Ganessa James Bio

I think I was born loving music.

Singer, songwriter, guitar and electric bassist Ganessa James makes irresistible music. She has 20 years experience playing bass in soul, funk, and rock music bands. Ganessa got her start on the independent music scene in Brooklyn, where, while playing bass for funk/rock band blaKbushe, she was tapped to join Saul Williams on a North American tour: playing stages from the Wiltern in Los Angeles to Coachella. She briefly served as the NYC bassist for the rock-funk diva artist JOI. She has toured internationally as a bassist, guitarist and vocalist with Tamar-Kali and the Black Rock Coalition Songwriters Tribute. She began working with Toshi Reagon in 2009 and continues to record and play in a selection of Toshi's many incredible projects - she's honored to be a part of the BIGLovely family. Ganessa is also one half of Onliest, a project co-created with her twin sister Tiffany James. Their performances feature harmony driven duets laced with the impish, spontaneous quality born of a lifelong connection and obsession with music.

Ganessa is deeply committed to working in collaboration with other artists and to supporting social justice with her art. She played bass on the forthcoming record from Shelley Nicole's blaKbushe, produced by Vernon Reid. She has co-written music with Gina Breedlove, recorded on Dan Zanes Leadbelly project, and played guitar for many years for Chaney Sims. She has collaborated with educator/activist Micia Mosely, choreographer/activist Maria Bauman (MBDance). She's performed at Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, Brooklyn Art Exchange, the Audre Lorde Project, and recently played bass for the historic Women's March on Washington.

Ganessa's solo acoustic EP 'Believer' (available on iTunes) reflects an exploration of personal vulnerability in her songwriter's journey. Inspired by the likes of James Taylor, Donny Hathaway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Take 6, her Believer EP is a suite of stunningly earnest acoustic love songs. Her original compositions and collaborations are inscribed with a passion for creating connections, exploring the vulnerability of our own authentic stories, and an immense respect for the revolutionary power that opens up when music resonates inside us all. 'Believer' is available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby. Check it out on Spotify, and listen to her works in progress on Soundcloud.