Bio

Ivy James is an acoustic-driven pop-rock artist from Oakville, Ontario, Canada. For fans of artists like Phillip Phillips, Cady Groves and Marianas Trench, Ivy is putting a fresh spin on a popular genre. She is already making a big impact in the industry and media.  Dave McMillan (Big Wreck, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen) says, “Ivy understands the importance of performance and putting on a good show.” Craig Norris of CBC Radio calls her a “brilliant singer-songwriter.”

After the release of her debut EP, Ivy James won Best Young Songwriter at the Toronto Independent Music Awards and was a finalist for Best Female Artist in the International Acoustic Music Awards. She was also a finalist in the Hamilton Music Awards Rising Star Search and a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest and International Songwriting Competition.
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The latest performance highlights for Ivy James include Festival of Friends 2016 in Hamilton, Burlington's Sound of Music Festival 2016, the Indie Week Canada 2015 finals, Canadian Music Week, the Hamilton Music & Film Festival, KOI Music Festival, Canada Day at Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park and JuneFest at Toronto's Mel Lastman Square. Ivy James has also opened for bands including Crystalyne and The Johnstones, and shared the stage with Rik Emmett (Triumph), Micah Barnes (The Nylons) and Blair Packham (The Jitters).

She released her second EP, Every Time You Think of Me, produced by Justin Zoltek of Steal! Records, in December 2016.

Awards Highlights:

Toronto Independent Music Awards Nominee (2016)
Finalist, Indie Week Canada (October 2015)
Best Young Songwriter, Toronto Independent Music Awards (October 2012)
Best Promotional Campaign, Kitchener Indie Awards (May 2013)
Finalist, Hamilton Music Awards Rising Star Search (November 2012)
Finalist, Best Female Artist, International Acoustic Music Awards (February 2013)
Semi-Finalist, UK Songwriting Contest (December 2012)
Semi-Finalist, International Songwriting Competition (February 2013)
 
Performance Highlights:

Festival of Friends 2016 (Hamilton, ON)
Sound of Music Festival 2016 (Burlington, ON)
Indie Week Canada Finals 2015
Canadian Music Week 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
KOI Music Festival 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (Kitchener, ON)
Oakville Jazz Festival 2014
Hamilton Music & Film Festival 2014
Indie Week Canada 2013
Canada Day Festival 2013 (Burlington, ON)
Hamilton Music Awards 2012 (Hamilton, ON)
JuneFest 2012, 2013 & 2014 (Toronto, ON)
Hugh’s Room (Toronto)
 
What the media/industry have to say:


“Ivy understands the importance of performance and putting on a good show.”
- Dave McMillan (Big Wreck, Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber)

"Brilliant singer-songwriter..."
- Craig Norris, Host, CBC Radio 89.1

“She is the smartest kind of artist you’re ever going to find. She’s got the kind of smarts that are so beyond her years that people in the industry already recognize that she’s got a potentially important career ahead of her.”
- Micah Barnes (Juno nominated artist, former member of The Nylons)

"Her newest single and video "Leave A Light On" is fantastically filmed and a real throwback to early 2000's pop rock. Reminding me of Paramore, Avril Lavigne, Lillix, this song fits perfectly into a pocket that has been empty for too long."
- Hammer Records

“Ivy James' debut EP is comprised of six incredibly emotional tunes, adorned only with a single acoustic guitar. Hear her lay everything bare on Thunder and Your Escape (Nate’s Song).”
- Noah Siegel, New Canadian Music (a Slaight Music company)

"In June of 2012, James released her acoustic self-titled EP–a record filled with personal experiences and cathartic lyrics. And just like that, she was named Best Young Songwriter for the tracks ”Thunder” and “Your Escape (Nate’s Song)" by the Toronto Independent Music Awards this past October."
- Toronto Rhapcity

“We’ve played Ivy James' Your Escape (Nate's song) before... and we loved it.”
- Sonidos Inevitables, 91.7 FM, Radio Mexiquense

“The 16-year-old has already made quite a career for herself and now she’s been rewarded for her hard work.”
- Dominik Kurek, Oakville Beaver

“James’ songs are very mature and have such emotion in them that we did not believe the artist was only 16-years-old the first time we heard her music. The lyrics that were written by James herself are raw and leave the singer vulnerable.”
- Amanda Maruca, EventThrill

"She’s only 16-years old, but Ivy already possesses a songwriting talent and a musical maturity well beyond her years...it’s pretty clear - Ivy’s foray into the music world is not temporary."
- Tunezy

Discography

December 2016: Every Time You Think of Me
June 2012: Ivy James EP