JR Hutson

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JR Hutson
Birth name Lee Hutson, Jr
Origin Chicago, U.S.A
Genres R&B, Soul
Occupation(s) Songwriter, Singer, Arranger, Producer, Instrumentalist
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards
Years active '90s - present
Associated acts Jill Scott
Website http://www.myspace.com/jrhutson

JR Hutson (born Lee Hutson Jr.) is an American soul and R&B producer and songwriter, who has worked with artists including Jill Scott and Musiq Soulchild.[1]


Hutson was born in Chicago.[2] His first musical training came when he travelled nationwide performing with a Princeton American Boys Choir.[2] He moved to Miami as a teen and added bass, keyboards, songwriting, and vocals to his growing list of talents.[2] At the age of 15 he formed a vocal group called Living Proof for which he created and produced all the music, and the group was scouted by major labels but ultimately missed out on a recording contract.[2] After a brief apprenticeship with producer Teddy Riley in Virginia Beach, Hutson moved to Los Angeles to reconnect with some of the executives he had met there, landing work at Motown with songs and studio work for Zhane, Wayman Tisdale and Boyz II Men.[2]

A chance meeting with Pharrell Williams led to Hutson joining Star Trak Entertainment where he got to work on material for Faith Evans.[3] Although his tracks for Evans were not used the experience did enable Hutson to build up a sophisticated demo portfolio.[3] It was these demo recordings that would impress Hidden Beach Recordings A&R Charles Whitfield and lead him to recommend to Jill Scott that she work with Hutson, a collaboration would prove to be a very fruitful one.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Hutson is the son of Leroy Hutson the producer and former singer of R&B vocal group, The Impressions and a professional opera singer mother.[1][3] He is currently based in Los Angeles.[1]

Songs produced by JR Hutson[edit]

State of Emergency: Society in Crisis, Vol. 1 (1994)

  • 12. J.R. Swinga - "Chocolate City" (credited as J.R. Swinga)

Zhané - Saturday Night (1997)

  • 05. "This Song is For You" (credited as J.R. Swinga)

Jill Scott - The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 (2007)

  • 04. "Come See Me"
  • 05. "Crown Royal"
  • 11. "When You're Around" (featuring George Duke)
  • 14. "Wanna Be Loved"

Musiq Soulchild - OnMyRadio (2008)

  • 11. "Sobeautiful"

Eric Roberson- Music Fan First (2009)

Jill Scott - The Light of the Sun (2011)

  • 03. "Shame" (featuring Eve and The A Group)
  • 05. "Le Boom Vent Suite"
  • 06. "So Gone (What My Mind Says)" (featuring Paul Wall)
  • 07. "Hear My Call"
  • 10. "Making You Wait"
  • 12. "Missing You"
  • 13. "When I Wake Up"

Lalah Hathaway - Where It All Begins (2011)

  • 09. "Wrong Way"

Jordan Knight - Unfinished (2011)

  • 08. "O-Face"

Carl Thomas - Conquer (2011)

  • 01. "The Night is Yours"

Earth, Wind & Fire - Now, Then & Forever (2013)

  • 02. "Love Is Law"

Leela James - Fall For You (2014)

  • 08. "Stay With Me"


  1. ^ a b c "R&B Producer JR Hutson Delivers the Soulful Goods". uaudio.com. Feb 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "myspace.com/jrhutson". Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Interview With JR Hutson". HitQuarters. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.