James Gardiner is the Co-Founder/Chief Creative/Music Officer of Ayata Interactive Media (AIM) and an award-winning composer, arranger, orchestrator, producer and recording engineer with two Grammy nominations and 42 gold and platinum awards to his credit. Gardiner is a NARAS (Grammy) voting member.
Gardiner won (2018) Art4Peace Awards: Best Motivational Pop Song and 61st Grammy Award Consideration (2019) for 'Yes, I'm Ready' on the 'We Got Next II: The Revolution is Here! Compilation album released by Kulturezine Media Interactive, LLC/The Orchard/Sony.
His single 'I Am A Man First' won a 60th Grammy Award Consideration (2018) for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Music Video directed by Rian Mac and Paula Telander.
Gardiner's filmography includes composer for TV Series ENVY The Game (2019), and as a soundtrack mix engineer: Doctor Doolittle (1998), Men In Black (1997), Tales from the Crypt: Demon Night (1995), Sugar Hill (1993), Menace II Society (1993), Boyz 'N the Hood (1991), and Howard the Duck (1986).
Video Games: Space Shuttle, Baby Tad: Leap Frog/Knowledge Kids Enterprises, Star Trek: Birth of the Federation (1999), MechWarrior 3: Pirates' Moon: Hasbro/Milton Bradley (1999), MechWarrior 3: Hasbro/Milton Bradley (1999), B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty 8th: Hasbro/Milton Bradley (1999), Top Gun: Hornet's Nest (1998).
Herbie Hancock recommended Gardiner as his replacement as the State of Washington composer-in-residence. He wrote and conducted several works for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Kenny G and his music director Robert Damper were among those Gardiner discovered and mentored.
He's worked with Grammy Award winning artists: Beyonce, Destiny's Child, Will Smith, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Barry White, Deniece Williams, Bobby Kimball (Toto), Nikita Germaine (Train), Rosie Gaines (Prince), Sakai (Train), D'Wayne Wiggins, Yasmeena, Sheila E, Vanessa Williams, India Arie, Michael Cooper, Brain McKnight, Lenny Williams, Jody Watley, Angela Bofil, B Angie B, The Whispers, Najee, Tupac Shakur, Digital Underground, Luniz, Too $hort, Master P, E-40, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Thomas Dolby, Pharoah Sanders, Hubert Laws, Grover Washington Jr., George Benson, Donny Hathaway, Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Withers, Bobby Hutcherson, John Lee Hooker Jr., Hank Crawford, Hubert Laws, George Benson, Ron Carter, Rickie Lee Jones and Eddie Money.
He runs along with his business partner producer/director Paula Telander, Touch-Tone Productions a full service music production company, Pajama Studios a world-class recording studio, and Gardiner Music Mentoring a new artist development and mentoring program.