James Intveld is a native of Los Angeles who started his career at an early age listening and singing along to his parents' recordings of Hank Williams, Sr., Dean Martin, Lefty Frizzell, and...
James Intveld is a native of Los Angeles who started his career at an early age listening and singing along to his parents' recordings of Hank Williams, Sr., Dean Martin, Lefty Frizzell, and Elvis. During the cow punk movement of the '80s, Intveld was working the same clubs as Dwight Yoakam and Rosie Flores, playing his own brand of rockabilly. He so impressed Town South of Bakersfield producers Pete Anderson and Dusty Wakeman that he was included on the second volume of the compilation series.
James recently purchased a home in Nashville, Tennessee and is currently on tour supporting the release of his 3rd solo effort on March 11, "Have Faith", on his independent record label Molenaart. He continues to live and perform in Los Angeles where he got his start, and spends the rest of his time pursuing his other careers; acting and directing. He recently finished filming his directorial debut, "Miracle at Sage Creek." His list of stage credits include Sean Penn's directorial debut, "Indian Runner," "Thing Called Love," with River Phoenix, Billy Crystal's HBO production, "61," and his most recent role staring beside Billy Bob Thorton in the motion picture, "Chrystal."
On his own, he worked as a singer/songwriter and concentrated on acting. Continuously cast in movies, TV, and videos, he was the singing voice of Johnny Depp's character in the John Waters film Cry Baby and served as a prominent player and character in videos by such artists as Kathy Mattea. Still, his music remained the centerpiece of his creative life. As a writer, Intveld wrote the Rosie Flores hit "Cryin' Over You" as well as all the material on his own 1996 effort "James Intveld."
Named the best studio recording project and the best country or roots CD of 1996 by California's Music Connection magazine, Intveld successfully produced, arranged, sang, and played all the parts on this magnificent release, dedicated to his brother and best friend, Ricky. Continuing to write and perform on a continual basis, Intveld also remained in demand for his skills as a player; as adept at the slap bass, slide, steel, and drums as on guitar, he sat in with the Blasters periodically and often held down percussion duties for bluesman Lester Butler. A regular player around L.A., Intveld was also involved on recording projects with Kathy Robertson and the tribute CD "Turning the World Blue," honoring Gene Vincent.
James' second solo CD "Somewhere Down the Road" followed in mid-2000.