The nom de plume of Utah-based rap sensation James Curran, James The Mormon made huge strides for the Utah rap scene in 2016 when his debut EP, I'm Not a Rapper, hit number one on the ITunes Hip Hop/Rap chart. Curran grew up internationally, spending his formative years in faraway places like Russia, China, and Uzbekistan. He began writing, recording, and performing at the age of 17. In his late twenties Curran began posting his videos on YouTube, and soon built a strong following on the strength of singles/videos like "Motivation" and "I Will Never Stop." In April 2016 he issued his first collection of music. Curran donated 50 percent of the profits from I'm Not a Rapper to the LDS missionary fund.