Essential New Artist - Keith James / by Eric Lum

This week’s New Artist is accomplished singer-songwriter turned independent Artist Keith James.

Keith James first rose to prominence as a songwriter for Jeremih, Nicki Minaj and Wale, among others. He is best known for writing Jeremih’s hit ‘Birthday Sex’ which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Hip-Hop/R&B charts. He’s also helped write songs like Jeremih’s ‘Imma Star,’ and tracks on Nicki Minaj’s critically acclaimed album “The Pink Print."

After his early success, and a publishing deal with Universal, he’s decided to step away from songwriting for others and begin singing his own potential chart toppers.

Keith released his first single, ‘Not My Day,’ back in February and has since released his debut EP “From The Grey.”. ‘Not My Day’ was recognized as one of Spotify’s ‘Most Viral Tracks’ in August and his R&B/soul sound has been compared to greats like Bruno Mars and Pharrell.

Keith was added this week by Tastemaker Adam, and we definitely think he is on to something here.