Ms. James starred in the independent short film "Brothers", by Italian Director Fernando Scarpa. In the film, Ms. James plays the dual role of New York City Police Detective Helene Garza and a Benedictine Nun. Needless to say, the film's plot has a few unexpected twists and turns. Piqued your interest? Then catch it at an art house theatre or film festival near you!
For the past three years, Ms. James has been a featured artist in the touring tribute shows: "Sweet Baby James", a tribute to the Great American songsmith, James Taylor; and "Blue", The Songs of Joni Mitchell. Both projects as well as "Fever" were produced by Producer Peter Ligeti of Ligeti Artists and The Show Store: To see clips from the shows, log on the website at: www.theshowstore.com. All three critically acclaimed shows continue to tour across the United States to sold out audiences.
Over the past 20 years Ms. James has spent much of her time as club and studio singer in New York. She has also been nominated for a Pixie Award for Best Song/Soundtrack in a Motion Picture for the song "Three Words", which she co-wrote and recorded with Composer/Pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs, for the short subject film "Whoa". The film received the Angel Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003. The film was also screened at The Cannes Film Festival.
A classically trained singer with a degree in music from the University of South Carolina, several years ago Ms. James decided to add acting to her repertoire of talents, landing roles on NBC's "Law & Order", "Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit" and "Homicide: Life on the Street". Ms. James' voice can be heard as the announcer in commercials for "Partnership for a Drug Free America" and for Denny's "Skillets for Breakfast".
Recently, Connie put together a performance piece that can only be described as "ambitious". The work is an attempt to cover a broad spectrum of American life through a song series comprised of songs from the Great American Songbook. The piece is entitled " Connie James: Raising the Bar-Love Songs From the Great American Songbook, Then and Now". The show has received rave reviews from the New York music and theatre communities, and there will be encore presentations of it coming in 2011.