Tyler James is a British singer-songwriter who grew up in Canning Town, East London. James met Amy Winehouse at the age of 13, when they both trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. After briefly dating, they remained close friends for the rest of Winehouse's far too brief life as well as touring together in 2004.
James signed to Island Records in 2003 after they heard a demo tape featuring his future debut single, "Why Do I Do?" The song reached #25 on the UK Singles Chart and its follow-up, "Foolish" did even better peaking at #16. James then slipped off the radar for several years, before returning to prominence in 2012, when he appeared as a contestant on the first series of The Voice UK
, finishing as the series' runner-up behind Leanne Mitchell. His version of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love
" was released as a single, reaching #39 on the UK singles chart.