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Country Firebrand Releases First Song Since Inking Major Label Record Deal with Buena Vista Records/UMG Nashville/19 Recordings


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6 OCTOBER 2023 (TORONTO, ON) – 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."


Pictured (L-R): The Core’s Chief Zaruk and Tracy Martin, UMG Nashville’s Cindy Mabe, Dillon James, The Core’s Taylor Manns and Simon Tikhman
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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.” 



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