James Deignan is a composer of choral music based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A proud Luther College graduate, James studied composition with Brooke Joyce and has been mentored by industry professionals such as Andrew Last, Allen Hightower, and Steven Albaugh, among others.

James has been commissioned by Luther College's Collegiate Chorale and Nordic Choir; Turtle Creek Chorale; San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus; and many high school choral programs across the Midwest. He has also had his works performed by the Northern Arizona University Shrine of Ages Choir, North Dakota State University choirs, and various other university ensembles. James' music received its Carnegie Hall debut in 2019.

James sings baritone in the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, under the direction of Phillip Brunelle. James teaches music at PiM Arts High School, practices Buddhist meditation, and consumes lots of pop culture and politics with his wife, Christine.