Ronnie James Tucker–or known by his stage name, Ro James– is a singer songwriter based in NYC. A bad breakup made James begin to start songwriting and by the end of 2013, he had released 3 EPs. In 2015, he released his debut album, Eldorado, which included his hit record, “Permission.”

Recently James released his “Too Much” single featuring Grammy-award winning singer, Miguel. Following the release of the single, he dropped his sophomore album, MANTIC. 

While many know him for making amazing R&B records, there are some things people may be surprised to know.

1. Ro James Was Born In Stuttgart, Germany

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2. Ro James Spent His Childhood In Multiple Places

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James’ father was in the military and later became a preacher. During his childhood his family lived in Indiana, California, Hawaii, Oklahoma, and his current residence, New York.  

3. His Aunt Sang For Prince

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4. Prince Was His Music Muse

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James says he learned to embrace being “different” from Prince. 

5. He Developed His Songwriting Skills From Punishments

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James often got in trouble as a child and his mother would make him read and write as a punishment. He says that his helped him hone in on his songwriting skills at an early age.