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.