Jeffrey James and The Shadowboxers @ Basement East in Nashville, TN
Review & Photography by: Kailey Sullivan
If you ever have a chance to see The Shadowboxers, you would be doing yourself a disservice not to take it. I first got the opportunity to see them about a year ago and I did not hesitate for a second when this show came around. If you may not know who they are, The Shadowboxers is a “soulful pop” band, and their confidence and swagger makes up for quite an entertaining show live.
Up first to the stage was Jeffrey James. This Nashville-based artist performed almost a country pop style at first but then settled into the pop genre and was a good set up for what the night had in store. Although a newer artist, James had a few fans in the front row singing every word along with him. This 3-piece band consisting of vocals, drums, and guitar, and had a meticulous light feature on stage that was synchronized with the music and helped us to get a feel for who James is an artist.
Opening for Justin Timberlake on his Man of the Woods Tour, The Shadowboxers have an interesting relationship with the music icon. The band consists of 6 members, 3 of which are the front men who met at college in 2008. They started out doing covers and decided to tweet their cover of “Pusher Love” by Justin Timberlake. From there, Justin became a mentor and produced their most recent album titled “Apollo” which you can hear the full story here.
When they finally came to the stage, the room totally changed. No one in that room happened to come that night, everyone was a fan and everyone was hyped to see them. All three front man sang, one raps, and sometimes they even trade instruments. The talent from these guys is unreal. The first time I was able to see them, I was surprised when they began dancing together on stage. Now understanding their style a bit more, it’s so perfect and fitting and makes them even more likable- especially in their Nike sneakers (yes they were all wearing them). Just see them! Everything will make sense.
Nashville was not their last stop so you still have a chance to see them. Might have to buy a ticket to JT but either way absolutely worth it. If not that, I know there will be more to come from them and another chance to see them live.
IG: @theshadowboxers / @jeffreyjamesofficial
Check tour dates: www.theshadowboxers.com