South London’s James Vickery is the new face of UK R&B. With his hugely popular COLORS session amassing 19 million views, James caught the attention of many admirers internationally, subsequently leading to the London-born songwriter inking record and publishing deals with LA-based TH3RD BRAIN and Roc Nation respectively despite being born deaf in his left ear.
Today, July 1st, Vickery releases “Pressure (Part II) with Sinead Harnett”. This is the follow up to the hugely successful “Pressure (with SG Lewis)”, in which Vickery continues the story with the aid of the R&B songstress. This will be the first of three vocal “reworks” from his new project “Overture – The Reworks” which gives his fans a new take on his picks from the critically acclaimed Overture EP released in March.
Listen to ‘Pressure Part II’ HERE – https://jamesvickery.ffm.to/pressurept2
Speaking about The Reworks project, James gives us this insight: “I wanted to do something different instead of just putting out typical remixes for Overture. I’m a singer through and through, so I wanted to showcase some extraordinary singers that I know and love. With each song I’ve tried to do something completely different and original, be it continuing the story from the original song, or singing in another language…”
Speaking about his pre-existing medical condition Vickery told Fader: “Growing up in and out of hospital with a hearing impairment was extremely tough for me… If I hadn’t started going to speech therapy at a young age, I’m not sure I would have ever found my voice. The truth is I found out I could sing, almost accidentally – because of speech therapy, and never looked back since…”
It’s clear that James Vickery has conquered more struggles than your average singer, but isn’t letting this hold him back as he releases regular unique content (see his LIVE from London series on Youtube) and continues working on his debut album due for release in early 2021.So what can we expect from Vickery moving forward into the album campaign? He tells us: “I look up to artists like Nao who has stuck with her sound from day one, and has crafted her own lane. I’m definitely trying to do that myself as a UK Male R&B Singer. I want to cover all bases of R&B and experiment with all the subforms with it, keep people guessing what they can expect from me next- with the one thing that ties it all together, the vocal.”