L.A. Fireman To Perform “Miracle” Song At Bluebird

Buoyed by local airplay, a story in the Los Angeles Times and a talent contest win, a Los Angeles fireman will bring his songs to Nashville’s Bluebird Café Sunday (June 24) at 7:30 p.m. The focal point of Curtis James’ performance will be “They’ll Know Someday,” the song that has earned him his current attention. James (whose real name is Curtis James Ogle) wrote the song after an old man told him a story during an open house at James’ fire station in Reseda. The man said that paramedics from the station had taken his wife of 40 years to the hospital after her liver failed. She slipped into a coma, but every day her husband stayed at her side, talking, reading to her and telling her he loved her. After showing no signs of awareness for three and a half weeks, the woman awakened, said “I love you, too.” She then went back into a coma and soon after died. Last year, James’ song about the “miracle” earned him Top 10 honors in the regional True Value Country Showdown talent contest. He subsequently recorded the song and nine other of his compositions and released his own self-titled album. Recently, Big Horse Records, an independent label owned by former Curb Records executive Ric Lippincott, signed James and released “They’ll Know Someday” as a single. The record is being played on local country stations KLOA, Ridgecrest, Calif., and KIBS, Bishop, Calif. 06/20/01