a taste for the hard-edged sounds of the post-hardcore punk genre epitomized by bands like At the Drive-In and Glassjaw. In college, he found himself drawn to the more acoustic music of Sufjan Stevens, Band of Horses and the singer-songwriter era of the '70s.
McMorrow's debut album, Early in the Morning, was released in 2010 to a favorable reception the U.K. and the U.S. His follow-up, 2014's Post Tropical, was a hit in Ireland, where it reached No. 2.
McMorrow stretched himself for We Move, his most recent album, traveling between L.A., Toronto, London and Dublin in the effort to combine his love for hip-hop and R&B with his folk roots and simultaneously creating a sound that Pitchfork called "elegant... new and fluid."
McMorrow was featured on the third promotional single for Cloud Nine, the first album by Norwegian DJ/producer Kygo.
James Vincent McMorrow Covers
McMorrow has recorded several well-received covers. His version of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" brought him new fans when it was made part of a successful ad campaign.
The first full-length trailer for season six of Game of Thrones used McMorrow's cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game."