Rusty James was born and raised in Whitby, a small town just east of Toronto Ontario, Canada. His musical endeavours began in the Gymnasium of his elementary school way back in his 6th grade where he and and his first bandmates performed for their peers during their graduation dance. Taking on vocal duties and playing guitar poorly, he and the group ripped through their set list to a much adoring audience. Tunes that now have become classics like: Smoke on the Water, Proud Mary, What’s the Buzz, Hang on Sloopy and of course, Mustang Sally, still occasionally see the light of day at Rusty’s shows.
Many educational and occupational experiences have come and passed since that first special evening but the thrill of musically performing has remained the one Constant that continues to entertain, not only his audience, fans and friends, but also his soul. “There is a fire that burns in all of us, a special quality, trait or gift. I have been given the ability to share something that is very positive and delightful, something that knows no boundaries, something that puts a smile on the heart of all who partake in it. That being Music!”
At the age of fourteen, he took on a student position at the local radio station as a Spinner. Surrounded by 45s and albums that included every type of genre, he would pick out the requests and put them on the turntables to be heard over the airwaves. From that point on, no matter what opportunity came his way, Rusty found that his musical desires would always surface and blend into whatever venture he was involved with at that time. Blessed with an array of brilliant mentors through his scholastic days, he continued performing and improving his skills. As a multi instrumentalist, he thrived on being able to add a fresh perspective to many of the projects he was involved in which lead to more opportunities of performing along side a long list of Canadaʼs best.
His portfolio includes over 30 years of experience with an array of awards and nominations for his musical compositions, jingles and studio work. Rusty performs as a soloist, is also one half of the Sass & James duo that features award winning vocalist Jenn Kee. Bassist for : The Lost 80s Band and on occasion with Sylverado. You will also find him behind the kit with pop group City Groove and the rock-country band Amigo.