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Small Town,Big Dreams

"the house we built"



“Close Kicks” is the connection that forms when two artists bring out the very best of each other’s talents to create something extraordinary.  


Close Kicks

Up and coming Canadian songwriter/producer/mixer Darryl James (a.k.a “Close Kicks'') crafts powerful songs infused with aspiring themes. As a two-time Juno Award winner and iHeart Music Award Winner, James has co-written songs with The Strumbellas (Spirits, Greatest Enemy, We Don’t Know, Salvation - over 500 million streams worldwide) as well other critically acclaimed artists including Keith Varon (Machine Gun Kelly, JAX), Jim Roach (Amy Schumer, Ninja Sex Party), Cary Brothers (Tiesta, Garden State Soundtrack), Jessica Mitchell (Celine Dion), and Grammy Nominated Songwriter - Erika Nuri Taylor (Fantasia - When I See U). 

Close Kicks is currently signed with Glassnote Records and Kobalt Music Publishing.


2021 Finalist in The Great American Songwriting Competition for The House We Built and You Made It Home -


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Darryl James is a co-writer and instrumentalist in The Strumbellas

Close Kicks logo developed by Sarah Fournier at Sweet Green Studios.

Photography by Will Fournier at Will Fournier Photography