Born in the early ’60s, James Delia was given a guitar at the age of 5 years old. Growing up in the best era of Rock & Roll History his influences were many. From the likes of Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Jeff Beck, Van Halen, Rush, Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, Albert Lee, Danny Gatton, Roy Clark, Jerry Reed and more.
At the age of 13 his first pro gig was playing guitar for an Elvis impersonator group. In the years that followed the original groups he was part of were often acclaimed for the musicianship and performances given at many of the venues in which they performed. The most notable groups were Broken Sylense, Theater 99 and Fragile Jane.
In the ’90s he started touring professionally as a side man for various artists and traveled the world. His passion for music led him into the world of studio production at a young age, and as a music producer, arranger, audio engineer he was often called upon by various artists because of his musical mind and ears, as well as knowing how to get the best possible performances from the artists “in the can”.
When the millennium hit he was working with the famed Grace Jones as well some notable artists like Soraya Busta Rhymes, Wycliffe Jean, Pit Bull (yet unknown) as well as others from the Latin world like Jose Jose, Armando Manzenero, Raul DiBlasio either in the studio or on tour, U.S. and internationally.
In the mid 2000s he put his career on hold to care for his elderly parents who passed after 8 years.
His time now is spent with his new group performing under his own name James Delia as well as performing with Mr. Bad & The Saints™. The music he performs is a gracious blend of styles that is sure to please everyone who is a fan of not just guitar based music, but great live music always performed with heart and soul.
If you can catch him live it is often described as a memorable moment. Please try and catch him perform when he comes to a city near you and you are sure to become a fan… if you love guitar music.