Boney James, his journey as a musician through new CD, futuresoul
By Rich Randall
From the comfort of his home, Boney James spoke candidly about his journey as a musician, and the impending release of his new CD, futuresoul which is scheduled for May 4, 2015.
Citing Grover Washington Jr. and The Crusaders as being influential in his growth as a musician and composer, James exudes great excitement about his new project. He believes the evolution of the music is essential, and always looks to infuse elements of soul in his compositions; hence the title cut futuresoul. It’s a collaborative effort that has a funky groove with a catchy hook that will have you singing after just one listen. It was produced by Dwele, a Neo-soul artist who’s no stranger to the R&B/Soul charts. Another soulful collaboration, Either Way features R&B/Soul singer, Stokley Williams of the acclaimed band Mint Condition. James sites technology and social media as being key elements for enabling such rich collaborations. “I met Stokley on twitter. Then, I sent him an mp3, and he sent me back a pro tools session that was absolutely amazing. I didn’t have to do much to it, and it worked out perfectly”. When probed about future collaborations, his lists Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin among other artists he’d love to work with.
With over two decades of experience under his belt, he admits that, like many other things in life, it takes talent, hard work, and a reasonable amount of luck to be successful. Additionally, James offers this advice to anyone pursuing a career in music, “Always be yourself no matter what. Don’t listen to what the critics say. Always create the music that’s inside of you.” He has found that strategy to be the catalyst for the majority of his success in the industry.
James is scheduled to begin touring in mid-May 2015 to promote his new project, future-soul. “I’m super grateful that people are still supporting and listening to my music,” states James. For tour dates, he encourages fans to visit his website for the most accurate information on performance updates and releases – www.boneyjames.com.