James LaBrie (Voz)
Kevin James Labrie was born on May 5, 1963 in Penetanguishene, a town in
Ontario, Canada. James' parents say that when he was three years old, he would
walk around the house singing whatever songs were on the radio. Although he
didn't get the words right, he could sing the melodies. Inspired by his father,
James started singing and playing drums at age 5: "My parents say I was tapping
on everything so if they didn't get me a drum set, I'd ruin the house!" By the
age of ten, he was performing in a barber shop quartet with his father, uncle
Yet James' real love was rock music which he pursued by his
early teens. By fourteen, James was singing and playing drums in several bands.
However, James knew that drums were secondary to his true passion, singing. At
eighteen, James moved to Toronto, Canada.
At age 21, he began vocal
training with the renowned vocal coach Rosemary Patricia Burns. After working
with several Canadian bands, James became the vocalist for Winter Rose, which
almost signed with Atlantic Records. Then Pierre Paradis, who managed the band
Voi Vod, approached James regarding a solo project with Aquarius Records. He
also told James about a New York based band called Dream Theater who were
looking for a vocalist. The rest, as they say, is history.
tastes are quite varied as he names Metallica, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Journey and
Judas Priest as well as classical composers Mozart, Vivaldi and Beethoven as
favorites. Influential vocalists include Steve Perry (formerly of Journey),
Freddie Mercury, Sting, Paul Rodgers and Nat King Cole. James continues to
practice with Ms. Burns and encourages other vocalists to pursue formal
When not on the road, James enjoys camping, downhill skiing and
reading. His favorite authors include Anne Rice, Dee Brown, Robert Utley and
Forest Carter. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife Karen,
daughter Chloe and son Chance Abraham.