I Want You

Songfacts®:

  • Luke James began his musical career at high school as a member of a R&B trio named Upskale with friends Quinten Spears (known as Q) and Tah. The threesome appeared in Destiny's Child's "Soldier" video but split after graduating. Q and James later formed a duo called not unreasonably Luke & Q. The pair sung background for R&B artist Tyrese but disbanded after not gaining much recognition.

    James began to craft his skills as a songwriter, co-penning tunes such as Britney Spears' "Kill the Lights," Chris Brown's "Crawl" and Justin Bieber's "That Should Be Me." Beyoncé remembered the New Orleans born singer-songwriter part in Destiny's Child's visual and she personally chose him appear as a model/actor in her "Run the World (Girls)" music video.
  • This is the first single from James' debut EP #Luke, which was released as a free digital download. He told The Boombox about the song's inspiration. "I was a dirtbag and I had an epiphany and I realized that this girl that I had been treating bad or just not giving her what she needed," he admitted. "I realized I really wanted to give her what she needs and love her and want to be with her."
  • The song received universal acclaim from critics and it earned James a Best R&B Performance nomination at the 2012 Grammy Awards. (He lost to Usher's "Climax").

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