JR Hutson

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JR Hutson
Background information
Birth nameLee Hutson Jr
Also known asJ.R. Swinga
OriginChicago, U.S.A
  • Record producer
  • executive producer
  • music industry executive
  • songwriter
  • singer
  • arranger
  • instrumentalist
  • speaker
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • bass
Years active1990-present
Associated acts

JR Hutson (born Lee Hutson Jr.) is an American record producer, executive producer, songwriter and talent developer. He has collaborated with several notable artists including Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild,[1] Stevie Wonder,[2] George Duke, Trick Daddy, Anthony Hamilton, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Earth Wind & Fire, Wayman Tisdale and Childish Gambino. Hutson has been awarded Gold and Platinum records. He has also been nominated for four Grammy Awards. He is currently producing and developing talent.

Early life[edit]

Hutson was born in Chicago, Illinois.[3] His father is soul musician Leroy Hutson, who was a member of the Curtis Mayfield group The Impressions. His mother was a professional opera singer. Hutson's first musical training came when he attended The American Boychoir School in Princeton NJ. While attending the school, Hutson traveled the country singing.[4] The choir recorded multiple albums as well as the historic rendition of Cindy Lauper's “True Colors” for the Kodak Olympic Commercial.[5]


Singing Career And Music Production Motown Records 1990's
He moved to Miami, Florida as a teen and added bass, keyboards, songwriting, to his growing list of talents. In high school, he formed a vocal group called Living Proof. Hutson created and produced the music for the group. Living Proof was scouted by many major labels before signing with RCA Records. Hutson left the group, and a year later began a brief but impactful apprenticeship with Teddy Riley in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Soon after his tenure at Teddy's Future Records, Hutson signed as a solo artist to Motown Records under the name JR Swinga.[6] Hutson's most notable accomplishment as JR Swinga was the track "Chocolate City", a nostalgic song about life at a black college. The video for "Chocolate City" was filmed on the Florida A&M University college campus by then budding directors Robert Hardy and Will Packer. While at Motown Records he continued to produce label-mates Boyz II Men,[7] Jason Weaver, Whitehead Bros., 702 & Jazz artist Wayman Tisdale’s very first single called “Circumstance”.[8]

HIp Hop Production And Labels 1990's
Hutson also had a string of notable productions coming out of his native miami. Connecting with Slip N Slide Records, he produced among others a track Featuring Trick Daddy and J-Shin called “You, Me & She”, as well as a host of other local miami rap talent. Hutson also scored his first deal for a hip hop artist he developed named Sianhide. Warner Brothers then executive KRS-One [9] tapped Hutson for his artist and he subsequently dropped the single “We Gon Ride” on KRS's “Temple Of HipHop Kulture” compilation.[10]

Los Angeles And Hidden Beach Tenure 2000's To 2007
In the early 2002, Hutson moved to Los Angeles, California after spending a few weeks producing and developing an artist named Vannessa Marquez. While in LA, Hutson reconnected with long time Champion Steve Mckeever who now had an imprint on Sony named Hidden Beach Recordings. Re-kindling his artist passion, Hutson wrote, produced & performed “I Choose You”[11] on the hidden hits compilation. Also, Hutson penned & produced “Wonderful & Special” for HB artist Mike Phillips in which he was the featured singer. After producing many projects for Hidden Beach, it was A&R Charles Whitfield who made a recommendation to HB marquee artist Jill Scott that she collaborate with Hutson on her next album. Legend has it that the Hutson composed instrumental CD that Whitfield gave to Scott is what ultimately became the core of her album “The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3”. The two formed a very fruitful creative relationship. In an interview with HitQuarters,[12] producer JR Hutson commented on the creation of the song "Whenever You're Around":
"I tried to take a real Quincy Jones approach to that record. I brought in a lot of musicians and we were just vibing to a few different things, and that was one of the tracks that stood out to me in the jam session that day. So I tweaked and tweaked the track, edited it and reformatted it, and then eventually ended up with that track."

2008 "The Light Of The Sun" To Present
In 2008, Hutson connected with Musiq Soulchild to produce the very successful ballad “SoBeautiful”.[13]

In 2010, Hutson and Jill Scott officially began production on Scott's album “The Light of the Sun”. Hutson acted as executive producer and co-wrote multiple songs on the album. Recording took place in several locations including 9th Street Studios, Studio 609, Fever Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California, Threshold Sound & Vision in Santa Monica, California, The Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Boom Boom Room in Burbank, California, and The Village Studios in West Los Angeles, California. It features collaborations from Anthony Hamilton, Eve, Doug E Fresh, and Paul Wall. The album was released for pre-order days before it was officially released on June 21, 2011. It debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with 135,000 copies sold in its first week, becoming her first #1 debut on the chart.

In 2012 Dave Pensado featured a "J.R." Hutson produced song called "Missing You" on his "Pensado's Place: Into The Lair Episode #37". Dave explains his mixing techniques for pad synths on the song.

In 2013 Hutson accomplished another line item on his wish list by writing and producing a song for Earth Wind & Fire’s “Now, Then & Forever” album. This album marked the return of the original EWF line up complete with keyboardist Larry Dunn as well as the original EWF horns. It was the first record the group had recorded after a 10-year recess. Hutson’s track, “Love is Law” is the 2nd track on the album.


[14] [15] [16] 1994
State of Emergency: Society in Crisis, Vol. 1 (Motown Records)

  • J.R. Swinga - "Chocolate City"

Rick Simon - Flavors of Love

  • "Just Say The Word"
  • "Shorties"
  • "Flavors Of Love"
  • "Play Her Violins"
  • "Cause & Cure"
  • "Carve Our Name"

Boyz II Men On Bended Knee (Remix Producer) (Motown Records)

  • On Bended Knee (Swingamix)

Whitehead Bros. Forget I Was A G (Remix Producer) (Motown Records)'

  • JR Swinga Remix

Wayman Tisdale - Power Forward (Motown Records)

  • "Circumstance"

Jason Weaver - Love Ambition (Motown Records)

  • For The Love Of You
  • Pretty Brown

Wayman Tisdale - In The Zone (Motown Records)

  • "These Feelings"

Zhane - Saturday Night (Motown Records)

  • "This Song If For You"

The Temple Of Hiphop Kulture - Criminal Justice: From Darkness To Light (Reprise/Warner Bros.)

  • "Siahnide - "We Gon' Ride"

J-Shin - My Soul, My Life (Slip-n-Slide Records/Atlantic Records)

  • "I'll Do It"
  • "Givin' U Luv"
  • "U Me & She” Feat. Trick Daddy

Vanessa Marquez - (Unreleased)

  • "Want You To Know"
  • "Keep On Askin"

Latrelle - Dirty Girl, Wrong Girl, Bad Girl (Unreleased) (Arista Records)

  • "Wrong Girl Interlude"
  • "Wrong Girl"
  • "Deal With The Pain"

Mike Phillips -You Have Reached Mike Phillips (Hidden Beach/Sony)

  • "Wonderful & Special (Feat. “J.R.”) [17]

SWV - Gold And Platinum Collection (BMG Records)

  • "Mystery"
  • "Can't Cope"

Hidden Hits Vol. 1 - (Hidden Beach/Sony)

  • "I Choose You" (Performed By JR Hutson)

Mike Phillips - Uncommon Denominator (Hidden Beach/Sony)

  • "Uncommon Denominator"
  • "If It Takes All Night (Feat. Trina Powell)
  • "G Money"
  • “Mike & Michaella (Interlude)”

Jill Scott - The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 (Hidden Beach/Sony)

  • "Come See Me"
  • "Crown Royal"
  • "Whenever You're Around" (featuring George Duke)
  • "Wanna Be Loved”
  • "Imagination"

I-15 - (Zone 4/Interscope)

  • "Lost In Love"
  • "Whit Nike Ya"
  • "Shorties"
  • "Drug Of Choice"

Musiq Soulchild - OnMyRadio (Atlantic Records)

  • "SoBeautiful"

Jill Scott - Live In Paris (Hidden Beach/Sony)

Eric Roberson - (Dome Records)

  • "Dealing" (Featuring Lalah Hathaway)

Jill Scott - The Light of the Sun- (Warner Bros.)
JR Hutson Executive Producer

  • So in Love" (featuring Anthony Hamilton)(Writer)
  • "Shame" (featuring Eve and The A Group)
  • "All Cried Out Redux" (featuring Doug E. Fresh)
  • "Le Boom Vent Suite”
  • "So Gone (What My Mind Says)" (featuring Paul Wall)
  • "Hear My Call”
  • "Making You Wait"
  • "Missing You"
  • "When I Wake Up”
  • Rolling Hills

Keke Wyatt - Unbelievable (Shanachie Records)

  • "Saturday Love"

Jordan Knight - Unfinished

  • "O Face"

Carl Thomas - Conquer(Blue Note Records)

  • "The Night Is Yours"

Lalah Hathaway - Where It All Begins (Concord Music Group)

  • "Small Of My Back"
  • " Wrong Way Map"

Earth Wind & Fire - Now, Then & Forever- (Sony Records.)

  • "Love Is Law"

Leela James - Fall For You-

  • "Stay With Me"

Kenny Lattimore - Anatomy Of A Love Song- (E1 Records.)
JR Hutson Executive Producer

  • "Still Good" (featuring Da' T.R.U.T.H. and Shanice)
  • "Back 2 Cool" (featuring Kelly Price)
  • "Built To Last"
  • "Beautiful Nowheres"

Maysa - Back to Love (Shanachie Records)

  • "Miracle"
  • "Smiling"
  • "The Radio Played Our Song"

Malcolm Jamal Warner's Miles long - Selfless
JR Hutson Executive Producer

  • "Brand New Day" Feat. Ledisi & Robert Glasper
  • “Training Daze”


Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2008 The Real Thing: Words And Sounds Vol. 3
(Jill Scott's album) (as producer)
Best R&B Album Nominated
2010 SoBeautiful (Musiq Soulchild's album) Best Male R&B Performance Nominated
2015 Because The Internet (Childish Gambino's album) Best Rap Album Nominated
2016 Covered: Recorded Live At Capitol Studios (Robert Glasper's album) Best Jazz Instrumental Album Nominated

Ascap Awards[edit]

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a non-profit performance rights organization that also holds a series of annual awards shows. [18] [19]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2010 SoBeautiful (Musiq Soulchild's song) (as writer) Award Winning R&B Song Won
2012 So In Love (Jill Scott Feat. Anthony Hamilton's song) (as writer) Award Winning R&B Song Won

Chart positions[edit]

Notable studio albums[edit]

Year Album Artist Chart Position
2007 "The Real Thing: Words And Sounds Vol. 3" Jill Scott 2 4 -
2008 "OnMyRadio" Musiq Soulchild 1 11 -
2011 "The Light Of The Sun" Jill Scott 1 1 -
2015 "Because The Internet" Childish Gambino 3 7 1

Notable singles[edit]

Year Song Artist Credit Chart Position
R&B Hot 100 Urban AC
2008 "SoBeautiful" Musiq Soulchild Producer/Writer 8 81 -
2011 "So In Love" Jill Scott Feat. Anthony Hamilton Writer 10 97 1


  1. ^ "R&B Producer JR Hutson Delivers the Soulful Goods". uaudio.com. Feb 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.smooth-jazz.de/firstview/MikePhillips/MP3.htm
  3. ^ http://www.hiddenbeach.com/unwrapped/buzz/2010/meet-jr-hutson-producer-behind-unwrapped-vol-7-and-jill-scotts-grammy-nominated-album-the-real-thing.html#
  4. ^ http://www.hiddenbeach.com/unwrapped/buzz/2010/meet-jr-hutson-producer-behind-unwrapped-vol-7-and-jill-scotts-grammy-nominated-album-the-real-thing.html#
  5. ^ http://www.americanboychoir.org/themusic/performance-highlights.php
  6. ^ https://www.discogs.com/JR-Swinga-Chocolate-City/release/3582550
  7. ^ http://www.hiddenbeach.com/unwrapped/buzz/2010/meet-jr-hutson-producer-behind-unwrapped-vol-7-and-jill-scotts-grammy-nominated-album-the-real-thing.html#
  8. ^ http://www.smooth-jazz.de/firstview/Unwrapped/UnwrappedVol7.htm
  9. ^ http://www.orlandoweekly.com/orlando/class-is-in-session-with-krs-one-the-scholar-of-hip-hop/Content?oid=2483720
  10. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Temple-Of-Hiphop-Kulture-Criminal-Justice-From-Darkness-To-Light/release/479501
  11. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/song/i-choose-you-mt0005881126
  12. ^ http://www.hitquarters.com/index.php3?page=intrview/2010/May10_5_3_20.html
  13. ^ http://www.uaudio.com/blog/jr-hutson-ua-interview/
  14. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jr-hutson-mn0000616254/credits
  15. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/lee-hutson-jr-mn0001036155
  16. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jr-swinga-mn0000100095/credits
  17. ^ Mike Phillips (8) - You Have Reached Mike Phillips: Changing The Game at Discogs
  18. ^ http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/awards/rsawards/2010/rnb_hiphop.aspx
  19. ^ http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/awards/rsawards/2012/rnb_hiphop.aspx