James, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana has worked professionally in the entertainment industry for over 18 years and has been regarded by his peers as being one of the most talented professionals in the business. He attended Indiana University where he was a member of the legendary IU Soul Revue under the mentorship of Dr. James E. Mumford of the African American Arts Institute. During his tenure at Indiana University James honed the skills that would prepare him to travel the world and perform with some of the music industry’s biggest and brightest stars. He is the proud recipient of the 2013 Herman C. Hudson Alumni Award, a prestigious honor given by Indiana University’s African American Arts Institute in recognition of former members who have made outstanding contributions in the arts.
Whether it be playing to sold out crowds at Madison Square Garden, musical directing for superstar entertainers from Babyface’s legendary R&B group After 7 featuring the 2012 Herman C. Hudson Alumni Award winner Kevon Edmonds, to LL Cool J’s Grammy Award winning performance at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall, to headlining at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles with famed supergroup New Edition, James is known for his high level of professionalism, awesome talent, and positive attitude. He has also recorded and produced with some the industry’s biggest stars such as Toni Braxton, En Vogue, Tupac, MC Smooth and LL Cool J. He has also had the privilege of traveling to the country of Brunei Darussalam to do a Command Performance for the Sultan of Brunei with Shanice "I Love Your Smile" Wilson. He has worked for some of the top record companies in the business, RCA, Warner Bros, Sony, and Virgin, Atlantic, Universal, J Records, Jive, and Capitol records.
James lives in Studio City,CA and when he’s not on the road you can catch him jammin on Sundays at the lendgendary hot spot Spaghettini performing with new R&B Sensation DW-3. Hosted by 94.7 The Wave Brunch and Brian McKnight. He has had the privilege of playing for some of Jazz’s biggest and brightest artists from Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Mindy Abair, Phil Perry and Gerald Albright. He also played bass in the RnB Live Hollywood houseband for several years, again playing for some of R&B’s hottest stars from Jamie Foxx, Brandi, Faith Evans, Eric Benet to Teena Marie. In the span of 18 years, Mr. Strong has just about covered every aspect of what you would experience in the music industry as a professional musician, producer and musical director.