Beyonce has hired R&B singer and New Orleans native Luke James to open for the duration of the European leg of "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" in April and May.
April 2, James opened for The-Dream at Stage 48 in New York, and to say that he stood out would be an understatement. The singer had the crowd eating out of his hand; his song selection, vocal style and phrasing have a joyous perfectionism, also evident in his free mixtape Whispers in the Dark and—especially—his recent single "I Want You."
James is co-managed by Frank Gatson Jr., who also serves as Beyonce's Creative Director, so perhaps it's no surprise that the star chose James to open for her shows. But it's hard to deny the singer's talents, which include a flawless falsetto and some excellent songwriting choices. He's currently working on his N.A.R.S./Island Def Jam debut album, entitled Made to Love.
Rap-Up cited this Beyonce quote on the singer:
"Luke James is a gifted singer and songwriter and what he does on stage with his pure falsetto is incredible. I am excited to have him join the tour and to introduce this soulful singer to an audience in Europe that will be discovering a true star."
Check the tour dates, and then watch the video for "I Want You" below.
Dates with Luke James
April 24 – Paris, France – Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
April 25 – Paris, France – Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
April 26 – Birmingham, UK – LG Arena
April 27 – Birmingham, UK – LG Arena
April 29 – London, UK – The O2
April 30 – London, UK – The O2
May 1 – London, UK – The O2
May 3 – London, UK – The O2
May 4 – London, UK – The 02
May 5 – London, UK – The 02
May 7 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
May 8 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
May 9 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
May 11 – Dublin, Ireland – The O2
May 12 – Dublin, Ireland – The O2
May 14 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis Antwerpen
May 15 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis Antwerpen
May 17 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
May 18 – Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
May 20 – Montpellier, France – Park & Suites Arena
May 22 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
May 23 – Berlin, Germany – O2 World
May 24 – Berlin, Germany – O2 World
May 27 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Forum
May 29 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe Arena