Filthy Habit (Official Video)

New EP "Haunted Things"


"March of Crows" is an interdisciplinary collaborative project devised by singer-songwriter Shayfer James. The first "March Of Crows" event was a collaboration between Shayfer, 16 visual artists, 3 Poets, a director, a Choreographer a lighting designer, and videographer, all based out of Jersey City. 

The process began with visual art. Shayfer has written and recorded 16 songs using the work of local artists as prompt. The task was to not only communicate the art through words, but also by incorporating different styles and textures to capture the life of the work.


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June 3rd:A Concert Benefitting York Street Project, Jersey City 

On June 3rd,  I will be performing many of the songs from the "March of Crows" project at The Citizen in Jersey City.
50% of the door will go to benefit York Street Project, a local charity that is focused on empowering women in need. 
The performance will feature 21 songs, from both MOC and my other releases.  Additionaly, the artwork that originally inspired the MOC songs will be projected during the performance.  In the spirit of keeping this project truly local, I'll be performing alongside only Jersey City musicians.

Johnny Mercer Writer's Colony at Goodspeed Musicals 

It an honor to have been selected as one of only 40 writers to take part in this amazing opportunity.
For the last year, my co-conspirator Kate Douglas and I have been writing a musical.  The details shall remain
mysterious for now, but we were invited to spend a week with theater professionals and other writers to workshop, revise, and build
our concept.  Learn all about the colony HERE.

EP Release Celebration: Sept 19 at Rockwood Music Hall. Free. 8pm. 

It is my absolute pleasure to announce the "Haunted Things" EP release celebration.
The performance will take place at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2). The evening will go as follows:

7pm - Darling (
8pm - Yours truly
9pm - lots and lots of celebratory drinking with all of you.

This recording has been a long time coming for certain.
It tells, from cover cover, a very specific, personal story.

Please join me with the band:
Jeremy Gillespie (Bass, Backing Vocals, Etc)
Corby Hewson (Drums)
Tom Senatore Jr. (Organ, Guitar, Backing Vocals, etc)

Special Guest: Author, Clay McLeod Chapman

Across the Ocean 

Happy to announce I'll be traveling overseas for some wonderful collaborative works at SagaFest in Iceland and The University of The Arts in London.
More details and a travel blog coming.  I'll be gone from May 19 - June 1.  Indeed.

Red Room Vol. 2 and Haunted Things 

I recently decided that before I release the full production EP, "Haunted Things" (in progress), that it is esssential for me to release another collection of songs.
I had been neglecting a specific creative time during which I disassembled love and life as I knew it.  I will record "Red Room Vol. 2" on November 9th.  The songs will be tracked piano/vocal live takes, and I will then bang on various items and hoot and holler a bit.  This will be raw and unkempt.  I will release it on November 19th. "Red Room Vol 2" sales will serve to raise funds for "Haunted Things",  a collection of songs I wrote during reassembly over the last year.   I look forward to sharing these stories with you.  See you sooner.