The voice of a generation, José James is a beguiling mix of jazz, R&B, pop and soul music.
The New York City-based vocalist, songwriter and producer has crossed genres over eight albums to date: The Dreamer, Blackmagic, For All We Know, No Beginning No End, While You Were Sleeping, Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday, Love in a Time of Madness and Lean On Me.
His forthcoming album “No Beginning No End 2” features an all-star cast of internationally acclaimed artists such as: Aloe Blacc, Ledisi, Lizz Wright, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Hindi Zahra, Taali, Erik Truffaz, Justin Brown, Ben Williams and Kris Bowers.
“Catch up with Jose James now because he's a rarity – an artist evolving at warp speed.”
—NPR All Things Considered
“The vocalist José James makes utterly contemporary music...in his elegant, cerebral, seductive way... [He] skirts categories with ease, fitting in with current R&B innovators like Frank Ocean or Miguel, yet maintaining a strong awareness of a lineage that stretches from Ray Charles to Marvin Gaye to Lou Rawls to Maxwell... he holistically heals the rift between radio-friendly songcraft and virtuoso flair.”
“[James has] always been one to try stuff out – he successfully collaborated with Flying Lotus on Blackmagic… he finds a way to make an eclectic approach feel unified and whole.”
“[James] sounds like the result of the black-pop continuum, jazz and soul and hip-hop and R&B, slow-cooked for more than 50 years.”
—The New York Times
“Is José James a jazz singer or a soul singer? Old school or new school? A guardian of tradition or a seeker of thrills? Yes, yes and yes.”
—Los Angeles Times
"James [is a] genre hybridist who claims both b-boys and jazz purists in his fan base... a winningly singular presence in contemporary American music. Not just singular, but magnetic."
—Los Angeles Times