Singer/ Songwriter/ Entertainer
A world class singer, Rick St. James performs the music of Rod Stewart and brings down the house with his salute to Rod's American and British rock, Motown, Soul and Rhythm and Blues Classics. Rick’s strong renditions of The Great American Songbook standards are another example of his unique versatility. A true singers singer, Rick has toured and recorded extensively all over the world. Rod Stewart's flamboyance, his pop rock, soul and folk influences allow Rick to be eclectic on stage and give the audience what it wants. This veteran entertainer with his band or solo, will have you standing and screaming encore after encore.
Rick is the only Rod Stewart Tribute Artist chosen as lead singer for a revival of the 70's, 80's touring and platinum recording Rod Stewart Group The show features some of the veteran players of Rod Stewart's own touring bands: Drummer Carmine Appice, guitarist's Danny Johnson and Paul Warren. Alan St. Jon on Keys, and Kenny Aaronson on bass. Phil Chen and Jimmy Crespo.
How it all started
In 2008 with tribute bands popping up all over and Rick's obvious resemblance to the superstar, Rick was encouraged to sing a few Rod Stewart songs after his blues band opened up. He made Rod part of his Rock n' Soul Show that year and it soon became the main attraction.
Rick St. James the early years
Recording at Atlantic Records, Vanguard, The Hit Factory and Capitol Recording Studios among others. Releasing original albums on independent labels and Capitol records. Rick started writing songs when he was very young and it was soon after that he recorded his first album and continues writing to this day. Playing guitar, bass, and Hammond in his earliest bands. His influences are many ....from soul, blues, and British hard rock to punk, classical, middle eastern and African rhythms. A short acting career appearing at Playhouse on The Mall and The Schubert Theater in New York City ended when he realized he was going from a difficult business to an even more difficult business. As much as he loved acting in 'live' theater, the stories of the great composers and modern dance. It was back to rock bands.
Rick has toured different parts of the world with and opened for such artists as Fleetwood Mac, Mick Jones (Foreigner) Joe Walsh (Eagles, James Gang), Black Sabbath, ELO, Blondie, The Ramones, Rod Stewart, Deep Purple's Tommy Bolin, Vinny Appice, Foghat, Joe Cocker, Jason Bonham, Danger Danger, Bette Midler, Lita Ford, Iggy Pop, to name a few,. All this happened at an early age and because he loved British rock, he moved to England. He sharpened his skills by singing with English musicians, ultimately touring Europe with metal rockers Black Widow.
Carnegie Hall, the Ritz Theater, Felt Forum, The Hard Rock Casino, The Venetian in Macau China, The Paris and NY NY Hotels in Las Vegas, the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Troubadour, Whiskey au go go and Ritz on Sunset Strip, Paradiso Holland, Marquee Club, Electric Ballroom, Hippodrome-London, CBGB's and Max's Kansas City plus many more clubs and theaters around the world.
Rick has enjoyed other careers, mostly helping others to help themselves. By re-inventing himself over and over again throughout his career, it has kept him and his rock n roll spirit alive. This richness of spirit is obvious when you watch Rick on stage. He leaves his heart there, his energy is infectious, and his role as Rod Stewart brings the audience to their feet. Singing along and participating in a celebration of rock n' roll joy with standing ovations and encores by the end of every show.