James "Sunny Jim" White

Singer Songwriter

James "Sunny Jim" White is a singer/songwriter whose original songs are inspired by love, life in the Caribbean and the interesting people who frequent the islands. His light-hearted approach and clever interpretation have earned him a loyal following across the U.S. especially among those who appreciate the tropical lifestyle. Sunny Jim’s songs are often heard on Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville.


James “Sunny Jim” White discovered his passion for music as a teenager in California where played small local gigs. As a student at Chico State he became an active member of the local music scene, but after graduation he got serious about his musical career. After a decade in Northern California he moved to Nashville to try his luck as a songwriter, but fate had other plans.


 A temporary gig in 1988 led him to the Cayman Islands, and James found his Caribbean island home and the laidback lifestyle that defines him. As an island resident and the artist-in-residence at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman, James encountered people and experienced things that have been the inspiration for his music. In 2000 after more than a decade in the Caribbean, Sunny Jim left expatriate life and moved to Florida’s beautiful Suncoast. He calls Osprey, Florida home.


He’s performed across U.S. and internationally in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America where his authentic songs have earned Sunny Jim a loyal following. James White has helped pioneer the thriving “Troprock” music scene across Florida and the U.S. Sunny Jim has won an impressive 16 Troprock Music Association Wave Awards including; Male Vocalist of the Year, Musician of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Performer of the Year and the “I Can” award for community service. Three of his CDs, KISS, Flotsam and Jetsam, Rum Shoes have been named CD of the Year by the Association membership. His music can be heard on Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville. He wrote a song for the movie The Firm, and he appears in the recent film, The Parrothead Documentary. 


James is a regular performer at Meeting of the Minds, the annual convention of National Parrothead Clubs Association in Key West. He hosted Six String Music, a sponsored singer/songwriter event in New Orleans from 2001-2016, and he is currently the host for Music on the Bay in Tampa, one of the fastest growing Parrothead events in the country.