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James Mtume


Philadelphia given birth to percussionist Adam Mtume did something unique within the music business: he has already established a successful profession even though preserving his integrity. An effective session guy, songwriter, bandleader, and manufacturer, Mtume bowed from the music business within the middle-’80s, when he sensed the product quality and background of R&B was sliding away, and then come back triumphantly to lend his stellar hearing and deep understanding of dark music to neo-R&B works like Mary J. Blige. Mtume, the kid of jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, initial made in-roads in to the music business in the first ’70s when he transferred from the town of brotherly want to NY. There he fulfilled and used greats such as for example Freddie Hubbard and Sonnie Rollins, before getting asked to become listed on Mls Davis’ touring group being a percussionist. Mtume spent five years with Mls and leveraged the esteemed position to become session guy, playing on Lonnie Liston Smith’s Astral Vacationing and Roberta Flack’s Blue Lighting In the Cellar, among others. It had been through Flack that Mtume would satisfy his eventual songwriting partner and potential bandmate. Decamping from Davis’ touring music group, the musician installed with Flack’s back-up group and befriended guitarist Reggie Lucas. With Lucas, Mtume produced an effective songwriting partnership, composing for and guiding the professions of Flack (“The Nearer I Reach You”) and budding diva Stephanie Mills (“Hardly ever Knew Love SUCH AS THIS Before”). In 1978, after almost ten years as a specialist musician, Mtume finally had taken the plunge and produced his own music group, the appropriately called Mtume, alongside Lucas, bassist Ray Johnson, vocalist Tawatha Agee, and keyboardist Phil Areas. The group released many albums through the entire past due ’70s and early ’80s and obtained a few strikes, especially the raunchy “Juicy Fruits,” however they under no circumstances found the type of mainstream achievement of additional Mtume tasks. The band ultimately broke up within the middle-’80s, with Mtume swearing off the existing weather of R&B, awash in sound-a-likes and something hit wonders in those days. Mtume did come back within the ’90s, nevertheless, creating Mary J. Blige’s 1997 Talk about My World recording and K-Ci and Jo-Jo’s Like Always exactly the same year.

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Full Name James Mtume
Profession Composer, Music Producer, Singer-songwriter, Radio personality, Music Arranger
Nationality American
Parents Jimmy Heath
Awards Grammy Award for Best R&B Song
Music Groups Mtume, Heath Brothers, Players Association
Music Songs Juice Fruit, You, Me and He, Sugar Free, Turn the Music Up!, COD, Love Lock, Give It on Up, Prime Time, Tie Me Up, Smilin' Billy Suite, Part 2, Wanna Be a Star, P.O.P. Generation, Hips, Body & Soul, Hip Dip SkippedaBeat, You Are My Sunshine, I Simply Like, Dreamin', The Closer I Get to You, More Than a Little Bit, Smilin' Billy Suite, Part 1, Time and a Place, Would You Like To, Theme, Hustlin', You Can't Wait for Love, Ride the Groove, Closer to the End, Feelin' Deelin', Your Love's Too Good, Kiss This World Goodbye, Ready For Your Love
Albums As We Were Saying..., You, Me and He, Juicy Fruit, Kiss This World Goodbye, Rebirth Cycle
Nominations American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single
Movies Native Son

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1 Nephew of Percy Heath.
2 Son of Jimmy Heath.

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New York Undercover TV Series theme by - 63 episodes, 1995 - 1999 music supervisor - 37 episodes, 1996 - 1999



New York Undercover 1994-1999 TV Series 89 episodes
Native Son 1986



Good Day New York 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Morris from America 2016 music: "Juicy"
Finding the Funk 2013 Documentary performer: "Juicy Fruit" / writer: "Juicy Fruit"
I Give It a Year 2013 writer: "Never Knew Love Like This Before"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Notorious 2009 performer: "Juicy Fruit", "Juicy" - as Mtume / writer: "Juicy Fruit", "Juicy"
Rush Hour 3 2007 writer: "Closer I Get to You"
Gracie 2007 writer: "The Closer I Get to You"
Your Song 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols! 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Gospel 2005 writer: "The Closer I Get to You"
The Cookout 2004 writer: "The Closer I Get to You"
Celebridade 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deliver Us from Eva 2003 writer: "Never Knew Love Like This Before" 1980
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game lyrics: "Juicy Fruit" / music: "Juicy Fruit"
8 Mile 2002 writer: "Juicy" - as Mtume
Biggie and Tupac 2002 Documentary writer: "Juicy"
Roberta Flack in Concert 2002 Video writer: "The Closer I Get To You"
A Huey P. Newton Story 2001 TV Movie documentary writer: "Juicy"
The Ladies Man 2000 "The Closer I Get to You"
Soul Music Festival: Part IV 1998 TV Movie writer: "Never Knew Love Like This Before" - uncredited
Get on the Bus 1996 producer: "Girl You Need A Change Of Mind" - as James M'Tume
Kingpin 1996 writer: "Ooh La La" - as Mtume
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 1996 writer: "Freak Tonight" - as J. M'Tume
Girls Town 1996 as Mtume, "And I Say"
New York Undercover 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll 1988 TV Movie writer: "The Closer I Get To You"
Native Son 1986 writer: "Jones Come Down Call Me, Call Me, Call Me
Sha Na Na 1980 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Midnight Special 1980 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The John Davidson Show 1980 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Merv Griffin Show 1979-1980 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Dinah! 1979-1980 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
New American Bandstand 1965 1980 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Soul Train 1980 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Roller Revolution 1980 TV Movie writer: "Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin'"
Today 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock Concert 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Starting Over 1979 producer: "Better Than Ever" 1979 - as Mtume
The Mike Douglas Show 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Brother on the Run 1973 "Brother on the Run"



Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue 2004 Documentary Himself

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