James Kuchilala was born on 16 July 1985 in Mangochi. He started playing the guitar in 2001 before enrolling at the Chancellor College of Malawi where he studied music as a minor course. While at Chancellor College, James worked with the Chancellor College Catholic choir as a guitarist in Mundilengere Mtima and Munthawi Yake albums before graduating in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Education. He has also worked with Freedom Band of Zomba and Funghai Mutsinze. Currently teaching at a secondary school in Mangochi he is working on his first solo album to be released soon.