James Stanfield was born in Clovis, New Mexico, he was raised on the dusty, windswept, rolling plains of Eastern New Mexico in the tiny town of Grady-population about sixty, and as James says, "That was on Saturday and counting the dogs and chickens." From the time he was tall enough to reach the cash register he worked in his father's "Mercantile" store that his pioneer grandfather built there in 1908 to supply the ranchers and farmers with everything they needed-groceries, Levi's, veterinary supplies, cattle and chicken feed, hardware, fuel, and windmills. On the family farm and ranch, he did all the usual things-driving tractors, hauling feed, milking cows, riding horses, working cattle, and scooping and hauling grain by the truckloads. His mother, who played violin and was a great singer, decided that he needed to take piano lessons once a week in Clovis, N. M., forty miles away, which wasn't too cool for a young man at that time. (Cowboys didn't play piano!). Today, he is very thankful for the ability to read and write music. At the same time, he also played trumpet for eight years. He grew up on a steady diet of Bob Wills, Hank Thompson, Hank Williams, Jim Reeves, Ray Price Lefty Frizell, Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton, Tex Ritter, Kitty Wells, Sammi Smith, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Anne Murray, and all the other country and western greats of the day. His first professional jobs started when he was a Junior at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas just outside Dallas-Fort Worth where Pat Boone and Roy Orbison attended as well as Nora Jones. James was taking classes in music theory, piano, trumpet, and stringed instruments, where he learned to play upright bass. One day, he and his buddy, Ben Boone (Yes, a descendent of Daniel), from Hot Springs, New Mexico that he had met at New Mexico Boy's State and the only other student there from New Mexico, were riding down the street in James' first car, a fifty Chevy with a "big ole' visor out over the windshield, when Ben said, "James, let's learn to play the guitar." James had about twenty dollars he could spend and starve for the rest of the month and Ben had thirty or forty food dollars. They drove to the tiny music store in Denton where James bought a "Twenty-Dollar Stella" and Ben bought an old used Gibson. They picked up a little chord book, the kind with the circles where you put your fingers, and headed for the house. Neither had ever played a guitar before. After learning the hard part of how to tune a guitar from the guy at the store, they started practicing every minute they weren't in class or studying. They would usually practice until their fingers hurt so badly that they couldn't play any more or when their fingers would start to bleed-usually at least eight hours a day. James says they were too poor to do anything else. Their little fifty-cent per hour jobs at the college book bindery only helped pay to eat. Within two months of the time they got the guitars, and both being able to sing the hundreds of country and western songs they learned growing up, James and Ben and an older man with a music degree from The Chicago Conservatory of Music, who played upright bass played their first "Paying" dance at Wiley's Dude Ranch out at Lake Dallas. They couldn't believe that they were actually playing a dance with a bass player who had a music degree from a conservatory in Chicago. The crowd loved them and James and Ben were in heaven. From that dance, and with dance money coming in, it was better guitars, better amplifiers (James had been using the amp and the speaker he took out of a beat-up old jukebox), and microphones. They played for the Denton, Texas Bi-Centennial functions, square dances, and on stage at N.T.S.U. They both also started writing songs. James left college as a second semester Junior and moved back home to New Mexico. Ben stayed to finish his degree. The high school at home had an old upright bass that noone played so James borrowed it. Noone else at home played any country and western band instruments so James taught his uncle to play bass, his cousin to rhythm on the guitar, and he found a young hispanic guy in a small town not too many miles away that was hot on lead guitar and violin. James was back in business! He would announce rodeos, and with his band, play the dances they always had after the rodeos. He also played and sang for every-"You go to the fights to dance a bit"-bar, speak easy, and club in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas, sometimes by himself or with one other guy or with the whole band. By then, he had found several drummers, steele players, and other lead men. He married his high school sweetheart and transferred to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. There, with more musicians he met there, he continued to play and sing at cowboy bars and fiestas. Within a year or so, he graduated from college. In the middle of the year on Friday night and he loaded up, moved with his wife and daughter, and started teaching Junior High History and English on the following Monday morning in Raton, New Mexico after driving four hundred miles over the weekend to the other side of the state from Las Cruces. He teamed up with the band director and a blind piano player and it was back to more small clubs and bars and a weekend job singing job about a hundred miles away by himself in Red River, New Mexico in the ski resort bars. Next, was a move to Roswell, New Mexico and the release of his first record with two of the best songs he had written at the time. One year later, he decided to get his masters degree at the University Of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. With his wife and two daughters in tow, it was off to a job teaching Mathematics at Highland High School in Albuquerque. In Albuquerque, he finished his masters degree, taught high school Math, played and sang at every major club in Albuquerque, played for the big "Fiestas" at the University of New Mexico (one with Johnny Cash-one with Webb Pierce) where there were 3,000 people dancing at one time, and D. J.'d on KRZY radio in Albuquerque. Still dreaming of Nashville and a recording contract, having no luck, and needing more loot for the now wife and three children, James took his wife and three kids and took a Principal-Superintendent job in Des Moines, a small ranching town in northern New Mexico up in the mountains. He continued to write songs and played the "Respectable", straight, role there for five years during which time he guided deer, elk, bear, sheep, and turkey hunters in his spare time. He also wrote a hunting and fishing article that was published in California Bowhunter magazine while he was there. The move back to Clovis, New Mexico proved to be a bonus. There, he teamed up with Senator Odis Echols Jr. and his father, Odis Echols Sr. (The original lead singer for the Stamps Quartet). Odis Jr. arranged for and took James to Hollywood, California where James was signed to "Oak Records" who released three 45 records within a couple of years. In Clovis, James put together a band of super musicians. He taught school, played and sang for dances at every Country Club, V. F. W., Elks club, and nearly every bar in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas as well as playing for the big dances for all the New Mexico legislators and the Governor at the beginning of the legislative sessions in Santa Fe, New Mexico each year. He and his band also won out over fifty-two other Country and Western bands in a contest sponsored by WSM radio from Nashville. He had a live hour and a half radio weekly radio show on two different radio stations in Clovis and started raising expensive Arabian horses at that time. He traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona each year in February and was paid royally to sing and play guitar for the big Arabian horse sales where all you see is Rolls Royces, diamonds, and fur coats. At one of the sales, he sold one of his little Arabian fillys (Flame's Ember by Bask Flame) for $25,000. While in Clovis, Faron Young called and invited James to come sing with him on stage at the Stardust Club in Odessa, TX, which he did. James also did a lot of Master of Ceremonies duties at this time. He MC'd the Miss Clovis Pageant in the Miss Americal preliminaries as well as pageants in several cities. During this time, he also raised game birds and trained bird dogs (mostly English Setters). He raised, from hatching to maturity, about three thousand each of ringneck pheasant, chukar partridge, bobwhite quail, and scaled quail. He also raised AKC Japanes Akita dogs and finished one of his males 'MoJo' out as and AKC National Champion. A divorce or two or three, and seeing no hope for making the "Big Time" in country music recording, James retired from public school teaching and moved to western New Mexico where he lived with the Navajos and other Native Americans and took a job just outside Gallup, New Mexico teaching at the biggest Native American high school in the U. S. A. at Ft. Wingate, a Bureau Of Indians high school. For seven years, he lived with the Navajos, taught, and took college classes in Conversational Navajo and Spanish. He now speaks a little of both. After years of trying and wishing he could, James finally moved to Ashland City, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville where he started a publishing company, James Stanfield Music (firstname.lastname@example.org), and his own record label and finally managed to get his new CD, CHANGE ME, released. Presently he's kicking back at hacienda just south of Albuquerque, NM. All but two of the songs on his album were recorded at Heritage Studios in Hollywood, California. (The studio burned down since that time.) The following is a list of the unbelievable musicians who played on the album: J.D. Maynes-Steel-J.D. played steel for Buck Owens for six years, the hot steel guitar licks on Ray Steven's "Misty", and for Tony Booth. He is also the father of and performs with his daughter Natlie Maynes of the Dixie Chicks. Jerry Cole-Bass-Jerry played bass on the Captain and Tenille Show. John Rains-Drums-John also played on the Captain and Tenille Show as well as the Sonny and Cher Show. Susie Alanson-Backup-Susie sang most of the backup on all of the songs. Jay Dugas-Lead Guitar Don Randy-Keyboards Randy played keyboards on 'That Lovin Feelin' by the Rightous Brothers. He also played for Paul Williams, Donny Osmond, All Lou Ralls, and All Nancy Sinatra albums. Randy Nicklaus-Engineer Tret Fury-Asst. Engineer The song CHANGE ME, was written by James' drummer Mike Siegling. He sang the song to James with his guitar in Clovis in James' garage/music room. James made a minor change or two to the song at the studio in Los Angeles and the song on the CD is the result. ONE NIGHT ANGEL, is a true story about a lady in her forties who always sat at a table by herself, and a lady in her twenties who always sat at the bar by herself, at every dance that James and his band ever played in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico; no matter where it was. James wrote GOTTA LIVE A LIFETIME TONIGHT about your typical "Other Woman", in Albuquerque, NM. He wrote I WON'T LOVE YOU AGAIN, after a particularly traumatic break up with a lovely lady he had loved for years. The rest of the songs on the CD he selected after listening to over one hundred demos that had been sent in by writers from all over the US. Since the release of the album 'Change Me' in late January 04, it has already become a big hit on MCWC RADIO in Sweden and throughout Sweden as well as on BRTO RADIO in Holland. James says, 'A funny thing is that the first CD sale was in Belgium. What a world!' James wants to personally thank all the great people from New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas as well as those from Sweden, Holland, and Belgium who have purchased the new CD. He also wants to thank BRTO RADIO, Holland, MCWC RADIO, Sweden and all the others who are airing the album. The sales and airplay are really appreciated.