James Holt

James Holt is a solo artist from Bolton and is receiving attention and praise from music industry giants, such as legendary producer Brian Eno, and the listening public alike.


With the craftsmanship and energy of his song writing translating effortlessly to his stage performance, and having performed at the UK’s most prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, he is an artist to watch out for in 2018. James recently took part in Manchester Hill Remembered, a unique cultural event to commemorate the forgotten WWI story of the fall of Manchester Hill in 1918, which was presented by Brighter Sound, Manchester Histories and Manchester City Council. Along with 12 other emerging musicians and the leading artists (Stuart McCallum, John Ellis, Luke Flowers, Seaming To, Liam Frost and Katie Chatburn), James spent a week-long residency composing music written inspired by the story of Manchester Hill which culminated in a poignant performance at the Manchester Cathedral April this year – in which James’ song “Safe and Sound”, based on the written letters of the POWs captured in the Battle of Manchester Hill, was featured.


“Fresh and exciting to listen to” – Brian Eno


“Sounds so great on the radio!” – Chris Douridas, KCRW (LA)


“Very talented, very wonderful – absolutely love his voice” – BBC Introducing Manchester


“With an arresting voice that is reminiscent of John Lennon or early Bob Dylan, wily lyrics and an upbeat weave of rock, prog and blues, it’s obvious to see why his remarkable music is turning heads” – Manchester Evening News.