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Jarryd James embraces life's highs on EP

AAP logoAAP 29/07/2016 Danielle McGrane

In music, sometimes it takes two to make a hit, something Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston figured out in the 1960s.

Over 50 years later, Aussie singer Jarryd James is still employing this logic.

The recipient of best pop release at last year's ARIA Awards for his track Do You Remember has released a five-track EP High, the follow up to his debut album Thirty One.

The EP is new music James has added to his album for its US release. But the lead single off this six-track EP, 1000X, is actually an old song James never thought he'd release.

The song came from James' first writing session with Lorde's producer Joel Little, who helped shape his first album.

"That song was the first song I ever wrote with Joel. When he was still living in New Zealand I went over to Auckland just for a day," James told AAP.

"I was never sure about the song, I just didn't like it. I thought 'There's something about this song that's not right, I'm going to leave it and if someone else wants to use it, it's fine'."

James went on tour supporting Kiwi brother and sister duo Broods and lead singer Georgia Nott heard the song and added her vocals to it.

This made all the difference.

"When I heard Georgia on it that's when I realised that was where the song was finally where it should be, and it's really something that I love now," he said.

The result is an incredibly romantic duet that Nott ended up playing at her wedding in New Zealand earlier this year.

"Georgia really connected to the song and it became one of her favourites and she ended up walking down the aisle to the song," he said.

It leads five fresh new tracks on the EP, plus High which featured on James' album.

James has spent most of the last few months going in and out of LA combining writing with touring.

For the Brisbane singer it all still feels special considering he had all but given up on music a couple of years ago.

"These songs did come really easy because this last year and a half of my life, I've been inspired by what happened to me in such a big way because it's something that I never thought I'd get to do again, and now it's all I do," he said.

"When you're in this industry you realise you just have to throw everything you've got at it and make it the best."

*High is out now

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