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James Blades

McGhee Entertainment
Artist Manager
James Blades is an artist manager at McGhee Entertainment. Since joining McGhee in 2003, Blades has worked with A-list musical artists including KISS, Guns N' Roses, Slipknot, Ted Nugent, Hootie & The Blowfish/Darius Rucker, Blues Traveler, Down, Toto and Night Ranger, amongst others.   Blades’ expertise covers a wide range of each artist’s career, from touring and merchandising, to licensing, branding and distribution across all digital and traditional outlets. He provides each client with a solid understanding of how to best reach their fan base and maximize revenue from sales of recorded, filmed and ancillary products.  In doing so, he delivers results that allow the clients to reach the fullest potential of their careers. Blades has been mentored by industry heavyweight and management pioneer Doc McGhee for more than 12 years. During this time, Blades has fine-tuned his skills, combining a deep understanding of the music, entertainment & technology business with McGhee’s “Wild West” style of artist management, all synthesized with his own upbringing as part of the Blades family’s rock n’ roll legacy. Blades has spent his entire life immersed in the music industry, preparing him for his current professional tenure at McGhee.  His understanding of artists’ careers began at an early age, as he toured around the world and spent time in the recording studio with his father—and now client—Jack Blades of Night Ranger/Damn Yankees/Shaw-Blades. His experience growing up around the rock n’ roll lifestyle has became an invaluable asset that now serves James in his role as a manager. Blades has served as a featured speaker on panels covering topics on Artist & Brand Management, Digital Media Strategy, Technology, Entertainment Marketing, VIP Fanclub and D2C Merchandise Licensing. Blades is a voting member of the Country Music Awards and Academy of Country Music; as well as being on the USO Entertainment Advisory Council, a member of the Future Hope Committee for the Music & Entertainment Industry with City of Hope, a TJ Martell West Coast Board member, on the Digital Media Wire Music Advisory Board and part of the Music Business Association: Artists, Management & Touring Sector. He is a graduate of Saint Mary's College of California.