James Edward Fauntleroy II is an American singer, songwriter and record producer from Inglewood, California. He is best known for featuring on tracks by high-profile artists such as Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J. Cole, Vince Staples, Big Sean, and John Mayer as well as writing songs for artists including Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. In 2014 and 2018, Fauntleroy won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.
|Birth name||James Edward Fauntleroy II|
|Born||May 16, 1984|
|Origin||Inglewood, California, United States|
|Labels||Roc Nation, Reservoir|
In 2011, Fauntleroy provided vocals for five songs on Common's The Dreamer/The Believer album. He appeared on "Dreamer (feat. Maya Angelou)," "Gold," "Cloth," "Celebrate," and "Windows." In 2012, he contributed vocals to Kanye West's first G.O.O.D. Music collaborative album, Cruel Summer. He appears on "Clique," "Higher," "Sin City," and "The One."
In 2013, Fauntleroy also made high-profile appearances on Drake's "Girls Love Beyonce", Nipsey Hussle's Crenshaw, Travis Scott's Owl Pharaoh, J. Cole's Born Sinner and Big Sean's Hall of Fame. He also contributed writing and additional vocals to New Kids on the Block's 10 (2013) and Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013). Fauntleroy also performed at the 2013 Soul Train Music Awards. On November 15, 2013, Timbaland released "Know Bout Me", the first single from his album Textbook Timbo featuring Fauntleroy, Drake and Jay-Z. However, Timbaland looks to have shelved the project for the time being, instead focusing on his new album Opera Noir. He also co-wrote every song on Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience (2013) and twelve further tracks on the follow-up The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 (2013).
In 2015, Fauntleroy wrote on 4 tracks on Rihanna's eighth studio album Anti and appeared on Kendrick Lamar's album To Pimp a Butterfly, which was nominated for Album of the Year at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States for outstanding achievements in the music industry. Considered the highest music honor, the awards were established in 1958. James Fauntleroy has won 4 awards out of 5 nominations.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2014||"Pusher Love Girl" (As a songwriter)||Best R&B Song||Won|
|2015||To Pimp a Butterfly (featured artist)||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2018||"That's What I Like" (As a songwriter)||Song of the Year||Won|
|Best R&B Song||Won|
|"24K Magic" (As a songwriter)||Album of the Year||Won|
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- "G.O.O.D. Music, 'Cruel Summer': Track-By-Track Review". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Drake Releases James Fauntleroy-Assisted, 'Girls Love Beyonce': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
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- ""Born Sinner" f/ James Fauntleroy — 30 Second Reviews: First Impressions of J. Cole's "Born Sinner"". Complex. 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- Baker, Soren (2013-10-08). "Nipsey Hussle "Crenshaw" Release Date, Cover Art, Tracklisting, Stream | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
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- "He Got Soul: James Fauntleroy | Soul Train Awards | Shows". BET. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Listen: Timbaland Teams Up With Drake, Jay Z and James Fauntleroy on "Know Bout Me" | News". Pitchfork. 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2015-08-16.
- Helman, Peter (2013-11-15). "Timbaland – "Know Bout Me" (Feat. Jay Z, Drake & James Fauntleroy)". Stereogum. Retrieved 2015-08-16.
- "Terrace Martin, James Fauntleroy, and Robert Glasper Team for Touching 'No Wrong, No Right' | SPIN | SPIN Mix | Premieres". SPIN. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Grammys 2014: The complete list of nominees and winners". LA Times. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2015-08-16.
- "58th Annual GRAMMY Awards". GRAMMY.com. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
- "James Fauntleroy". GRAMMY.com. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2018-03-13.