James Van Cooper is an Australian. He’s young, stylish and cool. He summons the sounds of Alt/Country Rock with catchy hooks and twangy guitars. He’s a man for those that like their country gnarly and epic as well as nuanced and intimate. James’ is a slick flamboyant performer and a heartfelt songwriter, he’s renowned as a wild guitarist who can leave an audience in smoking ruins.
James as a teenager cut his teeth musically playing hard and fast on the local rock and metal circuit in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. In his late teens, he struggled with addiction and by 20 years old JVC won his hard-earned sobriety. James through a chance meeting, began recording and toured Australia and Europe with Bill Chambers. By early 2018 James now 21 years of age, was stylistically gravitating more to towards Alt Country, especially Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell and he began to further blaze his own trail in the world of cool country rock.
In March/April 2018 James Van Cooper went to USA to record his debut album with famed LA Producer Scott Campbell. James’ new record “Coming Home” released September 2018 represents an edgy alternative to Nashville Country/Pop. “Coming Home” is an authentic slab of “New Country Rock”, 10 tracks played in a captivating style, presenting James as a polished performer but not contrived.
James is a strong Mental Health advocate and travels as an R U OK? Ambassador, speaking all around the country about his life in addiction, mental health and finding help. James is also an ambassador for the Wellness Walk, which takes place every October – having people walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise money and awareness for mental health resources and charities.