James Hunter is an alternative-folk musician based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Hunter began this solo project as an outlet during the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020.
In the years following he has released two self-produced/recorded EPs, grown his local audience in Wellington and formed his live band, “James Hunter and The Gatherers” that performs the original works all around New Zealand.
Drawing from musical influences such as Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver and Jeff Buckley, Hunter creates songs with lyrical narratives that look into his own vulnerable experiences of love, fear, faith, joy and pain.
Sit for a while and open yourself up to listen and to feel.
"(You) is bold, brave and resonant in a year when many can relate to love and loss"
- Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo (Muzic.Net.NZ)
"His lyrics are heartfelt and honest...his voice...reminiscent of the likes of James Blake and Active Child with its purity of tone and range"
- May Magazine
"I don’t do 5 star reviews lightly at all, but this is a 5 and a half."
- Darryl Baser (Muzic.Net.NZ)
"James’s music is refreshingly heartfelt and vulnerable. With a creamy voice that traverses the lows of unfeigned melancholy to the highs of besotted wonder."
- Hilary Carmodie (Undertheradar.co.nz)