James LaRocca was born in Rochester, New York. He grew up in Oregon and graduated from the University of North Texas where he earned a Bachelors in Music Composition and Jazz Guitar. Two years after graduating, James' vision suddenly became impaired. After some tests, James was told that he had Optic Neuritis which is a precursor to Multiple Sclerosis. Because of this devastating news, James and his wife Sunday, who was expecting their first child, decided to move back home to Oregon. James had a serious attack in April of 2000 which led to a diagnosis of MS. However, he was still able to pursue his work, compose music, and perform at various jazz clubs. In 2003, with the help and encouragement of his family, James produced his first CD entitled "A Different Road". This CD is a musical compilation of his original compositions, featuring his sensitive guitar playing. (Note: James dedicated 51% of all profits from his CD to the MS Society of Oregon to help find a cure for this devastating disease) Just before Christmas 2005, James had a severe MS attack again which left him so disabled that he is unable to play guitar, his love and passion of more than 30 years. At this point, James felt that he would no longer be able to be a part of the music world because of his challenges. But then on his 40th birthday, his parents bought him a computer. He later discovered a software program for music composition. Then, a wonderful idea came to him; just because he could no longer play the music doesn't mean that he could no longer write it. He began composing again and lined up his talented musician friends to play his music. After 2 years of painstakingly composing on paper, note by note, his latest CD "The Awakening" is here. James says his CD "is dedicated to providing hope and courage to people who must deal with disease in their lives." He would like you to listen to the music, read the stories that go with each piece, and enjoy the journey.