Timothy James Biography
“ We are truly grateful to be alive in this day and age. We have it all. Memories, dreams and the present. We are all blessed. To be able to go freely anywhere, say what we want and express our art anyway we want. In other times, we would not be so fortunate. ”
— Timothy James
Tim was born and raised in New Jersey. He was always passionate about music
and when he was 12, he obtained his first 5 piece drum set from a friend of the
family and taught himself to play.
He always hated school, it felt pointless to him. Being told to obey, learning to
over-analyze, memorize facts and training to be a mind-numbing worker just
didn't fit with him.
Tim dropped out of his high school in Morristown and received his diploma
before anyone in his class by doing an adult education program at 18. At 14, he
started playing electric guitar, teaching himself and by 19, he started his first
One of his best friends from childhood died of a heroin overdose at 18 and Tim
and his friends decided to do something about it. They petitioned the town
council of Hanover to allow them to throw concerts in the recreation center
in honor of their friend and to prevent other creative types from getting bored
and doing drugs. Not everyone likes sports and the high schools idea for art or
music is never taken seriously.
He and his first band with the help of other bands and people put on concerts
there for a few months and the turnout was always good. It was a lot of fun
mixing genres of music including heavy metal so the kids could vent their
frustration and emotions that come being a young adult.
From then on, it has always been Tim's dream to have his own music venue,
especially for the young and teenagers so they too have an awesome experience
to connect with that resonates with them more.
Tim always knew he was different. He knew he didn't want to go to college.
More school after 13 years? No! He worked at different types of jobs until he
found something that wasn't so bad. Grave-digging.
Being a metal head, this was a sweet job. It was hard but he was always doing
something new besides, dead people don't cause drama. He did that for a
little while until he became an operating engineer. A union construction worker
who runs the machines.
He became a crane operator and made some pretty
good money and benefits but he felt he was wasting his artistic talents that way.
It was unfulfilling on a spiritual level.
After working very hard on a storied theme album, the premature break up of
yet another metal band persuaded Tim to write more songs on acoustic guitar
so he can play solo.
He heard a feminine voice in a lot of his material so he tried seeking someone
with a voice and creative outlook like himself. He was just learning to sing
(instead of growling) at age 23 when he wrote his first song called
"Serenity's Curse". A slower darker song about losing the ability to hear music
and calling it back in.
It was rather complicated for acoustic guitar but he was onto something, a style
of playing that no one has ever heard before. He kept writing and kept searching.
Eventually he found Helen, singing in a church, shining in the light with her
beautiful voice and she brought the Heavens Down…