Following the release of his highly-praised Maths Time Joy-produced single ‘Somewhere, Out There’ last month, which received plaudits from the likes of Wonderland, NOTION, CLASH, Earmilk, Under The Radar, and Hip Hop DX, the fast-rising male face to the UK’s R&B scene James Vickery has returned to continue the support for his forthcoming debut album with his latest offering ‘Come To Me’ ft. Musiq Soulchild and produced by Pomo (Mac Miller, Anderson Paak, Honne).
While last month’s effort ‘Somewhere, Out There’ saw him continue the vibrant R&B aesthetic he showed on his previous EP ‘Overture’, ‘Come To Me’ sees him channel a far more soulful and organic direction. With nods to the classic lo-fi sound of the Motown era, his newest gem sees him and R&B legend Musiq Soulchild spread their creative wings and offer up a distinct unique addition to Vickery’s catalogue, giving us even more reason to be excited about his highly-anticipated debut album, which drops later this year.
Speaking about his new release, James said, “My goal for my debut album is to create a timeless body of work. In order to do that I need to pay homage to the greats. I would not be the singer or artist I am today had it not been for Musiq Soulchild. Having him help share the story of my own fleeting and desperate short-lived romance almost feels like a dream. I am honoured beyond words”
With the UK plunged into lockdown throughout the majority of 2020, his new studio full-length intends to encapsulate the feelings that many of us began to experience throughout last year. With so many separated from their loved ones and worried about what the future holds, James is looking to take these uncertain times and reflect them back to us with a rich and vibrant collection that looks to bring some much needed warmth and joy to our lives.
South London’s James Vickery is the new face of UK R&B. Following the enormous success of his hugely popular COLORS session, which amassed more than 22 million views, James caught the attention of many admirers internationally, subsequently leading to the London-born songwriter inking record and publishing deals with TH3RD BRAIN and Roc Nation respectively despite being born deaf in his left ear. Speaking about his pre-existing medical condition Vickery told Fader:
“Growing up in and out of hospital with a hearing impairment was extremely tough for me… If I hadn’t started going to speech therapy at a young age, I’m not sure I would have ever found my voice. The truth is I found out I could sing, almost accidentally because of speech therapy, and never looked back since…”
In March 2020 Vickery released ‘Overture’, his first body of work since becoming a signed artist. The six-track EP featured collaborations with Kenny Beats (Dominic Fike), SG Lewis (Clairo), Pomo (Anderson. Paak), Sad Money (Sabrina Claudio) and Maths Time Joy (Mahalia). The project showcased the full spectrum of Vickery’s R&B capabilities from sultry bedroom slow jams to uptempo electronic hits. > Listen to ‘Overture’ HERE
It’s clear that James Vickery has conquered more struggles than your average singer, but isn’t letting this hold him back as he releases regular unique content (see his LIVE from London series on YouTube) and puts the finishing touches to his debut album due for release later this year.
So what can we expect from Vickery moving forward into the album campaign? He tells us:
“I look up to artists like Nao who has stuck with her sound from day one and has crafted her own lane. I’m definitely trying to do that myself as a UK Male R&B Singer. I want to cover all bases of R&B and experiment with all the subforms with it, keep people guessing what they can expect from me next- with the one thing that ties it all together, the vocal.”
JV’s distinctive voice and look, combined with his incredible vision for how his voice fits into a song allows for a completely unique take on R&B and makes his one of British R&B/Soul Artists to watch out for in 2021.