James, who is originally from Yorkshire, has also been nominated for a Grammy twice, for co-writing Coping from Toni Braxton’s album Sex & Cigarettes and Let ‘Em Talk from Kesha’s album Rainbow.
James was originally meant to be performing as the UK’s entry in 2020, before the competition was cancelled.
Instead, he will be competing this year and performing his new song Embers in Rotterdam later this month.
While speaking to Radio 1 Newsbeat, James said: “Embers is about those sparks that don’t die out.”
The American Song Contest will air in 2022 on NBC. The Eurovision Song contest 2021 will air on the BBC this May.