Luke James Hits the Stage at the Highline Ballroom

Fellow Music Matters artists Ro James and BJ the Chicago Kid opened the show with individual sets.

R&B crooner Luke James brought his talents to New York City's Highline Ballroom on Wednesday night (Feb. 25). With the help of Ro James and BJ the Chicago Kid, the soulful musical showcase was one to remember.


Introduced by fellow The Jackets member Bridget Kelly, Ro James kicked off the showcase. In a sexually charged musical set, James gave the crowd a treat, performing some of his original cuts, including "Devil's Kiss," "Remind Me of Me" and "Pledge of Allegiance." Between songs, the New York native shared shots with the front row attendees before getting into crowd favorite "Indiana Jones."

Following James was Chi-Town's very own BJ the Chicago Kid, who performed covers and original music. The crowd erupted during his performance of the D'Angelo classic "Untitled (How Does It Feel)." He also put his a personal spin on Schoolboy Q's "Studio" and R. Kelly's "When a Woman's Fed Up." He wrapped up his set with a few cuts of his own, including the groovy "Sex, Money & Sneakers" and "Soul of a Woman."

Around 10:15 p.m., Luke James, donning a white button-down and vintage sunglasses, made his way to the main stage with the backdrop of a full moon glowing behind him. He opened with a stripped down cover of the Michael Jackson classic "The Way You May Me Feel" before delving into his latest hit "Dancing in the Dark."

The most unexpected moment came when the "Options" crooner transitioned from a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" to the Rae Sremmurd favorite "I Ain't Got No Type." After belting out some of his most acclaimed tracks, including "Love XYZ" and "Exit Wounds," from his self-titled debut, he ended his set with the crescendoing "I Want You."

Luke James, BJ the Chicago Kid, Ro James and George Tandy Jr. — who was unavailable at the New York showcase — will be hitting Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta within the next four days. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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