From making 3-pointers to making beats, Anthony James has always had big dreams and even bigger determination to make them happen! This week’s influencer shared with New Celebrity all about his music that blossomed during quarantine, his exclusive merchandise line, and the skills that landed him where he is today.
Taking it back to 2016, Anthony found himself playing with music production software on his mom’s computer… Little did Anthony know, his music career was born! Growing up with the sounds of the ’80s and ’90s, Anthony’s father had a huge influence on his love for music and it shows in his songs today. “Music was a constant thing in my life.” Although his musical roots come from an R&B background, Anthony James is not afraid to play with other sounds! From “JAMESTIME” to “Ride With Me” you’ll notice that Anthony admires all genres of music and doesn’t stick to just one. “My taste is super versatile.”
The success did not come easy for the talented Anthony James as he found himself on a plateau during COVID-19. “I was just feeling real stagnant during the COVID period because I wanna do things to help myself but I didn’t know what to do.” Coming from live performances, quarantine hit the young musician hard. Although he felt unmotivated, Anthony James walked out of quarantine, an artist! Releasing six singles within a time period of six months, the self-taught musician took a challenging time and turned it into a successful one that brought out his creativity and love for music. Since then, Anthony has been active on TikTok and other social media platforms by sharing some of his favorite tunes as part of the #30daysongchallenge.
Having a strong admiration for fashion, Anthony James knew he had to put out his very own merch line! “95AJAMES” features an exclusive collection of hoodies, tees, and much more. Making it wearable for everyone, Anthony designed simple white T-shirts that anyone can rock. Anthony has big plans to expand his merch line in the future by creating pieces that are more detailed and tailored to certain styles. From drawing sketches of his merch at a job orientation to wearing his very own name on his shirt, Anthony James made his dream a reality! Just like any fashion lover and expert, Anthony says he doesn’t need new clothes to make a cool fit. He brought up his love of thrift shopping and putting together older pieces. “I have a really good time piecing together outfits from what I already have.”
“You don’t realize how far you’ve come until you’ve taken a step back.”
It’s all about who he knows! Anthony shared with New Celebrity just how much he admires networking and how it has helped him build his brand today. From face-to-face interactions, and meeting new talent to work with, Anthony James has had the opportunity to cross paths with some important people. “It gets easier to network as your network grows.” The talented Anthony James has taken his love for music and fashion and made it his career. As we get to know more about Anthony James, we are excited to see what’s next for this new influencer!
Stay tuned as we continue to discuss Anthony’s quick tips for artists tomorrow at 12pm PST!