James D. Gish – A Star In The Making
contributed by Jackie Brett
Catching a talent before they become a big star is always exciting and an experience you always remember. This reporter saw Al Jarreau and LeAnn Rimes before they were names everyone knew. Now there’s a chance for folks to witness a new talent on the rise…James D. Gish.
A friend who is his great aunt contacted me about him and on her word I took a friend to see Gish last Saturday perform an afternoon hour concert at the Clark County Library. It was an inspiring experience to say the least.
The classical crossover tenor is being described as a modern-day Andrea Bocelli; however, as a good looking youthful 21-year-old and an actor as well, Josh Groban comes to mind.
Gish was born in Las Vegas before his family moved to the small town of Bullhead City, Ariz. He was focusing more on sports such as track and fencing, until a friend heard him sing and recognized his real talent. Since then, Gish has performed coast-to-coast in a variety of concerts and professional theatre engagements. He just finished a month-and-a-half role in “Newsies” at the Phoenix Theatre on Jan. 1.
As insurance of sorts, Gish put himself through business school at the Barrett Honors College of Arizona State University in three years by performing in productions culminating in more than 400 performances.
But it is his incredible voice which brought him to the music capital of the world, Nashville, Tenn., to produce his debut album with DW Music at Warner Brothers Studios, featuring a 53-piece orchestra and full supporting choir. His solo classical crossover album, “So In Love,” hit the Top 10 on iTunes for the full week of its release.
Gish’s 20-minute CD has five songs: “So In Love,” “Nella Fantasia,” “Roads,” “Music of the Night,” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”
Gish has two more appearances arranged this week at local libraries. Accompanying him is pianist Joey Singer who has played and recorded with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Singer having just met Gish for last weekend’s show was sharing his amazement with Gish’s talent and charisma.
Gish’s next free public concerts are at the Performing Arts Center in the Summerlin library Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and the Auditorium in the Windmill Library with Susan Anton making a special guest appearance Sunday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m.