Nashville soul-pop artist Jeffrey James is beginning the roll out of his new EP, East London (February 28th), having just released the first single from it, Downtown. The East London EP was birthed during a month-long songwriting trip to London in early 2019. James worked with producers such as Geoff Swan (Charli XCX, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay) Jackson Dimiglio-Wood (Shawn Mendes), Dan Weller (SikTh), and Dan McDougal (Liam Gallagher), to create a uniquely cross-Atlantic record. Jeffrey spoke with The Fountain about the single in more detail and what 2020 has in store.

TF: You have a new single out, an exciting way to kick off 2020?

I’m so freaking excited to have Downtown out in the world. I wrote and recorded it in London early in 2019 and, for a few reasons, had to wait to release it. But I feel like it makes a strong statement to start the new year. It says: “Here I am! Listen up!”

TF: And what has been the reception been like to Downtown, can you elaborate on the track?

The reception has been great so far! People seem to be connecting with both the track and the lyrics. It’s a song about not giving up, but also about realizing when you need to leave toxic relationships that tear you down. The track creates a dark and ominous mood at the start of the song, but then it opens up in the choruses to give you a feeling of hope and optimism.

TF: And can we expect an EP or LP anytime soon?

Yes! Downtown is the first single from my upcoming East London EP. I’ve got one more single releasing February 7th and then the full 5-song-EP will be out on February 28th.

TF: Can we also look forward to a tour or a Scottish gig soon to promote the new release? 

I really hope so! Nothing is on the books yet, but I know I’ll be getting back to the UK soon, and Scotland is high on my list to visit.

TF: And what has been your favourite gig to date?   

A couple years ago I played Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. After my main set that day, I had an acoustic set scheduled. It ended up being in the middle of the woods on a wood-built stage and the area could only hold maybe 50 people in the audience. It was such an intimate set in a unique environment that you never usually get to experience festivals. I’ll never forget that show.