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Mitch James Releases Massive New Single ‘Bird in a Hurricane’

It’s Mitch James’ first release since signing to Six60’s record label

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Auckland singer-songwriter Mitch James has returned to the music scene with a powerful new single, “Bird in a Hurricane”.

The track, recorded in Thailand, is an emotionally charged anthem that explores themes of love, support, and resilience amidst adversity.

The track’s heartfelt lyrics are delivered through James’ emotive vocal style, offering a sense of solace and understanding to those facing tough times. “I hope this song can help people feel like they’re not alone when they go through something, or when they watch a loved one go through something,” James says.

The inspiration behind “Bird in a Hurricane” came from a personal place, as James penned the track about a close friend’s struggle, but he believes anyone can relate to its lyrics. “It’s a universal song for anyone feeling helpless for someone they love,” James reflects.

“Bird in a Hurricane” is the musician’s first release since signing with Six60’s record label, Massive.

he collaboration with the iconic Aotearoa band’s label seems like a seamless transition for James, who has previously toured with Six60 and collaborated on songwriting.

Six60’s warm welcome to James into their whānau underscores the mutual respect and admiration between the artists: “We’ve been fans of Mitch for years, he’s almost part of the furniture! He has so much to offer as a songwriter and performer, and we’re excited to welcome him into the Massive whanau.”

Listeners can experience the acoustic version of “Bird in a Hurricane” on James’ YouTube channel, where the stripped-down performance adds an extra layer of intimacy to the already poignant song.

Mitch James’ “Bird in a Hurricane” is out now via Massive. Read his 2023 interview with Rolling Stone AU/NZ here.