James Jean is a vocalist, musician, producer and songwriter from Austin, Texas. James performs professionally as Decoyote. His musical stylings have often been compared to artists such as Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Tom Petty, Pete Yorn, and Tom Waits. Over the course of his musical career, James has independently released 

  • Two full-length albums.
  • A full-length live album.
  • An EP and a handful of singles.

James describes himself as a student of human behavior, and often weaves into his songs nuanced threads of the human experience he sees around him.  His music also draws upon his own unique perspective on the subjects of love, loss, and life all underpinned by a message of hope that inspires. 

As a senior user experience designer at IBM, behavioral research is a part of James’ skill set, and it appears in his music. Experience has taught him that at the center of even the most complex business problems are basic human needs and exchanges that can be solved and improved through iterative, data-driven design—whether designing new emotions, physical change, family relationships, or any number of human needs.

James has shared the stage with the likes of Austin-based artists Shane Smith & The Saints, Carson McHone, Natalie Price, Lauren Diamond, Ray Prim, David Hamburger, Kate Howard, Tom Meny, Mike Hidalgo (Obsolete Machines, Matt Gilmour Band), Chris Beall (South Austin Moonlighters), Jeff Plankenhorn (The Resentments), Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Matt Giles, Ellen Bryant, Born Again Virgin, The Nightowls, Dossey, Sounds Under Radio and many more.