While “EveryLittleThing” – José James’ last single – might have signaled a creative shift for some of his fans, “U R The 1” – his newest single – remains a testament to James’ commitment to giving fans that laid-back, Dillaesque, Soulquarian, gimme’ that snare slightly behind the click vibe. “U R The 1” also features the addition of guitarist Brad Allen Williams to James’ crew. While Williams might not be exactly burning Stratocasters in “U R The 1,” his subtle contributions add to the already rich palette that fans have come to grow fond of. The track also features pianist Kris Bowers’ synth chops with a tasty lead line that nicely complements James’ baritone vocals. Helping James out with the lyrics for “U R The 1” is singer/songwriter Talia Bilig who also made contributions to “Without U,” – another track off of James’ upcoming album, While You Were Sleeping. Bilig had this to say about her contribution to While You Were Sleeping:

 “I was really honored when José asked me to write on this album. I’ve been a fan of his work for years. He’s one of the most talented musicians I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. He writes from his soul. Writing with him was fluid and organic and exciting. And I think we’re all really proud of how this track turned out.”

For more about José James’ latest track, go to Okayplayer. Pre-order the While You Were Sleeping LP via iTunes.


1 Replies to "OKP Premiere: José James’ ‘U R The 1’"
Darelle Alan Ford says:
May 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm


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