James has worked as a professional theatre, voiceover, TV and film actor, and musician for over 15 years.
His career started as a professional musician, touring in the Midwestern US. An accomplished singer and composer, he was cast in the role as first rock singer in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass which was conducted by Bernstein’s protégé Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Music Festival in Santa Cruz, California.
James moved to the United Kingdom in June 2001 where he began working as an actor and musician. In December of that year he joined a ska punk band called Kenisia, who were quickly signed to Household Name Records of London early in 2002. The band enjoyed success touring the UK, gaining a wide fan base after airplay on Radio One’s The Lock Up.
He completed a combined honours degree in music and drama from Bath Spa University in 2004. He also started working with The Natural Theatre Company that same year.
He performed in Edson Burton’s play Seasoned, at the Arnolfini in Bristol, a collection of poems which document a personal and collective journey through the historical and contemporary African Diaspora experience.
James’ commercial work includes adverts for Garmin, Deal or No Deal and a pilot for The Green, directed by BDH for Robert Redford’s Sundance Channel.
His street theatre work for the world renowned Natural Theatre Company has taken him all around the UK and most recently at the World Expo in Shanghai, China.
With a near four octave range, Lambeth is a versatile singer, going from punk to jazz to rock and even opera with ease. In 2012 James performed in his first show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with 5 gigs in the Jazz Bar performing songs by the great American composer and pianist Duke Ellington. It was a great success. In 2013 he performed the works of George & Ira Gershwin to another sell-out run of 8 performances at the Fringe.
In February 2014, James released his debut swing album titled "Jahruba's Kid" on JazLamb Records which was recorded with top Bath musicians at Stage 2 Studios.
In August 2014 Lambeth returned to the Edinburgh Fringe for a third year performing 7 shows at the Jazz Bar with virtuoso musicians Steve Hamilton (piano) and Mario Caribe (double bass), this time performing the works of musicial genius Cole Porter.
In July 2015 Lambeth recorded his second album titled "The Space Of One Day" on JazLamb Records with a slightly larger band this time, including Andrew 'Murph' Murphy on guitar, Terry Quinney on saxophone, Roshon 'Tosh' Wijetunge on bass and Ted Benham on vibraphone.
2016 marks Lambeth’s fifth year to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This year he put together a show of songs by the great Johnny Mercer titled ‘I Remember You’ featuring such classics as Moon River, Too Marvellous For Words and the show’s title song. The show runs from Sunday 14 August to Sunday 21 August, nightly at 7pm at Edinburgh’s famous Jazz Bar in Chambers Street.
James can be seen singing with several different bands in a variety of genres: The Lambeth Swing, The Edsel Furys, The Refusal, Kenisia, Ottrepop, Beachcraft and Strangefruit.
Lambeth also works as a session musician playing trumpet for Western Star Studios in Bristol and has played on albums by The Bullets, Red Hot Trio, The Sharks and Ruby Darnell & The Lazy Rancheros.