Living In The Spotlight Featuring Luke James

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 03:  Luke James performs at the 2016 Essence Music Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 3, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Josh Brasted/FilmMagic)

Living In The Spotlight Featuring Luke James

Things you may or may not know about this ladies man. Everybody loves them some Luke James!

Published October 23, 2017

  1. Get To Know: Luke James
    ST PAUL, MN - OCTOBER 13: Luke James performs during the "Official Prince Tribute-A Celebration of Life and Music," concert at Xcel Energy Center on October 13, 2016 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

    Luke James Boyd, better known as Luke James, is a two-time Grammy-nominated American singer-songwriter. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised by a single mother, James was influenced by an eclectic array of music, particularly jazz and R&B. James said his love for music started when he watched a contestant perform a cover version of "A Song for You" on Showtime at the Apollo

  2. Making It To the Spotlight
    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18:  Singer-Songwriter Luke James performs at the 2016 BET Experience at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on June 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)

    While in high school, Luke James joined a musical trio named Upskale with friends Q and Tah for a brief period, which introduced him to his longtime manager, director, and choreographer Frank Gatson. After graduating high school, the trio split and James relocated to Los AngelesCalifornia. Q and James later formed a duo called Luke & Q, where James performed under the name Luke The Singer. Shortly after forming the group, the duo was able to be the opening act for R&B artist and actor Tyrese Gibson during one of his concerts. That was when he met and was soon mentored for several years by super producers, The Underdogs. He later was signed directly to J Records by Clive Davis. Luke James has quickly risen as a songwriter for many musicians, such as Chris BrownBritney SpearsKeri Hilson and Justin Bieber.

  3. Debut Single
    Press photos provided to Jessica on 6/10/15 by Michael Harris <> at BET. Singer Luke James performs during the Apollo Spring Gala. (Photo: Shahar Azran)

    Under the management of record producer Danja, James released his first mixtape#Luke, in 2011. The mixtape's critically acclaimed single "I Want You" earned him a Best R&B Performance nomination at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards

  4. Coolest Connection
    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  Frank Ocean attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

    Fun Fact? Luke James attended St. Augustine High School with schoolmate (and future OFWGKTA member) singer-songwriter Frank Ocean.

  5. Best Collaboration

    In 2014, Luke James released Luke James, his R&B/soul album. The song "Options" featured the biggest boss of them all, Rick Ross

  6. Exclusive Info

    In an exclusive interview with WBLS, Luke James talked about his experience opening up for the one and only Beyoncé

Written by BET Staff


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