Tony James has been involved in the Arts for as long as he can remember. Growing up amid the melodies and rhythms of everyday Manhattan, Tony's passion for music formed early. As a boy, he studied cello, voice and acting, drums and percussion as a teen, and guitar in later years. He received his formal education at New York's famed High School of Music and Art, and Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Tony's professional career was launched in 1987 when he toured nationally as a drummer with pop recording artist Brenda K. Starr. Tony quickly became one of New York's most sought after drummers and percussionists, earning praise as an electrifying stage performer and polished musician. His career has included work with top artists Cyndi Lauper, Billy Squier, Lenny Kravitz Coolio, PM Dawn, Charles & Eddie, Dave Koz , Darden Smith, Hugh Harris, and Jeffrey Gaines.
Tony was also a founding member of the critically acclaimed band Maggie's Dream. The band, which blended hard-edged rock with urban funk, recorded two albums while signed to Capitol Records and garnered praise as a musical movement ahead of it's time.
In addition to session work, honors include a Los Angeles Music Award nomination as Adult Alternative Male Singer/Songwriter of the Year; Receiving critical mention by the New York Times for his work as Composer & Musical Director for the play 'RAKSHA'S CHILD', performed by New York's Urban Youth Theater, as well as being a two-time ‘Meet the Composer’ grant recipient.
1994 marked Tony's debut as a member of the original American cast of STOMP. His dance, percussion and acting skills helped him top more than 50 other performers who had auditioned for the role, and subsequently earned him spotlight press reviews around the country.
As an actor, Tony is most recognized as the star of the Emmy-nominated and three-time Parent’s Choice Award winning Disney Channel series 'OUT OF THE BOX!'. For 7 years, this highly rated, award-winning series reached millions of homes daily in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom as Tony and co-star Vivian played caregivers to a cast of ethnically diverse children, helping them explore ordinary life through music; art; and dramatic play.
Other Television credits include appearances on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’; 'The Late Show with David Letterman'; 'The Jon Stewart Show'; 'Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood', 'Roseanne', and 'The Jerry Lewis Telethon'.