“James Calleo has established himself as one of Hudson County’s most engaging and personable singer-songwriters over the last few years.” NJ.COM
Calleo originally hails from Ramsey in Bergen County, he spent several years of his early childhood in Japan because of his father’s work.
“It was awesome,'' he said. "That’s where I got my kick for traveling and exploring different things. And then when we got home after that, I dropped out of college my sophomore year. I was inspired by Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” and I started writing in a journal every day. Those were very formative years for me, especially for my songwriting later on. I think Mark Twain has a quote for it – ‘never let school interfere with your education.’”
After backpacking around the country for a while everything eventually brought him back to New Jersey.
The singer/songwriter now performs all over the place, in handfuls each month as a solo performer and with his band. He has also put a lot of work into his latest single, “Thunderstorm,” which weaves evocative lyrics into well-crafted melodies to produce a tight and moving track.
Which ever outfit you get, whether solo, a stripped down trio or with a seven piece high energy band, you’ll end up getting to know the bearded and buoyant Hoboken musician that is James Calleo.
James is working on songs for an upcoming EP that is sure to be full of heart, enthusiasm and an emotional direct performance of maturity and songwriting capability.