James is currently the lead guitarist and vocal of the band Nagar Baul (formerly known as Feelings). He has also played back in few songs in Bollywood movies. He was often referred to by the honorific nickname “Guru”.
*Station Road (1986, under the name ‘Feelings’)
*Jail Theke Bolchhi (1989, ‘Feelings’)
*Nogor Baul (1995, ‘Feelings’)
*Lais Fita Lais (1998, ‘Feelings’)
*Dushtu Chheler Dol (2001)
*Collection of Feelings (1999) (compilation album)
Songs/albums as a solo artist:
* Anonna (1987)
*Palabe Kothai (1995)
*Dukkhini Dukkho Korona (1997)
*Thik Achhe Bondhu (1999)
*Ami Tomader E Lok (2003)
*Jonota Express (2005)
*Kal Jomuna (2008)
*Bheegi Bheegi (2005, ‘Gangster’)
*Chal Chalein (2006, ‘Woh Lamhe’)
*Rishtey, Alvida (Reprise) (2007, ‘Life in a… Metro’)
*Bebasi (Warning 3D) ‘(2013)
As previous members of the band ‘Feelings’ left, James, along with Funty, Pablo and Swapan reformed the band and started to perform in local gigs in 1980. At that time, the line-up was
James – Lead Guitar, Vocal
Funty – Drums
Pablo – Keyboards, Vocal
Swapan – Bass Guitar.
He became popular among musicians as ‘THE ONE WHO CAN PLAY MARK KNOPFLER WITH RIGHT FEELS’. After several years of stage shows, they came to Dhaka to record their first album, ‘Station Road’. All the songs were composed by James, with five lyrics been written by himself. Though the album was not a hit, some songs became popular like ‘Ager Jonome’, ‘Amai zete Dao’ and ‘Rupshagor’.
In 1989. they released the album ‘Jail Theke Bolchhi’ (Words from a condemn cell). This album became a major hit and Feelings, became a mainstream band along with Souls, Feedback and Chime.
James sings psychedelic rock, rock and blues music. Many lyricists have written songs for James including Poet Shamsur Rahman, Prince Mahmud, Marjuk Rasel, Shibli and Deholovi. Musicians like Lucky Akhand and Manam Ahmed have also composed song for him. In his early days, he was inspired by artists like Jim Morrison, Mark Knofler and Eric Clapton. James released his debut album, “Station Road”, with his band “Feelings” in 1987. He released his first solo album named “Annonna” in 1988. The albums he released later are “Jail theke Bolchi” in 1990, “Nogor Baul” in 1996, “Leis Fita Leis” in 1998 and “Collection of Feelings” in 1999 with his band Feelings. He also worked in lots of solo albums. He released “Anonna” in 1988, “Palabe Kothai” in 1995, “Dukkhini Dukkho Korona” in 1997, “Thik Achhe Bondhu” in 1999, “Ami Tomader E Lok” in 2003, “Jonota Express” in 2005, “Toofan” in 2006 and “Kal Jomuna” in 2009. Later James renamed “Feelings” into a new name “Nogor Baul” with some former members. Their next album named “Dushtu Cheler Dol” was released in 2001.
As James was working in Bengali Band Music, his songs had been widely received by the people of Bangladesh and West Bengal since 1990’s. James met “Pritom”, a Bangali music director in Bollywood in 2004. In 2005, James played back in the movie named “Gangster”. The name of the song was “Bheegi Bheegi” and it was a blockbuster hit. The song remained at the top of Bollywood Hit List for more than a month. Then he sang another song named “Chal Chalein” in another movie named “Woh Lamhe” in 2006. He again playbacked two songs titled “Rishtey” and “Alvida (Reprise)” in the movie named “Life in a Metro”.
In 2013 James sang a Hindi song titled “Bebasi” for a movie named “Warning 3D” which already been released in YouTube.
James first appeared in a television commercial of Pepsi in early 2000’s. This commercial was broadcast both in West Bengal and Bangladesh. Later in 2011, James worked again in a Bangladeshi television commercial of an energy drink “Black Horse”. James appeared in some parts of the Bollywood movie “Life in A Metro” where he played role as a member of street band.