Ro James Isn’t A Gimmick… And He Makes It Clear
Born Ronnie James Tucker, but known to friends and fans as Ro James; was born in Stuttgart Germany. His father, a military man and who was also a non – denominational preacher as well as a talented vocalist. “He always would make me sing” Ro recalls. Although he was born in Germany, Ro spent most of his years in New York City. When he was just six years old, he moved to New York City with his grandmother while his mother finished school in Germany. Like most military children; Ro has experienced living in different stated such as: Hawaii, Oklahoma, and Texas.
The first song Ro ever wrote was called “Portrait”. Portrait was about a photo that took you back to a memory that reminded you of what it felt like and now I’m staring at this portrait of you and you don’t have me anymore. “It was a real life experience for me, so I really connected with it.” Ro says. Ro’s father would always try and get him to sing in church, but he was too rebellious. He also feared singing in front of the church. He recalls a time one of his teachers made him so mad that he stole his wallet and bought pizza for the whole class. He was later caught and suspended for five days. His punishment was to read, and write which began the development of his penmanship.
Ro is huge fan of Prince, his artistry, and his ability to be himself and not really care about what anyone else thinks. When asked “What separates you from the next male artist?” He replied: “I feel that it is my duty to reacquaint the world with music and what its mission is. Music is made to teach, to heal and to provide hope… I don’t feel the need to complete because I’m confident in my talent and there’s room for everyone to share their gift.
Music is not a gimmick and it is not a trend. Neither am I. I just want to leave my mark and I don’t want to be someone who simply lived and died; I want people to know I was here.” His gifted movement this time around from Coke, Jack and Cadillacs was the transition from being independent and doing independently with his own ideas, his own visions, and to be going into a label where he can incorporate so many other people’s ideas or visions. With 1,632,647 views on Youtube with his latest single “Permission” you can hear the influences of Lenny Kravitz, and Prince.