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It May Not Be Monday, But Producer/Songwriter James Worthy Is Still My #MCM!

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Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Billboard Songwriter/Producer James Worthy. Worthy is a self taught musical engineer with an extensive resume. He has worked with several artists including Arrested Development, En Vouge, Silk, Bobby Valentino, and Future. Here are a few of the things that I learned about Mr. James Worthy during our interview:

How did you get your career off the ground? What inspired you to start making music?

Well, originally I’m from New York, so that gave me a lot of inspiration because of the diversity of people and the different types of genres that you can listen to throughout the burrows. That was a really big part in me wanting to do music. I really didn’t know if I wanted to do music at first; I wanted to be a basketball player and I wanted to do paintings and drawings. I knew that it was something in entertainment that I wanted to do. Once I started collecting albums and really studying music, producing, and songwriting; That’s what gave me my motivation to start making my own music.

How did your “big break” opportunity with Yung Berg come about?

In the early 2000’s I was really shopping a lot of my beats around just trying to get an opportunity. I ran across his Twitter page and saw him advertising that he was working on a mixtape entitled Twitter Music. He gave out his personal email for people to submit beats to him. I sent him a couple tracks and that’s how it came about. We did a song called “Electric Disco” which is on one of his Twitter Music mixtapes and that’s how it came about.

Name a few of your favorite tracks that you’ve produced.

Let’s see. Definitely Truth Hurts “Fight 4 Love”, Sara Stokes’ “Sneak Peek”, Dave Tolliver’s “Concert”, Zaena Morisho’s “ One Thing”; I have a new record with Lil Zane entitled “Be Friends” also. There’s a lot of them. I’m one of those people that treats my work like my babies.

What makes your personal favorites stand out to the most above all of the other work that you’ve done?

When I approach a track I want to make sure that people relate. The lyrical content has to be right. A song is more than just a beat. The lyrics make the song and when I’m making music I take that into consideration. I don’t want anyone just saying anything over my music, it has to coincide with everything. And once that solidifies, that’s what makes masterpieces.

Are there any famous producers or artists in the music industry today that you draw inspiration from?

Yeah there are plenty of them! Pharrell, Kanye, Neptune, Dr. Luke; there are many different producers out there known in the industry for different things, with different sounds, and different ways of making music. I mix all of those together and I make my own sound, but I always draw inspiration from everywhere. There’s always different tips and techniques to use. We all put it in a pot and form something new.

When making beats, do you ever create something with a certain artist in mind? Like, this sounds like something Drake, Future, or Timbaland would do.

Actually, I don’t. For me, it’s all about feeling and making something organic. I think that’s where a lot of people fall short. They try to make something that’s already been done. Or they’re trying to recreate something that was hot before. Any artist that I work with I take them out of the box and their comfort zone to make something totally new and fresh. That’s where we draw the blueprints for other people to follow. That sets up the trend setters.

What is some advice that you would give to someone aspiring to jumpstart a career in the music industry?

I would definitely say learn the business first and foremost. That’s such a broad statement because there are so many things going on this industry as far as, what people need to know, contracts, and just business in general. Also learn from others, learn from the greats. You have to learn from other people’s mistakes. You’re going to have to go through some things in the business and hit some hard roads but those experiences help you out in the long run because they make you stronger. Once you learn what you really want to do in this business, everything will fall into place. There’s enough success to go around for everybody. You just have to find what your niche is, where you’re going to stand, what makes you stand out, and go from there.

Are there any artists or fellow music producers that you would like to work with that you haven’t gotten the opportunity to work with yet?

There’s a lot of them. I definitely want to work with Kanye. I’m a big fan of Chris Brown. Frank Ocean, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Sam Smith. There are a lot of them, I couldn’t even name them all.

What new projects are you currently working on? What are some of the things that we can expect to see and hear from you in 2016?

I have a new single coming out with Lil Zane called “Be Friends”. I have a new record with Bone Crusher coming out soon. I have a new single with Dave Tolliver called “Concert.” I’ve got some new stuff coming with Sevyn Streeter and Donnell Jones as well.

I see that you’ve been trying your hand at television. Can we anticipate seeing you on the small screen anytime soon?

I just did an appearance on Centric’s new show, From the Bottom Up and TMZ about a month ago. I’ll be on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s new season as well as Love and Hip Hop Hollywood. Expect me to be appearing on a couple shows and I have a couple films I’m working on as well.

Do you have anything else that you would like for our readers to know about?

Everybody make sure you follow me on social media. It’s Instagram and Twitter @kingjamesworthy. On Facebook, my fan page is King James Worthy. And if you want to hit me up directly for bookings or inquires it’s jamesworthybookings@gmail.com. You know I’m always following back.

If you haven’t heard enough from my #MCM feel free to follow his movements on social media. He says he’s #teamfollowback, but he hasn’t quite followed me back yet. Let’s just say he hasn’t gotten around to it yet.

Darshay K. Lampley is a Broadcast Journalism major and Creative Writing minor at Jacksonville State University. Upon graduating, she anticipates a lucrative career in the entertainment industry. Darshay is an entertainment journalist, on-air radio personality, and is currently writing her first book. Darshay believes that her ambition along with her strong faith in God will lead her down the pathway to success. "God is within her, she will not fail." Psalm 46:5

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