(April 18, 2013 – New York, NY)It was announced today that N.A.R.S. Records/ Island Def Jam recording artistLuke Jameswas personally chosen by 17-timeGRAMMY® AwardwinnerandglobalsuperstarBeyoncéas the opening performer on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in Europe. Beginning April 24thin Paris, France through May 29thin Stockholm, Sweden, with the exception of Oslo, Norway,GRAMMY® Award nominatedLuke Jameswill take the stage to deliver his dynamic presence and signature soulful sound for what is sure to be a spectacular performance. (See tour dates below)
“Luke Jamesis a gifted singer and songwriter and what he does on stage with his pure falsetto is incredible. I am excited to have him join the tour and to introduce this soulful singer to an audience in Europe that will be discovering a true star,” said Beyoncé
Managed by Beyoncé’s creative director/show director, Frank Gatson Jr. and Los-Angeles based business partner Greg Parks,Luke Jameshas been championed by the global superstar for his artistry and vocals for years.Luke Jameswas the sole opening act for all fourof the Beyonce’s shows at Revel in Atlantic City for her “Back To Business” concerts last summer and he was selected for a featured role in her 2011 “Run the World” video.
“It is such an unimaginable honor to be sharing the light yet again with Beyoncé on her sold out Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” saidLuke James. “This is a blessing that I do not take lightly. Thank you Beyoncé.”
Luke James, who was nominated for Best R&B Performance at the 2013GRAMMY® Awardsfor his hit single, ‘I Want You’and nominated for Best New Artist at the 2012 Soul Train Awards, has been captivating audiences with his live performances.Billboardrecently branded him as “R&B’s new golden boy” and “a star,” while BET.com says “it would be a pop culture injustice if Luke James doesn’t become a household name.”
With crowd-rising performances atBET Honors,Black Girls Rock!,ESSENCE Music Festival 2012,BET Music Matters Tour,2013 Trumpet Awardsand BET Networks CEO Debra Lee’s PRE BET Awards dinner, the “buttery-smooth New Orleans soul singer” (Village Voice) with the “pretty falsetto” (New York Times) has quickly stepped out into the limelight even before the release of his debut solo album.
Luke Jameshas amassed an impressive list of writing credits, including tracks with Justin Bieber (“That Should Be Me”), Chris Brown (“Crawl”), and Britney Spears (“Kill The Lights”), as well as Keri Hilson, Brandy, and others.
Other projects in the works include a role in the upcoming‘Black Nativity’movie,co-starring withAngela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer HudsonandMary J. Blige.Luke James will also take the stage at the 2013 ESSENCE Music Festival on July 7, 2013 in New Orleans.