James Tillman

Michael Rowe

Tillman counts the likes of Marvin Gaye and Maxwell among his musical icons.

Yolanda Sangweni
Apr, 15, 2013

ESSENCE.com's "New and Next" column spotlights the brightest new talents we think you should know. This week we meet James Tillman, a soulful singer and songwriter.


Soulful crooner James Tillman makes the kind of love "songs that people can relate to outside a party setting." It's no wonder the Washingon DC-bred, New York City-based singer cites the likes of Marvin Gaye and Maxwell among his musical icons.

"You don't want to go home and listen to something that you don't really connect to, he adds"

Tillman is currently working on his debut EP. Watch him perform "And Then" and let us know what you think.