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James Poyser
James (* 1967 in Sheffield/Great Britain) lives in Philadelphia. He is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and current member of the hip hop band The Roots; he officially joined the band in 2009.
 
James has written and produced songs for various legendary and award-winning artists such as Erykah Badu, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Rihanna, Lauryn Hill, Common, Anthony Hamilton, D'Angelo, The Roots, Jill Scott, and Big Sean. During his career, James has toured and played live with distinctive artists such DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Cece Peniston, Jay-Z, Usher, Queen Latifah, Elvis Costello, Aretha Franklin, and Hezekiah Walker. An active session musician, he has contributed to the works of Adele, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, Al Green, Nas, Ziggy Marley, Citizen Cope, Yebba, Snoh Aalegra, and Femi Kuti among many others.
 
James received a Grammy for Best R&B Song in 2003 for co-writing/producing Erykah Badu and Common's hit "Love of My Life". He was also the executive producer on Badu's highly celebrated albums, Mama's Gun and Worldwide Underground. He also received 2 Grammys, including Best R&B album, for producing John Legend's Wake Up! album in 2010.
 
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Discography
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Blue Note 509996 99286 2 8
recorded 2008 through 2009 in New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Nashville, TN/USA
Norah Jones, guitar, piano, vocals
Peter Atanasoff, guitar
Sam Cohen, guitar
Jesse Harris, guitar
Smokey Hormel, guitar
Marc Ribot, guitar, banjo
Lyle Workman, guitar
Jon Graboff, pedal steel
Zac Rae, organ, marxophon, clarinet
John Kirby, piano, synthesizer
James Poyser, piano, organ
Matt Stanfield, synthesizer
Tony Scherr, bass
Gus Seyffert, bass
Frank Swart, bass
Dave Wilder, bass
James Gadson, drums
Marco Giovino, drums, percussion
Robert DiPietro, drums
Pete McNeal, drums
Joey Waronker, drums
Will Sayles, tambourine

 
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