Global Songwriters Member Spotlight
James Hoppe, Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist
James Hoppe is an ASCAP songwriter and keyboardist from Los Angeles, California. James and his wife Monique, who’s an outstanding ASCAP songwriter in her own right and professional photographer, have three beautiful little girls who offer daily inspiration. James’ musical influences include singer songwriters of the early 70’s, like Elton John, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, and rock bands like the Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen and the Doobie Brothers.
At 8 years old, James studied classical piano but always had more of an interest in writing songs than playing Mozart. “My piano teacher would scream at me and tell me that I was wasting my mother’s money, since I often composed my own music rather than follow the lesson plan for the week. But through years of writing songs, I became a better musician, and in the process found my passion in life. I always felt that I didn’t choose songwriting, it chose me!”
As a teenager, James played in local rock bands. By age 18, he was gigging in premiere LA clubs like the Whiskey A-Go-Go and the Roxy. He continued to write songs and play live shows through his 20’s and 30’s, and had moderate success as an artist with one of his bands being signed to a development deal with Sony Records in 2003. Several years later, James shifted his focus to writing country and adult contemporary music; two genres that incorporated all of the influences that inspired him growing up.
James music has been featured on CBS, TBS, and the TRU Network as well as, licensed to various cable shows including a score for the original cable movie, The Enemy Within. His songs have received local and national radio airplay on 106.7 FM KROQ, 95.5 FM KLOS, KNAC.com, Songtown USA and internationally on The Voice of America.