James Taylor-Watts (born 27 October 1997), better known as James TW, is a British singer-songwriter.

In early 2015, Shawn Mendes, an artist discovered on social media, found James on YouTube and praised him on Twitter. Mendes’ label, Island Records, then noticed James and he signed with them shortly thereafter.

James was the sole opening act on the sold out Shawn Mendes World Tour.

He will join Shawn again as opening act of the European leg of Illuminate World Tour.


The Warwickshire native began his career as a drummer, filling in with his father's wedding band at the age of ten. By the time he was in his early teens, he'd added guitar and piano to his résumé, and he began uploading cover songs to YouTube and playing acoustic gigs in local pubs. He cites John Mayer and Ed Sheeran as influences, and his soulful delivery falls into a similar pop singer/songwriter style. After signing with Island in 2015, James delivered his debut EP, First Impressions, the following year.