Written by Brittany Shawnté
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Neo-soul and R&B artist, K. James, whose music video for track “Koolin’ ” was recently featured on the site. The artist has always had a great appreciation for good music with a message, containing real experiences. “Music has always been in my blood,” K. James said. “Since I was 5 years old, I grew up listening to my mother’s radio full of artists such as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Teddy Pendergrass, R. Kelly, and The Temptations.” He went on to add, “It has been a dream of mine to express my creativity through song, giving people something to relate to and making a living while doing something I love was all the motivation I needed to pursue this dream of mine.”
K. James’ soulful sound is inspired a variety of artists including Erykah Badu, R. Kelly, and Ray Charles. He said he’s inspired by these three specifically because they are all very unique in their personal lives and are able to create great music that is relatable to their situation and defines who they are. The artist considers his brand of singing Jazz-Hop, a term created by his fellow label mate/friend Boss Frank because of his smooth delivery and vibe. As a crooner, K. James says that he takes pride in singing from his soul, while never forgetting his Chicago stepping roots and combining that with his love for R&B and hip-hop to create his own identity. K. James says his style is also original because everything he writes and sings comes from the heart. It’s all derives from personal experiences he’s had or currently having in his life especially while dealing with the reality of growing up and living in the current climate of the city of Chicago.
The singer is currently prepping his new project, Cuffin’ Season for a late summer/early fall release. He is also getting ready to release the official first single, “Power Tag,” from the project which features Boss Frank on it as well.
Besides the release of his upcoming mixtape, K. James plans to draw as much buzz as possible to his movement and provide great music with live performances across the city of Chicago. “This year is all about spreading the message of good music from good people,” he said. “Changing the image of ‘Chiraq’ and giving music lovers a window to what Chicago is striving to be or wants to become not the current situation of danger and violence we face currently in all urban cultures around the country not just my hometown.”
The Spotlight will definitely be eager to check out his new project when it drops and will make sure to spread the love to all our fellow Spotlight fans! Follow and Check out more from K. James below!
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