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“A refreshing change from the digital age”

James Leonard Hewitson is a Composer/Singer/Songwriter from Hartlepool, England. 

After the demise in 2015 of his first band Arcs & Trauma, who played Reading & Leeds and got backing from BBC 6 Music, James played trumpet and toured with prominent north east bands Kingsley Chapman & The Murder, and Frankie & The Heartstrings, the latter included an Academy tour supporting The Charlatans.


In 2016 the first proper ‘James Leonard Hewitson’ recordings were given online exposure and subsequently gained TV sync (Made in Chelsea, Tattoo Fixers), radio play, and extensive blog interest.
In 2018 James decided to make a larger body of work to bring into 2019, and now having acquired a publishing deal and live agent, plans are in place to release new material in the coming months.


‘Very good Hartlepudlian” – i-D (Vice)

‘James Leonard Hewitson’s debut single is, in some ways, the anti-pop anthem’ – Euphoria Magazine

”Shy Of Hard Work’ is like a musical self help book… It’s wonderful’ – Jack Parker, Amazing Radio

‘A refreshing change from the digital age’ – DICE.FM

‘Smart slacker tunes’ – God is in the TV Zine

‘Rising Songwriter’ – Consequence of Sound

‘Poppy lo-fi goodness’ – DIY

‘Hits the mark perfectly’ – Dork

‘James Leonard Hewitson approaches songwriting from a different angle’ – Clash

‘Another solo singer/songwriter dodging genre pigeon holes’ – Fred Perry Subculture

‘Pioneering songwriter’ – Gigantic