Bio

In an industry where style typically triumphs over substance, performing songwriter James Tealy’s music is a refreshing exception to the rule. Tealy has a knack for writing about deeper things with the panache of a pop music craftsman—a rare combination that inevitably connects with listeners.

A graduate of Belmont University’s Music Business program, James has been a featured speaker/panelist for a variety of songwriting and music industry conferences, providing lectures, song critiques and contest judging and has begun teaching songwriting as an adjunct faculty member at Belmont University, Truett-McConnell College and Trevecca Nazarene University. Tealy is also the worship pastor at Redemption City Church in Franklin, TN. He and his wife, Shera, live in Nashville, TN.

As a songwriter, James’ deep list of cuts includes hit songs recorded by Kari Jobe, Unspoken, Josh Wilson, Chris August, Matt Papa, Abandon, and more than 70 others. James’ songs have been featured in both film and TV including networks NBC, CBS, Fox Sports, ABC Family, UPN and more. As an artist, James Tealy has released 5 projects in the last 6 years and maintains a busy travel schedule of concerts, worship leadership, and teaching. ChristianityToday.com called James “a truly creative talent with inventive alternative pop that’s intelligently crafted both musically and lyrically.” Christian Single magazine called James “a songwriter with substance and style…one of those singer/songwriters who skips right past the pretension and writes sturdy pop tunes that tug at your heart.” In the summer of 2009 Tealy signed with Centricity Music and continues writing for a diverse group of country, pop and gospel artists while maintaining a full calendar of events.

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Once people find out James writes songs for a living, the next inevitable question is, “have you written anything I would know.” In this sea of 6,000,000 songs floating around iTunes, the safest answer is “probably not.” Most of the songs James has written have stayed in relative obscurity. And depending on the musical “pool” you normally swim in, some of these songs will confuse or surprise you.

Here are some of the songs James Tealy has written or co-written that have been recorded by someone else. They’re in alphabetical order by Artist with links to iTunes.

James Tealy has also released several recordings as an artist and worship leaders. Some of those albums are available HERE. A sample of songs from earlier releases are available for free HERE.