One of the UK’s most accessible soul-funk-jazz artists, James Brown Is Annie met in a piano bar, rehearse next to a sex shop, and take their name from an Eddie Murphy Saturday Night Live sketch.
Supported by National Arts body, Creative Scotland, the group’s two albums (JBiA I and JBiA II) were produced by original Average White Band members Molly Duncan (2015) and Hamish Stuart (2018).
Regulars on Scottish national television and radio, JBiA’s second single, Get Up To Get Down, was a BBC Radio Scotland ‘Single Of The Week’ in April 2016.
The only band to have headlined two different stages at the famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party (Waverley Stage 2012, Mound Stage 2017), playing to over 80,000 people, the Scottish sextet have shared stages with some of music’s top recording artists (Average White Band, The Family Stone, Kaiser Chiefs, Electric Six, etc.) at some of the country’s most prestigious venues, selling out many along the way.
‘The funk is strong with these ones’ – DAILY RECORD
‘Proof that Scotland has the funk’ – THE HERALD
‘A perfect example of just how much fun funk can be’ – THE SCOTSMAN
‘Seriously funky’- JAZZ FM
‘Super-tight horns, funky rhythm section, and cool vox’ – THE TIMES
‘Really cool’ – BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
‘An infectious beat that is hard to resist dancing to’ – THE SUN