Winnipeg-based Sol James is a force to be reckoned with, with a voice to match. A unique take on roots/blues with a soulful flair, her music is joyful and honest, leaving audiences smiling, dancing, and celebrating the great stuff of life. Sol’s stage presence calls out to even the meekest of souls, breaking down walls and bringing the light in. She does this with a dependable dose of hilarity. You can hear a Sol James audience laughing a mile away.
"Sol James has an honesty in her songwriting. She isn't afraid to say it like it is. It's refreshing to hear someone with a voice like hers tell us what it is we need to hear!"
- Murray Pulver
With a strong and agile voice that leaves audiences amazed and moved, Sol James puts on a powerful show.
“The first time I saw Sol James perform my jaw hit the floor. Her power and soul knocked me out!” - David Gilmore, Gilmore Guitars INC
“[Her] bold voice… was a hit. She is able to convey the joy in the blues”
– Winnipeg Free Press, Chris Smith
“There was a lot of delicacy to [her] singing, yet she knew when to go over the top.”– Winnipeg Jewish Review, Jane Enkin
Sol’s voice, musicality and creative vision is in demand in the Winnipeg scene. You might have seen her opening for Suzie Vinnick, Monkey Junk, The Brothers Landreth, Red Moon Road, Jack Semple or Sweet Alibi. You might have heard her backing vocal tracks with The Weber Brothers, Billy Joe Green Band, Dusty Roads Band, The Small Glories, Red Moon Road or Watermelon Slim.
Sol’s relatability, training, and demeanor make her an excellent teacher. A graduate of the University of Manitoba Jazz Program, she can be found teaching vocal and jazz lessons at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, and at the University of Manitoba Jazz Camp. She can also be found sharing art, expression and joy in hospital environments as a performer with Artists in Health Care.
Notable performances include: Live @The Folk Exchange, Songwriters in the City Workshop with Winnipeg Folk Fest, Winnipeg BBQ blues fest, Canada Day, New Years Eve and Barge Festival at The Forks, Fire and Water Festival, Jazz Winnipeg Festival, Dauphin Watson Arts Centre, The Music of Barbra Streisand (The Tarbut Festival), Juno Fest, Festival du Voyageur, Soul Night at The Cavern with The Solutions, ELLICE Street Fest, Manitoba Songwriters Retreat (Songworks MB 2013), Manitoba Country Music Association Artist Showcase, Lockport Family Dam Festival, and Oak Point Festival as well as numerous other venues across Western Canada.