James Fox, the British representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 is set to release his debut album in February 2005. He has just embarked on not one, but two roles in musical theatre, starring as both Judas and Jesus in a new production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Little has been revealed about the debut album, likely to still fuse together James’ signature acoustic sounds and mild rock. In regards to Fame Academy he said, “It gives you an opportunity to showcase your material. Before Fame Academy I tried for five or six years to get record companies to listen to my material but all those doors were closed. Now, after Fame Academy and Eurovision, I have a record deal”. James has always expressed that he prefers not to be a typecast pop solo artist but to be appreciated for the quality of his music and earn respect as a songwriter. “It is a double-edged sword”, he stated, “you are always, always, put inside that box. I am hoping that with the Eurovision and this show, people are now seeing me as someone other than Fame Academy.”
Jesus Christ Superstar produced by Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson opened at the Birmingham Hippodrome last night and will be in the city for three-and-a-half weeks before embarking on a national tour. James admits to having butterflies about stepping into such prime roles.“When Bill Kenwright approached my agent with the role I thought it was an amazing opportunity but I am nervous,” he says.“People have such expectations. They have seen this show so many times and they could be sitting there thinking ‘this isn’t how Judas is supposed to be. But I think you just have to make the most of the part. Once you have learnt the signature songs, Bill has very definite ideas of how he wants the part played so you take direction from him.”. James has yet to begin rehearsing for the role of Jesus. The current actor playing Jesus will launch the part in Birmingham, before handing the role over to James.
James Fox finished in 16th place at this years Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul. The United Kingdom now starts its search for a representative for Kiev 2005.