James Norman. front man/lead vocals, The Quake

James Norman. front man/lead vocals, The Quake, performs in the 2011 Kaua`i Sings! program featuring New York City Photo by Anne E. O’Malley

PROFILE: James Norman,  The Quake

by Anne E. O’Malley

James Norman is all over that stage, those early influences of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Paul Rodgers from Bad Company and David Coverdale from Whitesnake pouring out of him in a folk/rock/soul voice. At the Feral Pig in Nawiliwili, Trees Lounge in Kapa`a, at Malama Pono’s Kaua`i Sings! events — Norman’s vocals are tops.

“I have a lot of confidence in myself but not to the point of being conceited,” says the New York City-born and San Francisco-raised front man and lead vocalist of The Quake who, at age 12, started singing songs off the radio, began cutting school and got all over the place.

“I started singing mostly karaoke at a young age, later was in a rock band, Ready and Willing, for three years in Sweden, and we did what I’m doing now, rock and roll, like Whitesnake and Queen covers.”

Returning to San Francisco, Norman started his first Quake band in the ‘90s, sang for numerous bands and starting a tribute band to The Who, calling it The Who Too.