Tyler James (real name Kenneth Gordon) is an English singer songwriter who had hits in 2004-5 and reached the final of the UK TV talent show The Voice in 2012, finishing runner up behind series winner, Leanne Mitchell.
James grew up in the Canning Town area of London, and attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School, where he met and befriended Amy Winehouse. They maintained a relationship right up until her untimely death in 2011.
His first break came in 2001, as a guest vocalist on Scandinavian production team Stargate’ssingle “Wilder”.
In 2003, James was signed to a recording contract with Island Records,and in 2004 released the reggae flavoured pop single “Why Do I Do?”, which peaked at number 25 in the singles chart.
A follow up single, “Foolish” would prove to be his biggest single, reaching number 16, and an album “The Unlikely Lad”, which failed to chart.
After a period away from the music scene, in 2012, James returned as a contestant in the UK talent show, The Voice, eventually reaching the final.
A subsequent album (again on Island), “A Place I Go” was released in October 2012. It would contain two singles, “Single Tear” and “Worry About You” feat Kano, both of which failed to make a significant dent in the charts.
Since 2013, very little has been seen of the singer; his website has expired and he has stopped posting on his Facebook page. Occasional photos of visits to foreign places on Instagram, but significantly, no new music.