James Hayden, bass, is a singer, composer, and arranger based in Los Angeles, CA. He has developed a particular fondness for unusual performances, learning how to sing and ride a penny-farthing bike as the Basso Buffo in the LA Phil’s production of John Cage’s Europeras, and portraying a cowardly crooner in the world premier of Annie Gosfield’s War of the Worlds. Other notable engagements include the ongoing worldwide tour of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Lagrime di San Pietro, two appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and two performances with the Rolling Stones on their 50th Anniversary Tour.
His voice can be heard on movie and video game soundtracks, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Minions, The Hangover Part III, and League of Legends. He is a Roster Chorister with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and a Company Member with The Industry, the experimental opera company praised by KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen as “the coolest opera company in the world.” When not embodying villains or wise priests on the operatic stage, he performs with the new-music vocal sextet Hex, is a voice actor for Sony Pictures Television, and writes award-winning pop a cappella charts for ensembles across the U.S.