James Tealy

James Tealy

“In the meantime I’ll keep a looser grip on the stuff I’ve piled in this sinking ship. And I’ll hold tight to Jesus, ‘cause He’s permanent, ‘cause He’s everlasting.” —from the song Permanent In an industry where style typically triumphs over substance, singer/songwriter James Tealy’s music is a refreshing exception to the rule. Not only are the songs from Redeeming the Days deeply personal and heartfelt, but Tealy has a knack for writing about deeper things with the panache of a pop music craftsman—a rare combination that not only attracted the attention of Universal Music and Grammy-winning producer Monroe Jones, but inevitably connects with listeners on all levels. Back in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit Tealy’s hometown of New Orleans, his perspective on just about everything changed, especially concerning what’s really important in life—and what isn’t. “It’s impossible to walk through something like that without it coloring my entire narrative,” Tealy says. “My wife and I had been living and working in New Orleans for 10 years when Katrina hit. We left the city a day before the storm with three days worth of clothes and our pet rabbit. Eight weeks later, we were allowed back into our zip code for one day between 7:00 a.m. and 4
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