Having grown up in a music loving family that had a piano playing mom, and a singing dad, it’s no surprise that James Larken would end up with such a love of music. Combine that with what his mother called once a “love affair” with “electronic impulses”, and you have a unique combination that has led to his love of performing, writing, teaching, appreciating, and presenting music via the radio show The Morning Coffee Mix™& KFEE-DB Digital Radio. Add to that his life experiences, and it’s a pretty good basis for what he does.
James studied music for several years at Baptist Bible College in Springfield Missouri. His primary instrument through the years has been trumpet. He also plays keyboards, and sings. For a number of years he helped several churches with their music programs. Most recently it has been hosting his morning show on KFEE-DB and working with his Executive Producer Jennifer Kim to grow the station. He loves jazz, classical, movie soundtracks, and has an affinity for any music by real musicians. Some of his favorite artists are trumpet players of coarse. Players like Chuck Mangione, Chris Botti, Louis Armstrong, and of coarse Phil Driscoll. He is heavily influenced by vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, & James Taylor. Add groups like Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, and Seals & Crofts, and you have a good idea what you might occasionally hear on James’s play lists.
One of the things that greatly influences James’s life is the fact that experienced a stroke, brain surgery, and a coma at the age of 40. Is was caused by a very rare condition in his brain called an Arteriovenous malformations, or “AVM” for short. AVM’s are defects of the circulatory system that are generally believed to arise during embryonic or fetal development or soon after birth. They are comprised of snarled tangles of arteries and veins. AVMs of the brain or spinal cord (neurological AVMs) are believed to affect approximately 300,000 Americans, and often lead to the necessity of brain surgery, and unfortunately often cause strokes. But in spite of the difficulties and challenge, James has come out ahead in this situation. James lives in Sugar Land Texas with his wonderful wife Lisa, and has two kids, Corey Michael & Rachel Elizabeth, both attending college. He shares two dogs, Sawyer and Twoey, who can often be heard during the broadcast!
As a few folks here know, I have been doing a morning radio show(music) here for about 4 years now. My audience has grown, and it is turning into a real meaningful and successful part of my life. And I'm blessed to have a few of…Continue