Saturday, 9 May 1998
Born: 1963 or 1964
In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview
James McMillan studied at the Royal College of Music (London) and the Berklee College of Music (Boston Mass.). At eighteen, he started his music career, playing the trumpet in a Sade concert; as an instrumentalist, he worked with many top acts, including Chaka Khan, James Brown, and Paul Weller. Later, he became involved in the recording industry as a producer, arranging tracks for Whitney Houston, Van Morrison, Boyzone, Michael Ball, Brian Kennedy, Atomic Kitten, Ronan Keating, and S-Club 7. He produced several albums of American Idol hopefuls. As a solo artist, McMillan has five jazz albums to his credit.
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
In 1998, James McMillan produced, arranged, and conducted the United Kingdom’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, Imaani’s ‘Where Are You?’ (composed by Scott English, Phil Manikiza, and Simon Sterling). This soulful pop track came close to winning the contest, but eventually had to settle for second place behind Israel’s Dana International.
EUROVISION INVOLVEMENT YEAR BY YEAR
Country – United Kingdom
Song title – "Where Are You?"
Rendition – Imaani
Lyrics – Scott English / Phil Manikiza / Simon Stirling
Composition – Scott English / Phil Manikiza / Simon Stirling
Studio arrangement – James McMillan
Live orchestration – James McMillan
Conductor – James McMillan
Score – 2nd place (166 votes)