by KATHY LOY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Musician, songwriter, performer, author, community organizer – oh yeah, and high school senior too! James Morris has done it all and he’ll be graduating from Cathedral Catholic High School this June. We had a chance to find out more about James.

How did you get involved in the music industry and what are the most exciting parts of it?

I wrote my first song the summer after 7th grade and never stopped writing. Within the first year, I wrote enough songs to record and release a full length CD, and was blessed to be playing shows at the San Diego County Fair, Epicenter and SOMA. From there, I became more involved by attending some great local events, including the San Diego Music Thing (SDMT), where I met amazing people and acquired several mentors.

The most exciting part is having the opportunity to perform, meet new people and feel the energy of the crowd. The most challenging is balancing it with everything else I do.

What type of music do you perform and who inspires you?

My music genre is alternative rock. People also seem to really like my acoustic sets. My music is influenced and inspired by everyday life, everywhere I go and the people I meet. I’m a storyteller, and every band and type of music I listen to inspires me.


What are some upcoming events we should know about?

I just finished writing my second novel, Water Tower, book two in the Three Kingdoms Trilogy, which will be released at Comic-Con in San Diego in July. I’m currently in the studio finishing up a new CD, my fourth – new music is due out this summer!

You have a passion for “giving back.” What causes do you give your time and talent to?

I most specifically give my time to keeping kids safe. I work with multiple organizations in order to raise awareness and educate people on important but tough topics like preventing child abuse, child trafficking, as well as at-risk and missing kids and teens. I participated in GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation nationwide music tour and, from just the west coast swing, three people were safely recovered.

What do you want to do as a profession?

If I could continue being a music artist and writer, tour the world and make enough money to support all my endeavors and causes, so I can truly make a difference in the world that would be my dream come true.

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Name: James Morris

Age:  18

Community: Carmel Valley since 2011

Profession: Music artist, author, community organizer and high school student

Education: Cathedral Catholic High School senior

Family: Parents – Maria and Michael Morris; Brother – David (15), freshman at CCHS

Pet: Orbit, the amazing cat