Busy of late with the acting side of his career, R&B artist Luke James is back with a new single. “go girl” pairs the two-time Grammy Award-nominated singer with fellow R&B practitioners BJ the Chicago Kid and Ro James. The track is the first taste of James’ forthcoming album, to feel love/d, due in early 2020 through Culture Collective.
The mid-tempo vibe of “go girl” is reminiscent of ’90s R&B, but with a contemporary spin. As James notes, “It’s a celebratory song that I created with two of my best buds in the business, Ro and BJ. ‘go girl’ is a feeling, an unconventional vibration about a specific woman. It’s perfectly freeing… as if it came out of a ‘90s classic love song or film.”
James released his last single, “These Arms,” in 2018. Prior to that, he charted several hits on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart, including “I Want You,” “I.O.U,” “Options” featuring Rick Ross and as the featured act on Estelle’s “So Easy.” His 2014 self-titled debut album reached No. 6 on Top R&B Albums, No. 9 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 54 on the Billboard 200. Both “I Want You” and “Options” also netted the singer two Grammy nominations for best R&B performance and best R&B song, respectively. Per Nielsen Music, James is up to 49.6 million on-demand streams in the U.S.
Also a songwriter who has collaborated with Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Snoh Aalegra, James is set to star in the third season of Showtime’s hit drama The Chi. When the season begins in 2020, James will portray the character of Victor “Trig” Taylor, the estranged older brother of Jake (Michael V. Epps). James’ additional acting credits include the Fox series Star, HBO’s Insecure, USA’s Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. and the role of singer Johnny Gill in BET’s The Bobby Brown Story. James most recently co-starred in the Universal Pictures film comedy Little.
“go girl” will be available at all digital service providers on Oct. 25.