Don’t Sleep On | James Vincent McMorrow


A few months ago, I featured a singer/songwriter from Ireland by the name of James Vincent McMorrow on Are You Feeling This. He has been Ireland’s answer to Justin Vernon’s Bon Iver, but he is more than that. One one note, both James and Justin recorded their albums in an isolated house. Justin recorded his album in the woods of Wisconsin, while James recorded his by the sea in Ireland. The one thing I find amazing about his album is that he produced the entire album himself.  He recorded his album “Early In The Morning” with one mic, and some old instruments. Even though you would consider this a folk/pop album, I can’t help think of artists such as Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke. By that, I do not mean the sound of Otis or Sam, but the passion and soul that these artists brought to their music.

I’m not the only one to think that James Vincent McMorrow is an artist that should not be slept on. Artists such as Al Green, Tracy Chapan, Mark Ronson, Iron and Wine, and the forementioned Bon Iver have invited James to play alongside them. Unfortunately, his album was only available as import or from his website, until now.

In an email he sent to his fans yesterday, he has signed a label contract with Vagrant Records.

“I’m so excited to be able to officially announce that I have signed to Vagrant Records in North America, and they will now be re-releasing my album in The US and in Canada. I don’t have any specific dates for the release just yet, I only put pen to paper on this late last night, but we’ve been working incredibly hard over the last couple of months putting this together, so I wanted to share the news!

Having met and talked with a lot of different labels over the last few months trying to find the perfect home for me and my songs, as soon as I spoke to the guys at Vagrant I was completely sold, their commitment and passion for what I do is incredible, and I cannot wait to get working with them.

You might have not of heard of the label, but I bet you know their artists.  Vagrant is home to such artists as Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Pete Yorn, The Hold Steady, and STARS to name a few. So he is definitely in good company.  Vagrant plans to re-released his album “Early In The Morning.” There is no release date as of yet, but I’m pretty sure you are going to hear a lot about Mr. McMorrow in the near future.

In the meantime, check out these videos of James Vincent McMorrow, and then download his song, “Early In The Morning” via RCRDLBL.

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2 Responses

  1. James Vincent Mcmorrow is great. He’s tone in his voice just makes the listeners feel calm. When he sings you feel like he is speaking to you personally. The words in the songs are powerful on their on but when James sings them he stresses the important meaning. It’s just him and his back ground singers with their instruments. When listening, I can tell that he wants the words to be heard and not just the song.
    His lyrics are powerful to me in my life. James songs speak to me. He talks about love and how waiting happens when someone is in love. My boyfriend right now is gone in Basic Training and this song touches me. The words James is talking to me personally. The lyrics ” I will wait there…follow follow me down to the red oak tree…carry carry down.” has the meaning of waiting for his love to come reunite with him. Those lyrics make me think of me counting down the days until I can see my boyfriend. I am waiting patiently for my boyfriend to follow follow me down anywhere.

    James Vincent McMorrow is talented in his writings and singing. I hope he will come to the United States and I will be able to see him live. I can only imagine the goosebumps I will get from hearing him sing live!

  2. Thank you for your very personal and sincere comment. I totally agree with you on his music. He is very soulful.

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