Ro James

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Ro James
Birth nameRonnie James Tucker
Born (1986-11-19) November 19, 1986 (age 32)[1]
Stuttgart, Germany
OriginQueens, New York
GenresAlternative R&B
Occupation(s)Singer–songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2011–present
Labels
Associated actsRobert Glasper

Ronnie James Tucker (born November 19, 1987)[1], better known by his stage name Ro James, is a German singer-songwriter. He is known for his single "Permission", which reached number 37 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. He is signed to ByStorm Entertainment through RCA Records and has released Eldorado, his first album under a major label, in 2016.

Career[edit]

Throughout his childhood, James would sing regularly, but never in public.[2] He eventually moved to New York where he was influenced by his aunt Rosie Gaines, a former singer for Prince.[3] His love for the album Purple Rain landed him in a studio at the age of 19.[3] His skills as a songwriter began with the song "Portrait", leading up to a credit on the single "Use Me" by R&B singer Miguel[4] after forming a bond with him on MySpace.[5]

James performed in and around New York with artists such as Luke James and Wynter Gordon. In 2013 he released his first EP, a three-part entitled Coke, Jack and Cadillacs. Each part represented important themes in his life - first love, first drink, first car.[2] The EP featured songs that included "A.D.I.D.A.S." and "Pledge Allegiance". It also featured Asher Roth on the song "Lisa".[6] James signed with ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records in 2015 and subsequently released "Permission", his first single from a major record label, reaching number 37 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[7] His debut album, Eldorado was released May 27, 2016. It debuted at number 71 on the US Billboard 200[8] and at number eight on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[9] It subsequently earned him his first nomination for Best R&B Performance at the 59th Grammy Awards in February 2017.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[8]
US
R&B
/HH

[9]
US
R&B

[10]
Eldorado 71 8 3

EPs[edit]

Title Details Peak chart position
US
Coke, Jack, and Cadillacs
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: Digital

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
/HH

[7]
US
R&B

[13]
"Permission" 2015 [A] 37 12 Eldorado

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Permission" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 17 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Genius - Ro James
  2. ^ a b Platon, Adelle (15 January 2016). "R&B Bad Boy Ro James On His Influences & Upcoming Debut 'El Dorado'". Billboard. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b "New Artist Spotlight: Ro James". Urban Bridgez. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  4. ^ Leight, Elias (25 November 2014). "jade de LaFleur, '405' Featuring Ro James". Billboard. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Ro James Discusses Upcoming EP And Working With Miguel". Vibe. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  6. ^ Platon, Adelle (17 December 2016). "Ro James Makes Magic on Sexy Jam 'Already Knew That'". Billboard. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  7. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/artist/6857401/ro-james/chart?f=367
  8. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/artist/6857401/ro-james/chart
  9. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/artist/6857401/ro-james/chart?f=333
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/6857401/ro-james/chart?f=1235
  11. ^ https://www.amazon.com/ELDORADO-Ro-James/dp/B01DK96YVQ/
  12. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eldorado/id1106013140
  13. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/6857401/ro-james/chart?f=1230
  14. ^ "Chart Search for Ro James | Billboard". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 27, 2016.

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