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James Edward Olliges Jr., better known as Jim James is the lead vocalist and guitarist and primary songwriter of the rock band My Morning Jacket. On the side, James has released five successful solo albums, the most recent being Uniform Distortion in 2018. He grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and started My Morning Jacket in 1998, playing an integral role in defining the band’s sound. James is known for his superior songwriting skills, and even earned an “Easky” in 2006 for best songwriter in Esquire’s Music Awards issue.