Written Kelly Wright for MYHELLOFALIFE.com
Last week, Luke James graced New Orleans with his presence by making his hometown’s House of Blues a stop on his concert tour. Quentin “Q” Spears, a former Upskale group member, was his opening act. Luke then came out and performed Make Love to Me, Options, Strawberry Vapors, and Stay With Me, just to name a few. Halfway through the concert, he engaged his audience by allowing them to choose what songs came next. Of course, he chose to close the night’s performance with his first hit single I Want You.
After the concert he allowed a one-on-one interview with My Hell of a Life, where he shared some of his personal insight on food, fashion, and what’s to come in the future:
Kelly: What’s up with this San Francisco ball cap you’re known for sporting?
Luke: (Laughs) I get this question a lot on the street and on social networks. Well, it’s not that I’m a baseball fan… I like the hat because it works for me because I’m into style. But also, in my mind I believe that I’m a Giant (smirks and laughs out loud).
Kelly: So you moved from New Orleans to L.A. to New York. Now I know there’s nothing like New Orleans cuisine, so when you come back home what are your must-have top foodie spots?
Luke: Number one: Mom’s house. She makes the best breakfast, best lunch, best dinner. Next, I would say Jeanine’s, you know, if I’m feeling that kind of way. That place has some of the best hot sausage!
Kelly: Okay, so enlighten me on what you’re wearing tonight.
Luke: Urban Outfitters (Solid black T-Shirt), Givenchy (Leather Trousers), Givenchy (Black Studded Leather Chelsea Boots), and Saint Laurent (Classic 3 Passants Belt in Black Leather).
Kelly: Do you support any local clothing retailers while you’re here at home?
Luke: Umm, you know I haven’t really shopped since I’ve been home, but I think I’m about to because now I understand more about vintage and vintage garmets and whatnot since I’ve been in New York. So I would love to have some moments here to just go to Magazine Street and just venture around and figure out different vintage spots.
Kelly: So I’ve watched your “Exit Wounds” video. Being that I‘ve had years of experience learning about Deaf Culture, I noticed the person in the background signing (ASL) the lyrics. What were your artistic thoughts when coming up with this video?
Luke: With the video in totality, and the last three videos –Options, Exit Wounds, Dancing in the Dark- are all my directorial debuts. In my mind I know that my best attribute is performing. To showcase who I am, I wanted them to be about me, and not too busy. Options is very simple and straight on, Dancing in the Dark has simplicity in it, and a little bit of nakedness (chuckles), and Exit Wounds is more of a story-telling and emotional video (“with a little bit of nakedness!”-chimes Kelly) and yes! Nakedness (laughs). But the sign language is there because for one, it’s cool. Two, I want the song to transcend and speak to everyone and be understood by anyone. And three, it’s sign language! It’s just something different! I mean, and just how much more meaningful is a song if it has sign language in it? It was a clever move. I won’t lie though, I got the idea from being at Beyonce’s shows, where in certain corners there’s a person signing the lyrics.
Kelly: Alright, Where are you going from here?
Luke: I’m go to Houston, then Dallas. I think I’m gonna do something in LA, and go back to New York and do a little something.
Kelly; Anyone you’re collaborating with, or doing a tour with anytime soon?
Luke: Tour with? Ahh, no one as of now. Collaborating? I’m looking forward to collaborating with Jessie J. Yea, I’m really just a huge fan. She’s a beast! You know, young people, new people, just fresh faces…I want to collaborate with the new wave of awesomeness.
Since leaving New Orleans after high school, Luke has thrived in the entertainment world. Taking on his “Wolf” persona, he has dominated and led the pack in hasty success. When previously asked about his fascination with the wolf, he replied that he believed that “the wolf is his animal kindred spirit, and that he has an innate desire to conquer the terrain working with others, but he also has the ability to survive as a loner” (Yohance Kyles, AllHipHop). Afterseeing all of his triumph, we believe him! From being personally chosen by Beyonce to open up the Mrs. Carter Tour, to being a Grammy Award nominee for Best R&B Performance, to recently releasing his first self-entitled album, Luke James is the wolf to watch.
**Special thanks to Luke James and his PR team for this opportunity.**