He’s a singer/songwriter who truly embodies the honesty and fresh, organic soulfulness that’s been in relatively short supply of late in contemporary music. Now that sounds like a pretty tall order for a newcomer to fulfill. However, the New Orleans native is very much up to the task. In fact, you’ve no doubt heard his work: he co-wrote Chris Brown’s “Crawl” and has penned songs for Justin Bieber (“That Should Be Me”) and Britney Spears (“Kill The Lights”), among others. And his growing fan base includes none other than Beyoncé, who selected James to appear in her “Run the World” video. James’ real-deal approach to music and—more important—the craft of singing are the main attractions on his upcoming pre album and album of the same name: “Made to Love.” Both mark the singer/songwriter’s debut on Mercury/Island Def Jam via New Age Rock Star Records (NARS), the label helmed by award-winning producer Danja (Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Keri Hilson) and long-time collaborator / mixing engineer Marcella “Ms Lago” Araica (Madonna, Pink, Timbaland). Now Luke James has released his debut-self titled album, “Luke” and currently touring to promote the album. In this recent interview with David Duane, James talks about his success as a recording artist and what’s next with him.
Welcome to #FaceTimeWithTheStars we welcome R&B/Soul Recording Artist, Sebastian Mikael. His best known for his hit single “Last Night” featuring Wale. Having released his debut album, “Speechless”, Sebastian has been touring and promoting the album non-stop. Now wrapping up his new album set later this year – David Duane got a chance to discuss the success of the first album and more. Check It Out !
Before long, Sebastian Mikael’s newfound passion led him to clocking long hours at Swedish recording studios, singing hooks for rappers and teaming up with a local producer to form a production team. But while the duo’s initial recordings generated a lot of online buzz, Sebastian Mikael was eager to strike out on his own. “I saw the initial potential of the work we were doing,” he says, “but I wasn’t getting a shot at doing my own songs. Plus, they are not as open-minded about music in Sweden as they are in the U.S.”
Feeling a glass ceiling approaching in Sweden, Sebastian Mikael set his sights on America and enrolled at California’s Musicians Institute to study audio engineering in 2008. After living in California for two years, he relocated to Boston in 2010 to attend Berklee College of Music. While a student at Berklee, Sebastian was signed by Slip-N-Slide Records CEO Ted Lucas and in late 2011 he released his first mixtape, J’Adore. As Sebastian stays on the road to promote the new single, he is also putting the final touches to his hotly anticipated forthcoming full-length debut album “Speechless” due out in late 2013 in a joint venture between Slip-N-Slide Records and Caroline/Capitol Records. During the recording process, he has collaborated with some of the finest producers and songwriters in the business, including Jim Jonsin and Rico Love.