Austin Hartley-Leonard began as a solo singer/songwriter in Austin, TX. His first demo earned him an invitation to the 2005 SXSW Music Festival. Soon after, he started looking for other musicians to round out the band, and the group St. James Inc. was born. The band went on to see success in the Austin music scene and was invited to perform at the Austin City Limits Festival in 2005. After releasing the 8 Hours EP in 2006, St. James Inc. performed at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago and then relocated to Los Angeles, where they continued to see great success.