written by: Carla Bynum
Luke James is a Grammy nominated artist with good looks and a buttery smooth voice but in the R&B world he has oftentimes been overlooked. With the recent release of his self-titled debut album, the singer is looking to make his mark in the R&B game.
Luke James Boyd was born in New Orleans to a single mother who was instrumental in his love for music. She introduced him to a wide array of musical genres which is the reason his musical influences range from Marvin Gaye to Willie Nelson.
In 2001 while attending St. Augustine High School, along with schoolmate and future OFWGKTA member Frank Ocean, LJ teamed with his classmates Quentin “Q” Spears and Thomas Hyde to form the musical trio Upskale. Through the short-lived trio, he met longtime manager, director and choreographer Frank Gaston. Upskale disbanded after high school and LJ decided to relocate to Los Angeles where he arguably received his break into the music world.
Boyd later teamed up with former Upskale member Q and formed the duo Luke and Q. They were chosen as the opening act for artists such as Tyrese and Brian McKnight and things were seemingly taking off from there. Unfortunately, the opportunities failed to gain them much recognition and they decided to go their separate ways. After they parted ways, LJ teamed up with producer Danja and began songwriting. As a songwriter, he co-wrote hit songs, including, “Crawl” by Chris Brown, “Kill the Lights” by Britney Spears, Justin Bieber’s “That Should Be Me” and Keri Hilson’s “Do It.”
In 2011, Boyd gained recognition with the release of his first mixtape #Luke which featured the critically acclaimed song “I Want You.” The song gained LJ a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. He released his second mixtape Whispers in the Dark the following year. He was personally selected by Beyoncé to appear as the male lead in her “Who Run the World (Girls)” video and later to perform as the opening act on her 2013 “Mrs. Carter World Tour” show.
He released his debut studio album Luke James on September 23 and has embarked on a six city tour that started on September 23 in New York and will end on October 5th in Dallas, Texas.
Now is the perfect time to get acquainted with the singer because he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
“This isn’t a fad for me. I’m willing to go wherever with this because music is everything to me. This is my world and how I see it. My music speaks for me in a way that’s relatable and truthful.” -Luke James