James Smart is an established singer/ songwriter and seasoned all round entertainer, performing his own songs, Scottish music and classic pop hits through the decades to audiences from overseas and Europe. James is currently studying German as part of his Language Studies degree which has proven useful in his cabaret shows. He is also well known as a stage hypnotist and for his tribute to Queen front man Freddie Mercury.
However, in February 2017 James formed a brand new vocal harmony group with 4 of his friends called 'ScotSoul', to take part in BBC1's exciting new Saturday night entertainment show 'Pitch Battle'. After months of rehearsals, the quintet appeared on the second ever episode of the show which aired on Saturday 17th June 2017. The group fought off some fierce competition on the show including a cappella sensation ‘Out Of The Blue’ and the amazing male swing quartet ‘The Fly Boys’ to be crowned heat winners by the legendary Chaka Khan, securing their place in the LIVE final on BBC1 in July.
The first ever BBC1 ‘Pitch Battle’ final aired LIVE on Saturday 22nd July 2017. Soul music legend Chaka Khan invited 'ScotSoul' to join her performing one of her all time classic hits, ‘I’m Every Woman’ before the group fought off tough competition from Tring Park 16 in order to perform an a cappella version of Sam Smith's 'Lay Me Down'. Although a stunning performance, the group secured a respectable top 3 position, having missed out to the amazing a cappella group 'All The King's Men' (runners up) and 'Leeds Contemporary Singers' (winners) as the top 2 acts.
'Pitch Battle' has without a doubt been the most amazing experience in James career to date and he looks forward to continuing as a solo artist as well as regular media, corporate, theatre and guest appearances with ScotSoul
James also featured on a British Academy award nominated documentary for BBC Scotland called "Viva Variety" and performed his debut song "Home Is Where The Heart Is" on BBC Newsnight back in 2014.
The new album 'Scotland Forever' by James Smart is NOW available exclusively on his website www.scottishentertainer.co.uk and features the funny Scottish hit single 'Whit's Fur Ye'll No Go By Ye', plus 4 additional original tracks (including 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' above) and his own brand new version of 'Loch Lomond', set to be the next single release in the Autumn 2017.
James is available for cruise ships, theatre, corporate events, functions, festivals, private events and hotels. You can see more videos of James performing LIVE below