An English born Jamaican, James Renford is an internationally acclaimed musician who has featured significantly on many classic recordings and worked alongside some of the greatest stars in the music industry.
James plays alto sax, soprano sax and tenor sax and has the ability to perform with 'circular breathing' - when it seems that the saxophonist can hold a note forever!
James has went on to work with the number one chart-topping band Musical Youth as a bandleader for the brass section. He then went on to record on Pato Banton's first album 'Never give In' and many more that followed, including the title album 'Stay Positive'co-produced and written with Pato Banton and The Reggae Revolution band.
In 1988 James began his first U.S. tour with Pato Banton. In between working with Pato, in 1992 he also joined the Basement Jazz Big Band playing lead saxophone. This band was the extension of the former Andy Hamilton Big Band and this is where James acquired his signature Jazz technique.
James performed as a front man with his own band; The Diplomats. The title album by The Diplomats featured some of the top session players in the UK. James has also worked and recorded with such artists as Ruby Turner,
Steel Pulse, Beres Hammond, Tippa Irie, Freddie McGregor, Luciano, Motown artist Edwin Starr, Martha Reeves and Mary Wilson.
In the past few years James was fortunate enough to have met Francesca Milano. They were introduced to David Saylor from the UK who would later become their producer and toured the UK together. Milano would later become the Exec producer for Renford.
While he was rehearsing the song ‘Losing Control’ James fell and some 20 minutes later he was in hospital and was told he had a stage 4 brain tumor. During this trying time Francesca Milano wrote the songs for the album ‘The Milano Project’.
James then defied everyone, he researched alternative chemo products, and today he is better than ever. Francesca Milano wrote the song “The Sax Man” for Renford after all the surgeries and also a year later. Sadly, a short time later producer David Saylor suddenly pasted away. You can hear David singing on all of Renford’s tracks.
It's the music that brought Milano, Saylor and Renford together and to this day it is the music that keeps David alive and many of the songs from the “Milano Project’ have been played on BBC with the song ‘Thinking About You’ being honored as the track of the week. The song also trended on Reverbnation.