IU Soul Revue

James Strong, Director

James Strong is an accomplished musician, producer, musical director, songwriter, and bassist. Throughout his 30+ years in the entertainment industry, he has worked with prominent artists and entertainers, including LL Cool J, Toni Braxton, and Tupac.

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Performance Resume

IU Soul Revue has opened for renowned artists including:

  • Bootsy Collins
  • James Brown
  • The Emotions
  • Con Funk Shun
  • Booker T. Jones

Notable Alumni

  • Crystal Taliefero, multi-instrumentalist with Billy Joel
  • Kevon Edmonds and Keith Mitchell of the group After 7
  • Isaiah Sanders, former keyboardist with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson
  • Donna Taylor, backup singer with Burt Bacharach
Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds speaks to students at IU

The talent was amazing. It’s cool to see young kids doing R&B music…I was very impressed. I thought I was going to be impressed, but I was more impressed than I’d imagined.

Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, award-winning singer/songwriter/music producer, recipient of honorary doctoral degree from Indiana University