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Dillon James

California-born singer/songwriter Dillon James details his journey from reckless to revival with his debut major label track, “Walking Man,” out everywhere today. Written by Dillon with Paul Sikes and Paul Wrock, the song is produced by Paul DiGiovanni and Sikes. It’s an autobiographical introduction to a soul-stirring talent set to weave his hard-fought footprints through Nashville and beyond. Get to know Dillon James here.


Have you ever been a mile past goin’ gets tough

Six feet under but you push dirt up

Till sun breaks through

Gets you back up kickin’

From a dead man walking to a

Walking man livin’


“Walking Man” is the first look at new music from Dillon since signing to Buena Vista Records/UMG Nashville/19 Recordings. He is managed by The Core Entertainment.

“Dillon is going to leave an indelible fingerprint on country music,” shares UMG Nashville Chair & CEO, Cindy Mabe. “His purpose and vision is to share his fiery lyrics and his raw gritty sound infused with his life’s journey with the world, bringing in his story of loss, hope, faith and redemption to country music. I’m so proud to add Dillon to our UMGN family.”

Dillon has been performing his soon-to-be-released music on the road with tour dates across the country this year. For more information, please visit

About Dillon James:
Born and raised in Bakersfield, California, Dillon James was influenced by the city’s unique blend of Rock n’ Roll and Country music from an early age, picking up a guitar for the first time at the age of 10. Dillon was first drawn to classic rock, though his tastes diversified to the likes of City And Colour, Glen Campbell, Jeff Buckley, George Strait and Bob Dylan by the time he began writing his own music as a teen. Combined with inspiration from the local sounds of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, Dillon developed the country-rock infused vocals and powerful storytelling that would define his distinct sound. After winning several singer-songwriter competitions and a brief stint working as an actor in Los Angeles, Dillon entered a turbulent period of substance abuse and homelessness. During this painful time, he realized that if he could heal himself and achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a singer-songwriter, he could become a living testament to others as well. Dillon accomplished his goal and moved to Nashville to write and record music, including his debut track “Walking Man” and more set to be released soon. In his own words, “human connection is the goal, music is just the vessel.”


Audio / Dillon James talks about his new song, "Walking Man."


Dillon James (Walking Man) 1 OC: …lost it all. :25
“‘Walking Man’ is a song that I wrote with two of really good friends, and when we got the hook, everyone in the room was just, we all looked at each other and we were like, ‘Dude, that’s it, man’ — From a dead man walking to a walking man living. And I really hope that when fans listen to this song, they can take away from it the same thing I do every time I listen to it, which is there’s still hope even when you feel like you’ve lost it all.”

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