As an artist, James House placed nine records on the Billboard country charts between 1989 and 1996, with the biggest being 1995’s "This Is Me Missing You," which hit No. 6 in 1995 – almost two decades ago. Since that time, he has also found success as a songwriter with hits from Dwight Yoakam ("Ain’t That Lonely Yet"), Diamond Rio ("In A Week Or Two") and Martina McBride ("A Broken Wing"), so hit songs and House go hand in hand. Still, the performer tells Billboard that he received a note in the fall of 2013 that threw him for a little bit of a loop.
"Back in November, I got an email from a fan who said ‘This Is Me Missing You’ is number one on the UK dance charts," he said with a hint of disbelief in his voice. "My first thought was that somebody covered it. I emailed back and asked who cut it, and they said ‘Nobody. It was our track.’ I investigated, and indeed it was number one." The success of the song made him think about the possibility of a new record – something he hadn’t done since 2009’s Home, Vol. 1 EP. "I thought if there was ever be a great time to do another record, this was it," he told The 615.
That project, "Broken Glass, Twisted Steel," is out this week on House’s own Victor House label. It’s a mixture of new material, along with a few songs that House has been waiting to put his stamp on for awhile. "I’ve been wanting to do this record for a long time – with my versions of ‘Ain’t That Lonely Yet,’ ‘In A Week Or Two,’ or ‘A Broken Wing.’ I also had some new stuff on the record as well that I wanted to cut. It was just a good time. I really enjoyed it."