How it began for Boney James
Boney James showed interest in music when he first picked up the sax at the age of 10. His early teens were spent in New York where he came to know about the Motown genre. He then moved to Los Angeles with his family and that is when he took his first steps as a musician. He joined a fusion band that opened for groups like Yellowjackets and Flora Purim. He later learned the keyboard and developed his R&B skills while touring alongside big names like, the Isley Brothers, Randy Crawford, Teena Marie and Bobby Caldwell among others.
It all started for Bony James when he caught the attention of producer Paul Brown who appreciated his talents and helped him produce his debut album, ‘Trust.’ It was released in 1992, through an independent record label, Spindletop Records, and featured a track list of nine songs. ‘Trust’ received favorable reviews from the critics as AllMusic gave it three stars out of five. The album turned out to be successful enough for Boney Jones to be signed by the Warner Brothers in 1994.
Beginning of something beautiful
Boney James released three gold certified records, ‘Seduction,’ ‘Body Language’ and ‘Sweet Thing’ after signing with the Warner Brothers. All of these albums received commercial success and were praised by the critics. Other records that were put out by the artist with the same label include, ‘Backbone,’ ‘Boney’s Funky Christmas,’ ‘Shake it Up,’ ‘Ride’ and ‘Pure’ which were also quite successful. His album, ‘Shake It Up’ was a duet with Rick Braun that became very popular and received four stars out of five from AllMusic.
Moving to Concord
After releasing a series of chart topping albums, Boney James moved to Concord Records in 2006 and released his tenth studio album, ‘Shine.’ The album went to the forty fourth spot on the Billboard 200 and made waves across the music industry. Later in 2009, he came out with his twelfth studio album, ‘Send One Your Love’ which featured a cover of James Taylor’s, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight. The single earned him a Grammy Award nomination for the ‘Best Traditional R&B Performance’ in 2010. He put out another Grammy nominated album ‘The Beat’ in 2013.
In 2015, Boney James released his latest album, ‘futuresoul’ which turned quite a few heads in the music industry. He was inspired by the sound of contemporary artists like Tinashe, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith which gave him several ideas that translated in to his newest record. The album contains ten songs and features a very interesting collaboration between him and Stokely, on the track Either Way, that took place on Twitter.
Boney James is on his way to you
Boney James has been entertaining the fans with his funky music for more than two decades and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The artist has sold more three million albums and has earned four nominations for the Grammy Award. In addition to that, he has also won a Soul Train Award for the ‘Best Jazz Album’ and has been nominated for a couple of NAACP Image Awards. Now the man who came third on the Billboard Magazine’s ‘Contemporary Jazz Artist of The Decade’ list is going to visit your town soon. Book your Boney James tickets and watch as he steps on the stage and performs to his biggest hits live at an arena near you.