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The Free Spirit of Singer/Songwriter James Larson

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The Free Spirit of Singer/Songwriter James Larson

Submitted to Record World Magazine

James Larson was born by the Mississippi River near Minneapolis, Wisconsin and had the wanderlust for travel and music in his blood from his early beginnings.

Larson talks of his early influences of music, “During my early years, I realized I had a tune in my ear and a piano playing at all times; I would always hear my mother and sister playing and singing in Church.”

“Later on, I went to a terrific grade school, Monroe Elementary in Minneapolis and began singing in the school choir. I then went on to grammar school and began singing at Bethany Lutheran, and started singing the old traditional songs like ‘Jesus Loves Me’ in front of my Mom and the whole congregation. I knew then I loved performing in front of an ‘audience’.

“After that my family moved to Waubay, South Dakota. As a freshman at Waubey High School I once again began to sing in the school choir. During my high school years I excelled in English and took up poetry. This was the beginning of my future career as a songwriter.”

Then Vietnam hit, but when Larson came home one of his songs was recorded by Reba MacIntyre recorded one of his songs. “This opened the doors for me in Nashville, and then he was blessed to have several up and coming stars record my songs from Julie Richardson, Michael Lusk and Lance Miller, who recorded a song called “The Fireman” which stayed on many independent chats as wildfires ravaged the American West and Canada. The song actually went to #1 on the Cashbox Indie Chart and stayed there for 18 months.” 

James Larson is truly a free-spirited singer/songwriter, who is a bit of a renaissance man, with no particular place to call home, travelling and living off the ways of his free spirit.

What is up and coming for James Larson?

“I spend my time now travelling and writing songs about my day to day experiences, I'm 73 years old but it feels like the best is yet to come. My future looks bright and I am looking forward to other artists recording my songs.”

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