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Ro James and Lydia Caesar Perform at Aloft Brooklyn

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Thursday night, our friends at Singersroom along with promoter Ron Faison, held a private showcase featuring two of R&B’s exciting emerging singers — Lydia Caesar and Ro James.   The event was sort of a release show for James’ must-have mini EP ‘Coke,’ which is the first in a series of 3 releases, set to be put together as his debut album ‘Coke, Jack & Cadillacs.’

Many of NYC’s hippest were in attendance to witness the showing of raw vocals and authentic R&B music, including guest appearances from Luke James, Rockie Evans (of CharlieRED) and rapper Driicky Graham (“Snap Backs & Tattoos”).

Lydia opened the night with her infectious talent, and soaring vocal. She performed a mixture of covers such as Rihanna’s “Stay” and originals including “St. Louis.” She revealed to the crowd that the video for her song “Lottery” will be premiering on BET’s ‘106 & Park.’

As the crowd continued to pack the lobby of the swanky Brooklyn Aloft hotel, Ro James made his way to the microphone. Introducing himself he went right into his new song “Devil’s Kiss” with pure emotion and his raspy vocal the crowd hung on every word. Holding up his signature bottle of Jack Daniels, Ro poured shots to those in the front row and toasted the audience for being apart of his journey. The New Yorker continued on with original song “Neon,” and new fan favorite “A.D.I.D.A.S.,” where his solo background singer Tiffany almost stole the spotlight.  To cap the memorable evening James ended his set with a unique version of his debut single “Pledge Allegiance,” with his band offering a funky new take on the Kwamé produced track.

Another evening of great R&B coming from the streets of NYC. Check out more pics below:

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Video Premiere: Ro James – Devil’s Kiss

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Last Friday, we saw the release of buzz-worthy singer/songwriter Ro James’ first volume in a new series of EP releases. The project ‘Coke‘ is the opening piece of his anticipated ‘Coke, Jack & Cadillacs‘ full length album. The mini EP, which is lead by his debut single “Pledge Allegiance,” includes an intro from R&B songstress Bridget Kelly, plus the new songs “Devil’s Kiss” and “A.D.I.D.A.S..”

Today, we bring you the premiere of the official music video for “Devil’s Kiss.” The black-and-white visual, directed by Sarah McColgan, artfully depicts the unbridled emotion of the record, as Ro battles through a relationship that has him riddled with heartache. The New York native and his lover fight through their struggles, but will they make it out together?

If there is only one video you watch this week, this should be it! Press play below!

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New Music: Ro James – Coke (EP)

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Following a year of buzz building and performing, Ro James presents vol. 1 of his anticipated debut project, ‘Coke, Jack and Cadillacs.’ This first volume entitled ‘Coke,’ includes an introduction from R&B songstress Bridget Kelly, his debut single “Pledge Allegiance,” as well as new songs “Devil’s Kiss” and “A.D.I.D.A.S..”

The New York based singer/songwiter garners attention with each performance from his captivating vocal and vintage rock star image. As one of ThisisRnB’s ’13 New Artists to Watch in 2013′ we are excited and proud to present Ro’s first official release. The additional two volumes will be released on August 19 (‘Jack’) and September 19 (‘Cadillacs’)

In promotion of the mini EP and forthcoming releases, Ro James will be performing at the Everyday People Brunch hosted by Chef Roble on July 28, at the Aloft live series presented by SingersRoom and W Hotels on August 1, at the Hotel Chantelle with Jade on August 8, and at the next BET Music Matters showcase.

Stream and download the new EP after the jump!

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Melanie Fiona, Luke James, Bridget Kelly & Ro James Party & Perform at The Legendary Damon’s Birthday Bash

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This past weekend, the Legendary Damon amazed attendees of his annual birthday ball with a lavish 80’s themed party at Good Units in NYC. New York tastemakers and celebrities came out to celebrate not only one of the city’s most well respected nightlife promoters, but the thrill of a great party.

Notable attendees included singers Melanie Fiona, Luke James, Bridget Kelly, and Ro James.

Anticipation throughout the night ran rampant as guests eagerly awaited Damon’s arrival. Over the last couple of years, Damon’s entrance has increasingly garnered more attention as each entrance has continued to surpass the last in its grandiose nature. Last year, Damon came into the club on a white horse, leaving everyone guessing as to what could possibly top that this year. Damon did not disappoint. With the a local choir performing Madonna’s “Like A Prayer,” along side 2x Grammy winner Melanie Fiona, Damon descended from the rafters of the building into the crowd.

After the initial reveal, the partying went long into the night with the help of the events’ sponsors, Redbull and Hennessy and with special guest performers. Luke James graced guests with a special performance of his Grammy nominated single, “I Want You”. The crowd was further treated to Bridget Kelly performing a phenomenal rendition of “Happy Birthday,” while models passed out cupcakes provided by Baked by Melissa.

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List: 13 New R&B Artists To Watch in 2013

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R&B is at a special place right now; it is evolving again.  The call to action of supporting the genre and bringing back feelings has been harnessed by a new generation. It is once again exciting to watch the emergence of raw talents pushing for what they believe in, and using their unique perspectives on sounds, styles and influence. Soul and R&B seems to be found all around now, if you look and listen openly, but there is room for all of it, from the traditional to the commercial, from the alternative to the sexual. It’s living, and it’s not going anywhere.

Moving on into the new year, we have had our eyes and ears on so many new artists, there is truly something or some voice out there for everyone now, and it wasn’t even real easy narrowing down a list to 13.  After our deliberations though, we are happy with this list, and at the end of the day every artist here, should be on your radar.

In no particular order. Take a look at the ‘13 New R&B Artists to Watch in 2013‘ below…

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New Music: Ro James – “Neon Lights”

Emerging soul crooner Ro James is back! The NYC native releases “Neon Lights,” the next song lifted off his debut project ‘Coke, Jack & Cadillacs.’ I want to say there is a lot of D’Angelo here, but no need for comparisons, if this doesn’t put you in a smooth groove…idk what…just #pressplay.


Video Premiere: Ro James – Pledge Allegiance

The anticipated music video for emerging artist Ro James‘ breakout, buzz-worthy single “Pledge Allegiance” is finally here! We are very proud to bring you the world premiere of this suburb visual for the incredible single off the NYC singers debut EP ‘Coke, Jack & Cadillacs‘, which is coming soon. Watch the Sarah McClogan directed video below now!

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Video Premiere: Ro James – Alright

Coke, Jack & Cadillacs, get familiar with the lifestyle of ‘ThisisRnB Emerging Artist’ Ronnie “Ro” James. We are proud to present to you the debut of his brand new music video for “Alright.” A dark, yet soul stirring tale of the singer-songwriters journey through struggle and discovery.

Ronnie is just living his life the way he feels, but at the end of day he knows things are goin to be straight. The J Shotti directed clip was shot in NYC and includes appearances from fellow crooners Bridget Kelly, Rocki Evans and Olamide Faison.

“This song expresses what is real to me,” explains Ro. “When you are at your lowest point and riding around feeling like wtf sometimes you got to just say to yourself until you believe everything is going to be alright and get through it!”

Ro will be releasing his debut EP “Coke Jack & Cadillacs” later this year, which will include “Alright” and the lead single “Pledge Allegiance.”

Check out the rising stars new video below…

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