James, whose song "You're Beautiful" rocketed to number one on the Billboard chart, has been singing and songwriting since he picked up a guitar at age 14. A former soldier and guard to the queen, James has already conquered England as Britain's most popular male singer. He's toured with Elton John and was even asked to sing at his wedding! Now that James's soulful sound has crossed the pond, American audiences can't get enough.
James says he never dreamed he would have so much success. "There was a time when my ambition was to make an album that I really felt strongly about and really enjoyed. I thought, 'Maybe a few people will connect with it,'" he says. "If they did [connect with it], then that would be great because then the record label would maybe let me make a second album."
Oprah wants to know—what's the story behind "You're Beautiful"?
"It's kind of miserable," James says with a grin. "It was about seeing my ex-girlfriend on the Underground in London with her new man who I didn't know existed. She and I caught eyes and lived a lifetime in that moment, but didn't do anything about it and haven't seen each other since."
"Wait till she hears this song," Oprah jokes. "She might be calling you up!"