In addition to her recordings and shows, James has also managed to tap into film and television in L.A. She did the theme to the ABC series Step By Step and was regularly featured on Ellen. She also landed a choice gig as actress Andie McDowell's singing coach for the John Travolta movie Michael (her song "Sitting by the Side of the Road," sung by McDowell, was included in the certified-gold-selling soundtrack).
James has played several of McClinton's blues cruises and a couple of Houston International Festivals since migrating west, but this will be her first Houston club date in ages. She'll be backed by a band of L.A. pros, including husband Terry Wilson on bass and another Houston expat, former Kirk Whalum drummer Herman Matthews, who's worked with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Kenny Loggins to Tom Jones. With James back on home turf and packing some extreme L.A. blues firepower in her backing ensemble, this one has the potential to be one of those "you shoulda been there" shows.