R&B singer Ro James (born Ronnie James Tucker) was born on November 19, 1987, to an extremely religious household. He was born in Stuttgart, Germany because his father served in the military. He then moved to America and lived with his grandmother for a year in New York before moving to California, Oklahoma, and several other locations throughout the U.S., but he would still visit New York every summer to see his grandmother. His father’s profession as a pastor influenced his love of Gospel music. When asked about having to sing in church because of his father and said:
He always tried to make us sing and I would hate it
Ro was a bit of a troublemaker growing up, even going as far as stealing a teacher’s wallet and buying pizza for the entire class in 7th grade. He was punished by his mother, who forced him to study. He believes that his punishment is what improved his penmanship. He would later go on to become friends with fellow R&B artist Miguel through Myspace.
Ro James' charting hits include “Permission” which reached the top ten of the Adult R&B charts and “Everything” which appeared on the Emerging Artists charts.
His debut album ELDORADO received positive reviews from critics and peaked at #3 on the R&B charts.