Ian James’ new By My Side single and music video are out now.
He shares, “”By My Side” was born out of a difficult season in life, when I had just lost a job and was searching for direction. I reminisced on the trials I had faced in life: my birth deformity, my Mother’s cancer diagnosis one week before I left for college, and my own spiral into an unhealthy party-focused lifestyle. Through all of this, I felt a “presence” encouraging me and staying by my side, and keeping me going. Whether one calls that presence “God” or not, I knew I was being guided by something greater than myself. So I wrote this song as a declaration to this realization, and as an anthem for those who truly need inspiration through extremely difficult times.”
Ian James is a Christian Pop artist from Charleston, South Carolina, who has been featured in CCM Mag and New Release Today, the two biggest Christian music publications. Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Ian began playing drums and guitar at the age of 8, performing in various school bands and ensembles. Ian decided to pursue a solo career in early 2019, realizing he wanted to share his passion for outreach and his faith through his own personal stories. He released his debut single “I Look Up” in 2019, followed by his most popular song to date, “Will for Me”, in which Ian declares his desire to follow God’s leading for his life, no matter where it takes him.
In his music and heart for others, Ian hopes to bring light to those struggling and in need of kindness and true compassion. His writing is inspired by raw, deeply personal experiences that have fully shaped who he is, and his songs undeniably reflect this message.
Ian says, “I have always been someone who has had friendships with people from all different backgrounds, regardless of faith or beliefs. I’ve always connected to all types of people, and never been sheltered into just one type of community. Sharing what I believe through my music doesn’t have to be divisive or alienate others. So my whole goal with my songs is to be that bridge between people, and I hope my lyrics speak and relate to people in all walks of life.”