JAMES CANNINGS, international recording musician/businessman, accomplished guitarist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, songwriter, producer, TV host and studio engineer — born in Guyana, and ex-bandleader of J.C. Intruders—is a virtual one-man band and, as such, has created a niche for himself. He travels with his guitar and amplifier to hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, hospices, schools, colleges, libraries, universities and international festivals to share his reggae/world beat renditions . He plays Reggae, Ska, Calypso, Latin, Funk, Blues, R & R, Pop, Highlife, Jazz etc. A part of his routine also includes magic and comedy. Ska, Reggae, Highlife & Jazz CDs, DVDs, Cassettes, Videos, T Shirt sale.
James Cannings says , "I am a student of the universe; it's my mission to aid in the spiritual upliftment of mankind through positive, thought-provoking lyrics." DOWNLOAD DISCOUNTED MP3 TRACKS
James Cannings can attest to "Miracles" through the healing POWER of music , having struck receptive chords of response in patients at institutions where he has performed. "Recently I have witnessed the magic of Michael Jackson's music work miracles with the autistic. Michael's music motivates them to react amazingly. They become highly animated, energized and dance like Michael. There is one in particular who dons sequin gloves, grabs the mic, dances and sings to Michael's music and does my show because he does not give up the mic once he gets it." Confirmation of the effect of Michael's music on this particular group of people came to me when I recently stopped by a costume store to replace a sequin glove for the one who does my job. His gloves got lost. I told the manager of the store about my new experience with the autistic. I asked her to guess whose music inspires this group of people. Surprisingly, she answered, "Michael Jackson." I asked her how did she know, she replied that her sister is autistic and lives in a residence for the autistic in Florida. She further stated that her sister and other residents manifest the same reaction to Michael's music - Michael Jackson's music is the only music that they respond to and love.
James Cannings offers educational lecture/performance programs. He does so through a unique blend of comedy, dance, music, and lecture routines. He offers these programs in Substance Abuse, Social Studies, and Multi-Cultural/Global Studies. His hit single, "Don't Drink and Drive," is a staple in Junior High Schools in New York. He has performed it for students via the NYC Department of Transportation's Safety and Health Education Program; and it is a feature in the observance of National Alcohol Awareness Month (April).
James Cannings has a BBA degree in International Marketing from Baruch College. His degree facilitates management of all aspects of Cannings' career. "Music is a business", he explains. " I can take a song from the mind to the market through all the necessary processes". Armed with this business savvy, Cannings founded J.C. Records, JGC Entertainment Co., Can Can Music Publishing, and co-founded Capricorn Audio and Video Cassette Duplication Company. He also was founder and owner of Cannings Recording Studio, Inc.-the first and only black-owned 24-track studio in Manhattan during the time of its existence.
James Cannings founded a Performing Rights Organization - Our Own Performance Society, Inc. (OOPS) .- a not-for-profit corporation, which champions performing rights' needs and lobbies the US Congress, the Copyright Office et al. on behalf of songwriters and music publishers. OOPS also collects and distributes performance royalties on behalf of songwriters band music publishers OOPS Statutes
James Cannings is proud of sharing his reggae/world vision with US Presidents. By invitation of former President Carter, he was a guest at the White House in 1979; and his files boast responses from Presidents Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Obama and from NYC's first African American Mayor, Mayor David Dinkins — acknowledging both their receipt of his music and consideration of his opinions.
The United Nations passed resolution A/RES/55/282 in 2001, designating Sept. 21, of each year as International Peace Day.Visit: peaceoneday.org www.idpvigil.com for International Peace Day up to date info. "As an entertainer / businessman I am committed to world peace." James Cannings, sponsored through ACHEE, www.achee.org has and continues to perform for all vigils since 2001. Vigils are held each year at New York City's Central Park Bandshell. www.vigil4internationalpeace.org In 2007 James Cannings was recognized by the Universal Peace Federation and the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace as an Ambassador for Peace. James Cannings performs Caribbean Life This year 2012, the Vigil will be held at Central Park Bandshell on September 21, 2013. All are invited the admission is FREE.
James Cannings has been releasing records since 1975. Reggae, Ska, Highlife & Jazz CDs, DVDs, Cassettes, Videos, T Shirt sale His first single on Empire Records (U.S.A)— released in the W.I., Africa and Canada by WIRL Records— was #32 on the top 40 charts of WHSB radio in the U.S. Tyrone Downie, keyboardist with Bob Marley & the Wailers programmed James´ U.S. A/C crossover record "As Time Goes On", that was listed in the 1986 Gavin Report Adult Contemporary Chart. Downie played keyboards on this recording. In the West Indies, James was keyboardist with Jackie Opel, vocalist of the Troubadours of Barbados. James also was instrumental in the initial career development of ("Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot") Arrow. On "The Best of James Cannings," album Arrow sings background vocals on "Dayo."
James Cannings has performed on U.S. national TV many times. He has performed on the Joe Franklin TV Show among others. James hosts the "James Cannings Special," aired on Manhattan Neighborhood Network.(MNN) His recent Voice of America's "Border Crossings" interview with Judy Massa was transmitted around the world via satellite, short-wave radio and the Internet. Listen to Voice of America Interview
James Cannings is quoted several times in the book "JACO, The World's Greatest Bass Player." Jaco Pastorius, bassist with Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny, "Weather Report ,"and others. Jaco performed with — and was a roommate of — Cannings. DOWNLOAD DISCOUNTED MP3 TRACKS
James Cannings' performance rights group, OOPS, clinched a deal with the Copyright Society of Ghana (COSGA) and the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK), giving both societies the right to license songs represented by OOPS. Cannings' company, JGC Entertainment Co./JC Records, also has signed a manufacturing and distribution deal with Citirock-Serengeti Music in Ghana. See Billboard
James Cannings performed in Israel — Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in July 1998,. His CDs are also available at Tower Records in Tel Aviv, Israel. See Jerusalem Post Article In Cuba he was interviewed for National TV and performed at the Cuban Jazz Festival with the popular Cuban band Jovenes Clasicos del Son. In Amsterdam he performed for Special Ed. Students on behalf of the A2A Music Convention. In the summers of '97, '99, 2001 and 2005, James Cannings performed at PANAFEST in Ghana. James Cannings performed in Ethiopia at Mother Theresa's Orphanage for the HIV infected orphan kids. James Cannings performed in London at the Kashmirklub, Flute's Bar and was interviewed on London's Choice FM radio. In October 2003 James Cannings toured Austria. His tour was sponsored by Atelier Zeller www.zeller.at. He also performed at the Hofburg. (Palace of Austrian Royalty, now the home of the Austrian Chancellor)
James Cannings has recorded five full-length albums to date,: "Music For All Seasons," "Moments," "Mother Loves Her Children," "The Best of James Cannings," See Midem 2000 Cannes, France Article and " All That Jazz and Blues "- officially in the 48th GRAMMY AWARDS ENTRY LIST 2005. According to Julian Newby - Midem Preview 2003 - "James has re - released his digitally re - mixed album ´All That Jazz and Blues,´ featuring Cannings' Jazz mentor and friend the late Frank Hewitt, and released in his memory. " Reggae, Ska, Highlife & Jazz CDs, DVDs, Cassettes, Videos, T Shirt
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