Jim Wynton is a baritone soul singer, and performer from Columbus, Mississippi. He began singing at age eight, after hearing James Bignon's gospel track "What a Mighty God We Serve". This listening experience ignited Jim's passion for gospel music, and led him to listen to and emulate prolific gospel artists such as Smokie Norful, Mali Music, and Marvin Sapp.
Upon entering high school, Jim expanded his singing experience into the classical realm, participating in his high school's show choirs, and state's honor choir for two years. After graduating high school, Jim attended Princeton University, where he sang with the Princeton Footnotes---an all-male acapella group founded in 1967. As a member of the Footnotes, JIm had the great fortune of performing internationally in Argentina, Japan, and Italy, experiences which he credits for growing his confidence as a lead performer.
Since graduating Princeton, Jim has continued to perform and improve his musical skill and knowledge through learning guitar and its harmonic jazz function. He's particularly interested in jazz chord voicings such as drop 2, drop 3, and their chord extensions/alterations. With this knowledge he plans to complement his singing and performing experience with jazz rhythm comping.
What are two adjectives that best describe you?
Ultra-calm. Quiet. For a reason unbeknownst to me, I've always been super calm and quiet. It's my superpower.
How would you describe your singing style?
hmmmm, I'm like a soulful James Taylor. I keep it in the library.
Minimal bells and whistles. Simple singing.
What are your favorite things to do outside of music?
Basketball, reading insightful books, and learning spanish and math.
What's the best advice you've received--so far?
Started at the Old Town School in January of 2020