Lance James is a versatile, bilingual performer who specialises in Corporate functions, Concerts, Dances, Barndances, Weddings, Shopping Centre promotions, and In-store promotions. He is considered as one of the top entertainers ever in South Africa, and has an excellent rapport with his audiences.
Winner of six SABC Sarie Awards, a “Loony’s Award” for his contribution to entertainment, plus an Honorary Award from ATKV Centurion, Beeld and Pretoria Afrikaanse Sakekamer for his contribution to Afrikaans music. Lance has appeared in many top Television Shows, is a well established Master of Ceremonies, as well as a well known Radio Broadcaster, currently broadcasting on Radio Today.
As with all my interviews, it was so interesting how this meeting came about and I’m so glad it did! For some time now I’ve done some work for the same radio station which airs Lance’s show Keep It Country, Radio Today Johannesburg, but I’d never had the opportunity of meeting Lance. However, I emailed Lance one day requesting that he played the music of Carly Ritter on his show for me – which he listened to and loved – and I asked him whether he’d mind being interviewed on Pop Speaking. SUCH an exciting moment for me as Lance James has been a legend in country music for over 55 years!!
Lance James is a gentleman through and through and the hour we spent together was so appreciated – I wish there were more men around like this. Definitely a treasured moment that I won’t forget.
I think it may be the longest running show by the same presenter. In April this year it will have been running for 38 years. It started on Springbok Radio
Have you had more success with English or Afrikaans – I realise you are completely bilingual, but are you English or Afrikaans?
My dad was Afrikaans, but I was only 11 when he died. I have had a lot of success with Afrikaans songs though. It’s such a spiritual, descriptive language, and Dankie and Vicky are two examples of Afrikaans songs I’ve had great success with.
The “Country Legends”, Barbara Ray, Clive Bruce and Sally Vaughn have been in the forefront of entertainment in South Africa for decades now, and still enjoy huge popularity, and remain in demand throughout the land.Barbara Ray is the “Queen of Country”, Clive Bruce is known as the “Midnight Cowboy” and Sally Vaughn, as “Mama Country” who has represented South Africa twice at music festivals in America and the Rodeo Girls will bring much glamour to the show. The Rodeo Girls are a lovely dancing group.
I’ve appeared at many of the casinos around Johannesburg, and years ago I took part in shows in your neck of the woods – in the band stand at Rhodes Park.
A lot of your songs are spiritual – Dankie is one of the most spiritual and reaching songs I know. It touches souls, and that is essentially what I’m trying to do with this blog. How does it feel to know that a song touches people, that in today’s and yesterday’s generations people were touched, and will be tomorrow?
Has there been one special moment – something pivotal that you would say ‘changed your life’?
Dankie is one of those songs that changed my life. I recorded it in 1968. It was actually a song in German, and we were recording an Afrikaans album. So they rang up a gent by the name of Chris Steyn, and told him to drop everything and come in and translate it. And he did, and we recorded it on the same day. That song changed my life. To this day it does. That’s when I realised there was a God. And I thank him and talk to him every day. And I know that schools sing that song and hundreds of choirs sing it.
Lance has about 70 recorded albums to his credit, most recently “One Day at a Time” gospel (2005), “50 Goue Jare” (2006), to celebrate 50 years in music, and in 2007 he released a “live” DVD “50 Goue Jare”. He also appears on “Toeka 2” (2006) and “Country Legends” (2007) and “Ek Sing vir jou Bles” (2007) DVD. His latest double CD “It is No Secret” was released mid February 2008 and ‘Nader my God” released in May 2008.