JOSÉ JAMES

José James: The Independence Tour

Artistic freedom. Creativity without boundaries. Music beyond genre. And a voice to define a generation.

The Independence Tour is José James' live celebration of over a decade of making music worldwide. From his early discovery by Gilles Peterson in London to his major label debut with Blue Note Records, José has produced and written 8 albums covering the best of jazz, pop, hip-hop and R&B. Now signed to his own Rainbow Blonde Records James is taking his music to new heights of expression with his 9th studio album "No Beginning No End 2." Featuring collaborations with Aloe Blacc, Ledisi, Laura Mvula, Lizz Wright and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah the album is a musical exploration of identity and a tribute to some of James' greatest musical influences, such as Michael Jackson, Prince and Marvin Gaye.

"This is a celebration of my artistic freedom and I want to invite the world," says James. "I've spent my entire career searching for a way to express what I love about music and with No Beginning No End I've finally put all the pieces together. This is Minneapolis Funk and me growing up as a child of the hip-hop generation. And it's a tribute to the Jazz greats who weren't able to own their own masters - Miles Davis, Nat Cole, Billie Holiday and John Coltrane. With No Beginning No End 2 we're building the future."