10 Things You Should Know About Luke James

Don't miss Luke James tonight on 106 at 6P/5C!

10 Things You Should Know About Luke James - He's a singer-songwriter and rising talent who's poised to be the next big thing in R&B. Before the Music Matters artist delivers his debut television performance on BET Honors, get to know why big names like Justin Bieber and Chris Brown have already been working with him.(Photo:  Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

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10 Things You Should Know About Luke James - He's a singer-songwriter and rising talent who's poised to be the next big thing in R&B. Before the Music Matters artist delivers his debut television performance on BET Honors, get to know why big names like Justin Bieber and Chris Brown have already been working with him.Don't miss the one and only Luke James on 106 tonight telling you everything that Music Matters has done for him tonight at 6P/5C!(Photo:  Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

Early Beginnings - While in high school in 2001, James joined a local trio that started performing around New Orleans, opening for acts like Brian McKnight.(Photo: Brad Barket/PictureGroup)

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Early Beginnings - While in high school in 2001, James joined a local trio that started performing around New Orleans, opening for acts like Brian McKnight.(Photo: Brad Barket/PictureGroup)

Three's a Crowd - While in the group James was discovered by Frank Gatson, a creative force behind En Vogue, Tyrese, Beyonc? and Michael Jackson. Gatson dedicated a year to grooming James into the artist he had the potential and raw talent to become.(Photos:  John Ricard / BET)

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Three's a Crowd - While in the group James was discovered by Frank Gatson, a creative force behind En Vogue, Tyrese, Beyoncé and Michael Jackson. Gatson dedicated a year to grooming James into the artist he had the potential and raw talent to become.(Photos:  John Ricard / BET)

Transformation - As the first step in his transformation, James moved to L.A. after his high school graduation and began singing backup for Tyrese.(Photo: Vivien Killilea/WireImage) 

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Transformation - As the first step in his transformation, James moved to L.A. after his high school graduation and began singing backup for Tyrese.(Photo: Vivien Killilea/WireImage)

Say It in a Love Song - The singer-songwriter would later go on to pen songs for artists like Chris Brown ("Crawl"), Britney Spears "Kill the Lights" and Justin Bieber "That Should Be Me."(Photo: Mercury Records)

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Say It in a Love Song - The singer-songwriter would later go on to pen songs for artists like Chris Brown ("Crawl"), Britney Spears "Kill the Lights" and Justin Bieber "That Should Be Me."(Photo: Mercury Records)

Luke James - After writing songs for pop music heavyweights like Chris Brown and Justin Bieber, this Best New Artist nom created his own buzz with a free pre-album download.    (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images For BET)

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Dynamic Duo: Luke & Q - Some may remember that before branching out as a solo act, the New Orleans native was originally signed to J Records as one half of the R&B duo Luke & Q.(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images For BET)

Made to Love - After a lot of hard work with Gatson, James signed a deal with Island Def Jam/Universal by way of producer Danja's New Age Rock Stars imprint. His upcoming album, Made to Love, will be his debut on the label.(Photo:  AdrianSidney/PictureGroup)

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Made to Love - After a lot of hard work with Gatson, James signed a deal with Island Def Jam/Universal by way of producer Danja's New Age Rock Stars imprint. His upcoming album, Made to Love, will be his debut on the label.(Photo:  AdrianSidney/PictureGroup)

Who Will Run the World? - As James works to raise his visibility and broaden his fan base he knows he already has an ally in Beyonc?, who featured him prominently in her "Run the World (Girls)" music video. (Photo:  Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup)

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Who Will Run the World? - As James works to raise his visibility and broaden his fan base he knows he already has an ally in Beyoncé, who featured him prominently in her "Run the World (Girls)" music video. (Photo:  Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup)

Inspiration - James says that he grew up listening to everyone from Marvin Gaye, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes to Willie Nelson and Alabama. He mentions Prince, Donny Hathaway and Otis Redding among his greatest influences as well.(Photo: Mercury Records)

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Inspiration - James says that he grew up listening to everyone from Marvin Gaye, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes to Willie Nelson and Alabama. He mentions Prince, Donny Hathaway and Otis Redding among his greatest influences as well.(Photo: Mercury Records)

Showtime at the Apollo  - James first knew that he wanted to be a singer when he had an "A ha!" moment while watching an episode of "Showtime at the Apollo" at age 11.(Photo:  John Ricard / BET)

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Showtime at the Apollo - James first knew that he wanted to be a singer when he had an "A ha!" moment while watching an episode of "Showtime at the Apollo" at age 11.(Photo:  John Ricard / BET)

BET Honors - Luke made his first televised performance at the 2012 BET Honors.(Photo: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

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BET Honors - Luke made his first televised performance at the 2012 BET Honors.Don't miss Luke James tonight on 106!(Photo: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)