She appreciates that many of the fans who know her first as a champion pro wrestler have joined her on her journey in the country music world.
"Most of them have embraced it and absolutely love it," she said. "The same people who are buying tickets to come see me in the ring are the same people, for the most part, are buying the album. I couldn't be happier."
The BaseBrawl tour, in its fourth year, gives Impact Wrestling fans a unique experience. Most pro wrestling shows are held in arenas. This one takes place in the open air of minor league baseball stadiums. In live events like tonight's, the wrestlers are able to perform without the constraints of television time limits. James said there's also the factor of performing in the sweltering summer weather.
"You can go do cardio for an hour and you'll break a sweat, but there's nothing like 10 minutes in the ring," she said. "You have to think on your feet at the same time. It's like boxing. You're thinking, you're moving, you're ducking, you're dodging. But now to add that outdoor atmosphere along with it, oh my gosh."
Still, she loves the opportunity to tour and feel the excitement of a new crowd every night. Now she can get that rush both in the ring and on the stage, and she sees herself putting all her energy into both for a long time.
"I love music as much as I love wrestling," James said. "They're both equal passions of mine. I feel very fortunate to be able to do both of what I love. I get to wake up every morning and work on what I love."
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