James Poyser, born January 30, in Sheffield, England is a multi-Grammy winning songwriter, musician and multi-platinum producer. Poyser has written and produced songs for various legendary and award-winning artists including Erykah Badu, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Lauryn Hill, Common, Anthony Hamilton, D'Angelo, The Roots, and Keyshia Cole. During his career, Poyser has toured, and played live with such distinctive artists as Jay-Z, The Roots, Erykah Badu, and Aretha Franklin. An active session musician, he has contributed to the works of Adele, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, Joss Stone, Ziggy Marley, Macy Gray and Femi Kuti. Poyser received a Grammy for Best R&B Song in 2003 for co-writing Erykah Badu and Common's hit "Love Of My Life." James was also the executive producer on Badu's highly celebrated albums, Mama's Gun and Worldwide Underground. A longtime collaborator and member of The Roots, James has joined them on stage, performing live as the houseband for NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.


Jill Scott - Woman

Co-Writer: "Beautiful Love"

Anthony Hamilton - Amen


Mack Wilds - 90z Love


Stacy Barthe - Becoming


BGCP3TV starring Blake Griffin and Chris Paul

Music Composer

Elijah Blake - Drift

Co-Producer/Co-Writer: "Wiked", "6"

Elijah Blake - Shadows and Diamonds

Co-Producer/Co-Writer: "Pinot", “Armegeddon"

Common - Nobodys Smiling

Co-Producer/Co-Writer: “Kingdom”, “Blacq Magic”, “Rewind Dat”

Jhene Aiko - Souled Out

Co-Producer/Co-Writer: "Pretty Bird"

Black Violin - Sterotypes

Producer/Writer: "Invisible"

Nina Simone Tribute Album

Keyboards: "My Baby Just Cares for Me"

Nas: Life is Good


Rihanna - Unapologetic

Co-Producer/Writer/Keyboards: "No Love Allowed"

Big Sean: Hall of Fame

Co-Producer/Writer: "Sierra Leone", Writer/Keyboards: "First Chain", "All Figured Out", and "Control"

Erykah Badu: New Amerykah Part 1

Writer/Producer "Master Teacher" and "Telephone"

Erykah Badu: New Amerykah Part 2

Writer/Producer "Window Seat" and "Out My Mind, Just in Time"

Erykah Badu: Baduizm

Writer/Producer (Otherside of the Game, Sometimes (Mix #9), Afro (Free Style Skit)), RIAA: Certified 3X Platinum, Grammy Award: Best R&B Album, Grammy Award: Best Female Vocal Performance

Erykah Badu: Mama's Gun

Executive Producer/Writer ("Penitentary Philosophy", "My Life", "Cleva", "Kiss Me on My Neck", "Green Eyes", RIAA: Certified Platinum, Rolling Stone Top 10 Album of 2002

Erykah Badu: World Wide Underground

Executive Producer/Writer ("World Keeps Turnin'", "Bump It", "Back in the Day", "I Want You", "Danger", "Love of My Life World Wide"), RIAA: Certified Gold

Adele: 21

Musician, RIAA: Certified 8X Platinum, Six Grammys

Lauryn Hill: Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Writer/Producer/Musician, RIAA: Certified 8 Million, 5 Grammys

Brown Sugar: Sound Track

Writer/Producer, "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)", Grammy Best R&B Song in 2003

Mariah Carey: Emancipation of Mimi

Writer/Producer "Mine Again", RIAA: 5 Million Sold, Grammy (Best R&B Album, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B song for "We Belong Together")

Mariah Carey: E=MC2

Writer/Producer "I Wish You Well", RIAA: Cerified 2X Platinum

D’Angelo: Voodoo

WriterProducer "Chicken Grease", RIAA: Certified 2X Platinum, 2 Grammys: Best R&B Album, Best R&B Vocal Performance

Bilal: 1st Born Second

Writer/Producer: "Sometimes"

Anthony Hamilton: Coming Where I'm From

Writer/Producer: "Cornbread Fish and Collard Greens" and "I Tried", RIAA: Certified Platinum

Anthony Hamilton: Back to Love

Writer/Producer "Live has A Way"

Al Green: Lay It Down

Executive Co-Producer/Writer, 2 Grammys: Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Performance by a duo or group with vocals

Corinne Bailey Rae: The Sea

Writer/Producer "The Blackest Lily"

Norah Jones: The Fall

Musician, RIAA: Certified Platinum

John Legend: Wake Up

Executive Co-Producer/Writer, 3X Grammy Winner: Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song "Shine", Best Vocal Performance "Hang in There"

The Roots: Undun

Producer: "The Other Side"

The Roots: Things Fall Apart


Common: Be

"Be": Writer/Producer, "Love is": All Instruments, "Faithful" -Musician, "Its your World Part 1 and 2": Writer/Producer, RIAA: Certified Gold

Common: Electric Circus

Executive Co-Producer/Writer

Common: Like Water for Chocolate

Executive Co-Producer/Writer, RIAA: Certified Gold

Jill Scott: Who is Jill Scott

Writer/Producer: "Try", "Exclusively", RIAA Certified: 2 Million

Jill Scott: Beautifully Human

Writer/Producer: "Talk to Me", "Cant Explain", RIAA: Gold

Citizen Cope: The Clarence Greenwood Project


Ziggy Marley: Wild and Free


Amy Winehouse: Lioness - Hidden Treasures


Musiq Soulchild: Aijuswanaseing

Writer/Producer: "You'll Be Alright"

Soundtrack: Fame (2009)

Writer/Producer: "Can't hide From Love" and "Get on the Floor"

TV Show: Hawthorne

Theme Song Composer

Dave Chapelle: Block Party


Movie: Totally Awesome


Roy Hargrove: RH Factor


Eric Clapton: Clapton


Common: The Dreamer/The Believer


Tye Tribbett: Life

Executive Producer

Mariah Carey: E=MC²

Writer/Producer: "I Wish You Well"

Nikka Costa: Pebble to a Pearl


Nikka Costa: Everybody Got Their Something


Jay Z: Fade To Black Movie


Derrick Hodge: Live Today


Marvin Sapp: Be Exalted

Writer/Producer: "That Name" and "Everything I am"

Estelle - All of Me

Writer/Producer: "Wonderful Life"