Born and raised in New Orleans, Luke’s breakthrough came after high school, when he moved to Los Angeles and began singing background for R&B star Tyrese. Luke soon met production duo the Underdogs and signed with them as one-half of the vocal duo Luke & Q. When went their separate ways, Luke began honing his skills as a songwriter, eventually hooking up with producer Danja.
The Grammy Award® nomination for “I Want You” followed up Luke’s nomination as Best New Artist at BET’s Soul Train Awards 2012. Earlier that year at the BET Honors, Luke received a standing ovation after his performance for First Lady Michelle Obama and music industry elites. Luke was also a member of BET’s “Music Matters” campaign, and joined Estelle (with whom he has recorded) on BET’s “Music Matters” tour.
Luke has performed at the Essence Music Festival, BET Black Girls Rock, BET Honors, and BET Music Matters. Along with performing with Prince for two NYC shows last August, Luke has opened tours for Robin Thicke, Kelly Rowland, Brandy, and most recently was hand selected by Beyoncé to open up for her on the European and American legs of her sold-out Mrs. Carter World Tour.
Luke James has also amassed an impressive list of writing credits, including tracks with Justin Bieber (“That Should Be Me”), Chris Brown (“Crawl”), and Britney Spears (“Kill The Lights”), as well as Keri Hilson, Brandy, and others.
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