Band lands itself record deal

From left, Jim Harrison, Freddy James, Neil Cox
From left, Jim Harrison, Freddy James, Neil Cox

The debut single of a fledgling band will be released next summer.

The Freddy James Band has been together for just over a year, and Universal Music Group has licensed their single She Don’t Like Rock n Roll.

Band leader, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Freddy James, who hails from Aylesbury and now lives in Tring, said: “I’m ecstatic. There’s a lot of hard work to be done, we’re not out of the woods yet, but this is a step in the right direction.”

Freddy, 36, started playing the guitar at the age of eight after his parents Pearl and Fred who live in Bicester Road, Aylesbury,bought one for his birthday.

He said: “I’ve always been interested in music because Mum and Dad played it a lot.

“I remember standing out on some old boards in the garden when I was about five, pretending to be on stage playing guitar.

“After I was given a guitar I taught myself how to play, listening to Mum and Dad’s records.”

Freddy’s bandmates are Neil Cox, 36, who plays drums and Jim Harrison, 28, on bass guitar.

Most of their gigs are currently in and around London, but they hope to play in Tring and Aylesbury too.

The single, with a psychedelic rock grunge influence, will be available for download in early summer next year.

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