James LeRegis Ware, a native of Peoria, IL began playing the drums at age three. His first public performance was with the Ware Family gospel group at age four. It soon became evident that this was a gift from God and this gift should be taken seriously. At age 8, James’ father started a church in Peoria, Illinois and James became the drummer for Grace Apostolic Assembly. From that point on, he played at tent revivals, choir musicals and all services affiliated with Grace.
James Ware, after studying and continuing to improve on his craft, started a small business…JW Drums and Restoration. James began teaching young drummers how to maintain their drum sets, and become better drummers themselves. James focuses on the young drummers attitude first and then musicianship. He also developed relationships with local churches to offer mentoring services to their drummers. James has been the drummer for Illinois State Mass Choir, Love By Degreez, Women of Vision and Illinois Central College Gospel Choir just to name a few.
Currently James is the drummer and manager for Ambient. Ambient is a 4-piece band that performs for local events, restaurants and corporate functions. In 2007 Ambient won the ICC RiverCity Soulfest Idol Contest in Peoria, IL and also released the single Stormy Night, composed and arranged by James Ware. This single was recorded at A# Productions in Peoria, IL where James serves as studio drummer. James is currently recording with Ambient to release their long awaited debut album. James gives all credit to God for this gift and continues to praise God with and for his musical talent. James considers it to be a privilege to be part of Grace Apostolic Assembly where the leaders have allowed him to express himself musically. “I know that my talent and love for music is a special gift from God. I pray that God keeps me with a humble attitude and continues to present opportunities to inspire others.