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Luke James weighs his "Options"
Grammy-nominated crooner Luke James is heating up radio with his brand new single "Options" featuring Rick Ross. It's the newest track from Luke's long-awaited, self-titled debut album that will be available to (some very eager) fans on September 23, 2014.
"Options" opens with some cinematic piano keys in its beginning moments, then segues into booming drums and a volume that escalates to deafening levels. James' vocals and a verse from Ross level it out, and the track becomes a more vocal-driven ballad telling the story where a couple has the "options" to either make the relationship work or go their separate ways.
"I'm a man of simple knowledge/ She's a woman that's prone to violence," sings Luke as the piano yields to a thumping beat. "It used to something beautiful, red flags regardless/ And love used to be our vehicle/ But now there's too much mileage."
There's no doubt that James is helping to put traditional R&B back on the map, joining a host of A-list artists like Usher and Ne-Yo while still gearing up to release his first full studio album. If you didn't catch him last year crisscrossing Europe and North America as the opening act for Beyonce's Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, you'll undoubtedly find him back in the spotlight this year … perhaps as a headliner.
New Orleans native has plenty of soul (Created August 16, 2013)
When someone uses the word "soulful" to describe an R&B artist, the name Usher comes to mind more often than not. But there's a new face on the scene, and Luke James is doing everything he can to make sure you don't forget it.
Who is James, exactly? If you ask people who know him, they're likely to describe him as "organic," "contemporary" and "fresh." And truth is, the New Orleans native is fine with all those descriptors (and more), as he's amassed quite the resume in the last few years, beginning as a background singer for Tyrese and eventually penning songs for the likes of Justin Bieber and Chris Brown.
Of course, a musical upbringing is often a factor for more passionate artists, and James is no exception. He grew up listening to Marvin Gaye and Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, along with Willie Nelson and Alabama. But it was an amateur talent segment on TV's "Showtime at the Apollo" that captured the imagination of an 11-year-old James and set him on a path to musical stardom.
Back in 2011, James went from crafting songs for other artists to focusing on his solo career. He released his debuted extended EP "Luke," had his first single receive universal acclaim from critics, and earned a Best New Artist nomination at the 2012 Soul Train Music Awards. His second mixtape, "Whispers in the Dark" provided significant buzz for his debut album, "Made to Love," and he earned a nomination for Best R&B Performance at the Grammys. The icing on the cake, however, was being personally chosen by Beyonce Knowles at the opening act for her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in 2013. BET.com said "It would be a pop culture injustice if Luke James doesn't become a household name." It appears now that Mr. James is well on his way.
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Luke James Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 02/26/2015 Philadelphia PA Underground Arts 02/25/2015 New York NY Highline Ballroom 02/01/2015 Glasgow Glg O2 Academy Glasgow 01/29/2015 London Lnd Eventim Apollo 01/28/2015 London London O2 Academy Brixton 01/27/2015 Birmingham W Mids O2 Academy Birmingham 01/24/2015 Manchester Lancashire O2 Apollo Manchester 01/22/2015 Newcastle Upon Tyne T & W O2 Academy Newcastle
Luke James Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 10/05/2014 Dallas TX House of Blues Dallas 10/03/2014 Houston TX House of Blues - Houston 09/29/2014 Atlanta GA Vinyl 09/28/2014 Atlanta GA Vinyl 09/26/2014 Washington DC The Hamilton 09/24/2014 New York NY Sob'S 09/23/2014 New York NY Sob'S 07/09/2014 New York NY Sob'S
Luke James Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/31/2013 New York NY Radio City Music Hall 12/16/2013 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 11/09/2013 Newark DE University of Delaware 08/05/2013 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 07/07/2013 New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 07/05/2013 New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Luke James Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/12/2012 New York NY Sob'S 11/29/2012 Bowling Green OH Howard's Club H 11/24/2012 New York NY Apollo Theater 07/07/2012 Houston TX Arena Theatre
Luke James Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 12/16/2011 West Hollywood CA Key Club