James McMillan

Born: 1963 or 1964
Nationality: British

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 Idols hopefuls. As a solo artist, McMillan has five jazz albums to his credit.

In 1998, James McMillan 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.

In due course, a more extensive biography of James McMillan will be published on this website



Songs conducted
1998: Where are you?