Stepping from behind the scenes after producing rave hits for artists such as Jeff Foxworthy, Russ Taff, Marshall Chapman and Michelle Shocked, James Hollihan has finally come into the spotlight with his own CD, The Funky Misfit
Hollihan, also known as the Fabulous Mr. X, for his ability on guitar, has performed with Russ Taff, Amy Grant, The Imperials and others of legendary stature.
Inspired by the music of Henry Mancini, Michel Lerand, Johnny Mandel and Juan Garcia Esquivel, Holliman has put together an intriguing arrangement of strings, percussion, keyboard, along with his own guitar, bringing to life an often funky, often peaceful, but always entertainingten track CD.The Funky Misfit
shares some soft, wide ranged keyboard movements with masterful violin ensembles, taking the listener through romantic, late night moments.
But, it doesn't stop there. The groove takes a turn and becomes more up-tempo with a funky beat, keeping every note interesting
Jeff Steinberg, conductor of the Nashville Symphony Pops Orchestra says, "The Funky Misfits is tasteful and creative," claiming Hollihan is "gifted for melodic clarity and superb harmonic sense."
Hollihan says one of his greatest moments was when he produced "Under Their Influence"
for Russ Taff. He was warned this production was 'commercial suicide' by heads of labels. It won a grammy.
It looks like Hollihan has another winner.