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Boney James
   
Number of songs: 15 | Total weeks on charts: 184
Appearing in a total number of: 15 charts | Total period running: 1384 days
Biography

Boney James (born James Oppenheim on September 1, 1961) is an American saxophonist, songwriter, and record producer.
Boney James is a four-time Grammy Award nominee (Best Pop Instrumental Album, 2001, 2004, 2014 and Best Traditional R&B Performance, 2009) and a Soul Train Award winner (Best Jazz Album 1998). He has also been honored with two NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Jazz Album. James has sold over three million albums, and has accumulated four RIAA Certified Gold Records. In 2009, Billboard magazine named James one of the Top 3 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Decade.
According to the Boston Globe: "Let's make something perfectly clear: James is not a smooth jazz player. Yeah, he is often grouped with people like Kenny G and Najee, but his music is muscular and gritty, whereas most smooth jazz has all the texture and complexity of a cue ball...James swaggered across the stage like a blacktop hero draining treys on an overmatched opponent. He even weaved his way through the audience, never missing a beat and all but daring the crowd not to have a good time."

Boney James took up the clarinet at the age of eight, switching to sax when he was ten. Boney spent his early teen years in New Rochelle, New York and became musically influenced by the R&B Motown genre and saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr.. When James was fourteen his family moved to Los Angeles, where he joined a fusion band that opened for acts like Flora Purim and the Yellowjackets. Another member of this early band was John Shanks, now a successful pop producer. James eventually received a degree in History from UCLA, but began playing music full-time after graduation. James learned to play keyboards and in 1985 he joined Morris Day's band. His R&B influence was further strengthened by seven years of touring and sessions as a sideman with Day, the Isley Brothers, Bobby Caldwell, Randy Crawford, Teena Marie and others. It was on the road with Crawford in 1986 that he earned his now-famous moniker, when his physique led a band mate to joke "We'll have to start calling you Boney James!".

In the early 1990s while on tour with Bobby Caldwell's band James met engineer and producer Paul Brown, beginning a 10-year period of collaboration. In 1992 Boney released his debut album as a leader, Trust, on the independent record label Spindletop Records. Following the record's success, James was signed by the Warner Brothers label in 1994. He released the RIAA Certified Gold Records, Seduction, Sweet Thing and Body Language on Warner Brothers.

In 2000 he collaborated with trumpeter Rick Braun on an album called Shake it Up. Their duets include the now classic updated version of Hugh Masakela's "Grazin' in the Grass". Other artists who have made guest appearances on Boney's records include Raheem DeVaughn, Faith Evans, George Benson, George Duke, Dwele, Al Jarreau, Philip Bailey, Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim, Eric Benét, Dave Hollister and Angie Stone.

James began co-producing his records with Brown in 1997, and assumed the role of sole producer starting with his Grammy-nominated Pure album in 2003. Following a string of chart-topping albums, in 2006 James moved to Concord Records and released Shine which posted his career highest Billboard Pop Chart position to that date (No. 44 on the Top 200). His 2009 album, Send One Your Love earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance. James' 2013 album The Beat received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

On May 15, 2010, James was involved in a car crash coming home from a performance when he was rear ended by a drunk driver. James suffered a fractured jaw, two shattered teeth and facial lacerations. He was sidelined for two months.

In 2014, James produced two songs on Al Jarreau's George Duke tribute album My Old Friend, "No Rhyme No Reason" (feat. Kelly Price) and "Bring Me Joy" (feat. George Duke).

In 2015, he released futuresoul which spent eleven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. futuresoul was the bestselling Contemporary Jazz Record of 2015. In August 2015, James made his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

2017 saw the release of Honestly, his 16th album. The record became James' eleventh No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart and also reached No. 22 on the Billboard Current Albums Chart, his highest pop chart debut to date.
Boney James is married to actress and director Lily Mariye. In 2012 he contributed an original score to her feature film directorial debut, Model Minority.

Discography:
• Trust (1992)
• Backbone (1994)
• Seduction (1995)
• Boney's Funky Christmas (1996)
• Sweet Thing (1997)
• Body Language (1999)
• Shake It Up with Rick Braun (2000)
• Ride (2001)
• Pure (2004)
• Shine (2006)
• Christmas Present (2007)
• Send One Your Love (2009)
• Contact (2011)
• The Beat (2013)
• futuresoul (2015)
• Honestly (2017)
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia


Boney James in the news
Singer/Trumpeter Johnny Britt's Spring Fling Looks Like The Real Thing (05/04/2019) Warren Hill's Los Cabos Jazz Festival Launches At Famed Vacation Hot Spot April 2019 (17/01/2019)
New Zealand-Based Contemporary Jazz Band GroovExpress Rumbles To #1 On Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart With 3rd CD Amsterdaam (23/10/2018) Robert Miller's Project Grand Slam Releases Their New Album Trippin' On June 29, 2018 (09/05/2018)
Smooth Soul Singer Selina Albright Comfortable And Confident Enough To "Eat Something" (31/01/2017) Grammy-Winning Hit-Maker Paul Brown Follows His Heart "Back" To His Roots (03/10/2016)
Acclaimed Jazz-Fusion Group Project Grand Slam To Release Highly Anticipated New Album "The Queen's Carnival" On August 19, 2016 (28/07/2016) Seay And Her New Album For The Planet "In The Garden" Is Making Waves And Climbing The Charts (23/07/2016)
Seay Releases "In The Garden" Via Tuscan Sun Music (23/05/2016) Seabreeze Jazz Festival Celebrates Smooth Jazz, White Sands, And "Fun" In Panama City Beach, Fl April 20-24th (09/03/2016)
Ray Parker Jr. To Make Debut Appearance At KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival & Taste Of The Bash (19/05/2015) Jazz Royalty "Open Up" "The Vault" To Help Departed Friend's Family (01/04/2015)
Saxophonist Shashaty Set To Embark Upon A "Dream Ride" Leading To A "Brighter Day" (29/01/2015) "Jazz And Love" Set To Bring Unique Valentine's Day Concert Experience To South Florida (12/01/2015)
Singer/Songwriter Michael Oneill Recalls The Troubadour Era Of Los Angeles (20/10/2014)
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