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Cora James has been singing all her life and entered professional music in 1986.

Described as having a voice like whisky, honey and cigarettes Cora blends Jazz, Blues, Soul, Rock and R&B into her own stylish & cool musical cocktail. Cora sings with a passion, interprets a song and makes it her own.

With an extensive repertoire Cora performs with duos through to a full band and tailors her performance to suit each individual venue.

Internationally, 1992 saw Cora lead a band in Africa for nine months with Moving Pictures saxophonist Andy Thompson and local Kenyan musicians, which was then followed by six months work in England.

After that period she returned to Sydney and continued to play with the best musicians this city has to offer including... Jackie Orszacsky, Paul Berton, Peter Head, Sandy Evans, Ralph Franke, Rick Robertson, Matt Fell and Victor Rounds.



Cora has played all the major venues in Sydney and had a Tuesday night residency at the hip Monkey Bar in Balmain with her band The Whisky Angels from 1999 to 2001. With John Hill on vocals/keys Darrio Bortolin on bass and Lloyd G on drums she sang her special brand of soul/jazz/blues and played to a packed house every night.

Cora released her first CD "Whisky Angel Blues" in April 2001. For more information please click here.

In 2001 Cora based herself in London for 8 years. She played all over the capital plus stints living and working in Amsterdam, Osaka and Nagoya in Japan and touring Sri Lanka.

Now back in Sydney, Cora has reformed The Whisky Angels with John Hill Vocals/Keys, Lloyd G Drums, Dario Bortolin Bass and Paul Berton Guitar with sometime guests Andy Thompson Sax and Rex Goh Guitar.

A big warm sound and heartfelt interpretations ensure once experienced, you will always remember the voice of the whisky angel Cora James.

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'"With her sexy voice she growled her way through a New Orleans R&B number...' Spice of Life Review, Soho London, November 2006

"Her vocals have that husky, sexy, after midnight sound that grab your attention" Julie Fox, 2001, The Sydney Blues Society

"Sparks flew from the first note... her vocals made magic with her sexy sounding voice" Curt Simons, The Parool - Amsterdam 2006

“She is one of my favourite female singers, I always look forward to her performances” Hans, owner The Palace Van De Weemoed, Amsterdam

“Oh she's great” Noel, owner Black Horse, Camden Town, London

“The entire place was mesmerized by the soulful husky humming of Cora” 'The Leisure Times' Colombo, Sri Lanka April 2003

“Cora James'husky,soultry,blues vocals laced with a great deal of enthusiasm and verve was a pleasure to listen to and watch” Mahes Parera, Sunday Observer Magazine, Colombo Sri Lanka April 2003

“her voice would make a man do a deal with the devil” Matt, Bankstown

“such a powerful voice, great blues” Mark, Chippendale

“she sings the way I feel inside” Brian, Newtown

“fabulous entertainer,always gets a party happening, with her choice of music and her energy” Leigh, Castlecraig

“such a beautiful voice” Tamara, Willoughby

“if I could, I”d take every night off to hear her sing” Peter, Lakemba

“I love her sound, her phrasing” Cathy, Newtown

“I”m a regular gig goer, I love her” Hazel, Glebe

“I come every week to hear her sing” Maggie, Balmain

"You cover me with your music and then you set me on fire "
John, Hammersmith, London




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