Kenny Chesney broke from his country roots Thursday by spending the day in Malibu, paddle boarding and competing in a game of shirtless bocce ball.
You may wonder why Jessica Simpson and her sister Ashlee have not turned out like Britney Spears.
Non-country artists who have recorded his works include Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys, Bon Jovi and Paulina Rubio.
James also co-wrote American Idol season 10 winner Scotty Mc Creery's debut single "I Love You This Big".
In 2010 James charted number one with Jason Aldean's "The Truth" and Chris Young's "The Man I Want to Be".
ASCAP named James their country songwriter of the year in 2006 and again in 2010.