Published: December 3, 2012
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MEET THE RISING STAR...
JAMES ANDERSON

Introducing SBF's member and first Rising Star, Londoner James Peter Anderson.
From an extremely young age and without any formal training, it was evident that James had a natural talent for singing and has done so with a strong passion. Since the age of 10, James has been living his dream by playing the role of the young Michael Jackson, both in the West End and on tour, in the musical Thriller Live. He also appeared on Simon Cowell's Britain's Got Talent, as part of an all-boy band called New Bounce in 2011, where they gained a very respectable 3rd place. Undoubtedly, his age is a great selling point in the 'Justin Bieber era' and his amazing gift allows him to tackle cover versions of songs by Whitney Houston, as well as Jessie J and Beyoncé with astounding results.
In 2010, James released his first single on iTunes called Children in Need, where all proceeds raised went towards this charity and has since built up a huge following on YouTube.
We asked James to tell us everything about his natural gift, his future plans, his childhood and his dreams...



James Anderson

London, Lyric Theatre
Thriller Live
James as the young Michael Jackson
2011
Quote ...after my YouTube tribute song to Whitney Houston... within 2 weeks... I gained over 1 million hits altogether...
  • Do you come from a musical or theatrical family?
    James Anderson: No. I am the first person in my family to have worked in theatre.

  • Without having any formal training, how did you first realise that you have such an amazing natural talent?
    JA: I love singing and dancing. When it comes to singing every time my family heard me sing they thought I was amazing and would ask me to sing something else.

  • Are you having vocal training now?
    JA: I have only had 4 vocal lessons when I was 9.

  • London, Lyric Theatre
Thriller Live
James with Cast
2011 Are you taking dance lessons?
    JA: I have had a few dance lessons, but would like to take some more.

  • When did you actually start to think that you could have a professional music career?
    JA: I did not really think about it, everything just seemed to fall into place.
    Quote ...with hard work and determination you can make your dream work...









  • Are you inspired by any artists in the way you sing?
    JA: Yes I am. I love listening to Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Jessie J and Chris Brown.

  • Have you been compared to other singers?
    JA: I have been compared to Justin Bieber quite a lot and also some other artists like Jawan Harris and Jacob Latimore.

  • How important has the support of your own family been in making your dream a reality?
    London, Lyric Theatre
Thriller Live
James in 'Bad'
2011 JA: My family support me 100% and are always there to back me in whatever I do, so I can consider myself very lucky and proud to have them.
    Quote ...as a solo performer you can reach your highest potential with your voice and it is easier to concentrate on what you have to do...











  • Who else has been a great support to you?
    JA: I must say I have some great friends who are also supportive.

  • Being an artist, how do you feel that young and budding artists should be groomed or motivated?
    London, Lyric Theatre
Thriller Live
James with Jermaine Jackson
2011 JA: I think that help and advice from experienced artists would be a great way to groom and motivate budding artists.

  • Can you tell us about how you got to be in Thriller Live in the West End?
    JA: I was auditioning for a show called Annie and the person in charge was wowed by my singing ability and asked if they could put me forward to audition for Thriller Live. I had 3 auditions and was delighted when I was offered the part!
    Quote ...I did not really think about it, everything just seemed to fall into place...









  • Were you confident when you went for the audition, or was it very nerve-wracking for you?
    JA: It was quite nerve-wracking. My first auditions went really well, but on my third audition I had a really bad cold, so I was not able to reach the notes the way I wanted.

  • What does it feel like to play the young Michael Jackson?
    JA: It's a unique privilege and honour to be able to play the young Michael Jackson.

  • As a teenager, now that you are touring with Thriller Live, how has your life changed and how do you combine your career with everyday life?
    Thriller Live
The Cast
L-R:
Nathan James, Dwayne Wint, James Anderson, Sean Christopher, Trenyce Cobbins
2011 JA: My life has not really changed, apart from I am extremely busy and have to balance my school work with having to work in the theatre.

  • How do you keep up-to-date with all your school work while touring with the show?
    JA: We have a tutor who is always on tour, so we do our schoolwork during the day and perform the show in the evening.

  • What do your school friends think about your success?
    JA: My friends are always supportive and some have actually come to see the show.

  • Apart from Thriller Live, what other shows have you been in?
    JA: Thriller Live is my first West End Theatre show.

  • You had a brilliant exploit in the ITV's Britain's Got Talent, where you came third with the boy-band New Bounce. What has this led too?
    London, ITV
Britain's Got Talent - Final
New Bounce: Mitchell Zhangazha, 16; James Anderson, 12; MJ Mytton-Sanneh; 13, Kuan Fyre, 14
WE ARE 3rd!!!
2011 JA: I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in ITV's Britain's Got Talent. It was an amazing experience. I am no longer part of the boy band and have been singing solo. I have been scouted by some major labels in the USA, especially after my YouTube tribute song to Whitney Houston, which went viral within 2 weeks, where I gained over 1 million hits altogether!

  • How did being part of a boy-band differ from performing solo in a musical and do you have a preference?
    JA: In a boy-band you have your friends around you and can have a laugh, but as a solo performer you can reach your highest potential with your voice and it is easier to concentrate on what you have to do.

  • Have you written any original songs or are you planning to?
    JA: I have not written any songs as yet, but I do plan to learn the art of song writing.

  • Do you have any recording projects?
    JA: I have recorded one song and am in the process of recording some more.

  • Would you like to give any personal advice to young artists from your own experience?
    London, Lyric Theatre
Thriller Live
James with Cast
2011 JA: I would say that whatever your passion is as an artist, to work extremely hard and to strive to be the best at whatever you do, because with hard work and determination you can make your dream work.
    Quote ...I love everything that relates to performing arts...








  • What do you hope to accomplish within the next ten years?
    JA: I would love to biuld up a solid career as a singer/songwriter/recording artist, as well as being a professional actor and have record breaking albums and singles! I love everything that relates to performing arts.

    Thank you James for this great interview and best of luck with your rising career!

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