Songwriter, artist and pianist Reuben James has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group. James is perhaps best known for his ongoing collaboration with Sam Smith, and co-wrote ‘The Thrill Of It All’, the title track from Smith’s most recent album, as well as the song ‘Him’.
Mike Smith, Managing Director, Warner/Chappell Music UK says: “Reuben is an incredibly gifted musician and songwriter. I’m so pleased he’s going to take centre stage and release his own material, as well as continuing to tap into his global contact book to keep collaborating with some of the finest artists around the world.”
Saul Fitton, International Creative Manager, Warner/Chappell Music UK adds: “Reuben is a special talent. His songwriting and musical ability is truly incredible and I’m sure he will go on to have a fantastic solo career. It’s great to be able to have someone of Reuben’s calibre on our books and have him collaborate with our other amazing songwriters.”
Reuben James adds: “I’m delighted to sign this deal with Warner/Chappell as I take the next step in my career. I want to continue collaborating with amazing artists, but I’m also looking forward to writing and release music in my own name, exploring the boundaries between jazz and pop sounds.”
James was recruited to join Sam Smith’s band while he was playing at the world-famous London venue Ronnie Scott’s. He went on to perform with Smith on his global tours and co-wrote two tracks on his recent album, which has sold more than four million copies worldwide and went to Number One in the UK and US.
James has also collaborated with a range of artists including Bruno Major, Callum Scott, Disclosure, Hiraku Utada, Liam Payne, Little Mix, Tom Misch and Tori Kelly. In addition, he played on the recent album Revamp: Reimagining The Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
Current projects include working with UK band Honne on their upcoming album, and the current single for Californian producer KINGDM. He also plans to release his own records in the future, as well as continuing to collaborate with other artists.
James has played piano since the age of three and won a scholarship to the prestigious Trinity College of Music in London, before going on to be named Rising Star at the 2014 British Jazz Awards.