James Fauntleroy is known for writing catchy pop and R&B hits for Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, and more — including the Grammy-winning hit single “That’s What I Like” from Bruno Mars.
The prolific singer/songwriter tells ABC Audio he’s been talking with Bruno about new music that could likely be for the debut album of Bruno and Anderson .Paak’s R&B supergroup, Silk Sonic.
“I can’t give away too much of the Bruno stuff because it’s an ancient ghetto’s secret. It’s been passed down. I will say I’ve been around,” says Fauntleroy. “I was out there in the beginning. The pandemic kept me on lockdown…not really doing much for the last year, but we’ve definitely been talking. And I’m definitely just really super excited about the project.”
Fauntleroy described Bruno and Anderson as two “blazing examples of artistry” and timeless music. According to a 2018 Twitter photo, Fauntleroy was previously spotted recording vocals in the studio with two other blazing artists, rapper Big Sean and singer/songwriter John Mayer.
“The Big Sean and John Mayer session was so fun and I have no idea when we’re going to hear those songs,” says Fauntleroy. “I haven’t heard them since that night. So when I hear them, I’ll let you guys know what’s going on because I’m on the hunt as well.”
By Rachel George
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