For Joel James it all started with an abandoned 8 track he found at school at age 11. His guitar playing would never be the same after being introduced to KISS' Destroyer. Mesmerized by the costumes, the music, and sheer performance of the band, he spent hours in front of the mirror striking poses and pretending he was the lead guitarist of KISS. Little did Joel know that his love of musisc would one day lead him to the very person that he pretended to be ... Ace Frehley.
Fast forward many years and Joel has played in his own bands, as well as worked as guitar tech for quite a few highly regarded artists; Atreyu, Smash Mouth, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Ace Frehley! and currently, Collective Soul.
Joel is currently looking for an opportunity to perform, write and record. Joel is an exceptional bassist but most of all is an amazing all around guitarist, so much so that Collective Soul asked him to fill in when their guitarist had to miss a show when his first child was born. Joel is a well versed bluesman, and really shines in his first love, Rock and Roll. As a well seasoned performer, Joel's onstage performance enhances any show... as Joel says, 'Audiences aren't blind. They want to watch a show as well as listen to it, so you really have to give them their money's worth. You have to put on a performance!!"