The New Edition biopic is coming!!
BET has revealed the cast for its upcoming New Edition: The Movie based on the iconic R&B boy band. Two actors, a child and an adult, will portray the singers in the three-part miniseries.
Praise for new music from Luke James, who we missed for most of 2015. The heralded R&B vocalist has collaborated with producer TrakGirl on a remake of Sade’s “Pearls.”
With a cinematic opening that is perfectly complimented by James’ stunning vocals, the heartfelt song has been given new light.
“There is a stone in my heart / She lives a life she didn’t choose / And it hurts like brand new shoes,” he sings.
“We just wanted to page homage to a queen. This is what we created,” says TrakGirl.
Take a listen below!
Luke James is known for hitting captivating high notes without breaking a sweat so it’s only right that ESSENCE Live put him to the test.
While seated they play a various selection of songs with different notes, such as Maxwell’s “Fortunate,” Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe,” John Legend’s “Ordinary People,” and more.
Can he hit the notes? See for yourself below!
Luke James received some much deserving daytime TV promo on Tuesday when he appeared on ‘The REAL’ and performed his current single “Exit Wounds.”
Over the single piano track, the R&B crooner does what he always does best and left his heart on the stage as he belted out the emotional ballad.
The audience had nothing but cheers and applause for Luke as he hit note after chilling note, but surprised everyone when he ran up the stairs to join the crowd for when the track flips into a turnt-up dismissal of the hoe that caused his heartache.
Watch Luke’s performance below!
Luke James just wrapped his mini headlining tour with BJ The Chicago Kid in promotion of his self-titled debut album.
Known for his amazing live performances, the R&B crooner had some surprises in his set for audiences, with a few unexpected covers. One of which being Carl Thomas’ classic hit single, “I Wish,” which has always been one of his favorite records.
At his opening show in NYC last month, Luke already had the crowd hanging on to his every word when he delved into the cover, causing a roar from fans who sang along, but he cut it short by shaking his head and saying, “that bitch ain’t got no love.”
Check out our footage of the performance below!
2015 has proven to be the year of the comeback! While last month provided releases from Jazmine Sullivan, Jodeci, and more, February has us running to YouTube to hit play on some of our favorite songs from R&B past.
From the return of songstress Tamia to the reunion of the early ’00s group Pretty Ricky, the month of the lover brought out some top contenders in the genre of R&B. Whether you’re a fan of the classic sounds or more of the progressive style that’s out today, February’s list has something to offer for every type of lover in you.
Although this may be only the second month of the year, it’s going to be difficult to top what was offered this time around.
So, if you’re ready for that good good, jump into our “Best of February – Top 12 Records” below!
On another bitter cold night in NYC, Highline Ballroom provided plenty of heat for R&B fans on Wednesday. As the first show on their mini tour, Luke James and BJ the Chicago Kid brought their soulful talents to the stage, and delivered riveting sets for the packed crowd.
Expected on the bill, but due to illness rising singer George Tandy Jr. was unable to perform. As the stand alone opening act, NYC native and buzz-worthy singer/songwriter, Ro James, delighted the crowd, of previous fans and new, with his unique tone and charisma.
BJ was up next, and he went right into his set with covers and originals, including his buzzed about remake of Fabolous and Jeremih’s “Thim Slick.” Promoting his recently released mixtape “The M.A.F.E. Project,” BJ showed why he is one of R&B/Soul’s most exciting up and comers with his song, “Soul of a Woman,” and in closing he had the crowd singing along to his Grammy nominated collaboration with SchoolBoy Q, “Studio.”
Anyone that’s been to a Luke James show knows that he is one of the best in the business live, right up against veterans, the 2x Grammy nominated crooner exudes poise and showmanship. Opening with uptempos from his self-titled debut album, including “Love XYZ” and “Dancing In The Dark,” Luke performed many of his album cuts for the first time and past fan favorites from his previous EPs.
Some of his standout moments came from covers as well, including a new hard knocking remake of “Sexual Healing,” which he segued into a cover of Rae Sremmurd’s club hit “No Type,” sending the crowd into full turn-up mode. He surprised with a cover of Carl Thomas’ “I Wish,” and debuted his brand new song “Bad News.” Proving why his records resonate so well with fans, Luke delivered an outstanding live version of his single “Exit Wounds,” getting the whole audience to put their middle finger in the air and scream ‘F U’ to anyone who ever broke their heart. He closed with his Grammy nominated songs “Options,” and the now classic “I Want You.”
Another great night for R&B in NYC. Check out our exclusive photo recap below!
Luke James let Valentine’s pass without new music, but only days later he surprises with the eargasmic new song “Bad News,” produced by Trakgirl and Alex Diiamonds.
The R&B sanger rides the reverberating percussion and ethereal soundscape with an intoxicating vocal as he coos about being at the mercy of a lover.
“It’s a song about “erotic tension,” James told The FADER. “With living, creating and performing, I’ve become more comfortable with relieving my sensuality through my artistry.”
A potential candidate for the recently released soundtrack to Fifty Shades of Grey, the sensual tune bares a deeper storyline with the addition of female vocals by Alicia “Rai”.
Take a listen below!