James 'PJ' Spraggins

James 'PJ' Spraggins

 Birmingham, Alabama, USA
SoloJazzGospel

The music of James 'PJ' Spraggins inspires the human spirit.

Biography

James Spraggins II, affectionately known as PJ, is a drummer, composer and producer. PJ developed a love for music at an early age in the church while growing up in Bessemer, Alabama. He received a music scholarship to Alabama State University where he participated in five different music ensembles. During his musical career as a professional drummer PJ has performed with some of the greatest musicians & entertainers all over the world like Stevie Wonder, Roy Ayers, Martha Reeves, Randy Owen (from country group Alabama), jazz saxophonists Kirk Whalum & Kelley Oneal, Marcus Miller, Peabo Bryson, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Alex Bugnon, jazz guitarist Eric Essix, Frank McComb, Byron Cage, Dorenda Clark, Kurt Carr, & vocalist extraordinaire Tracy Hamlin (formerly of Pieces of A Dream) to name a few. In 2009 PJ did his first artist collaboration with Tracy Hamlin and co-wrote the title track of her second CD, "Better Days", which went on to reach the top of the R&B; charts in the UK later that year.
In 2006 PJ released his self-produced debut jazz CD 'The Light of Day'. In his words, "The Light of Day" is a refreshingly uplifting collection of songs written from a drummer's perspective." The Light of Day has received international acclaim since its release and was featured on The Weather Channel for most of 2007. In 2012 PJ released his sophomore project titled Pure Logic. Pure Logic is his most progressive effort yet with artist collaborations representing several different genres and a musical appearance by legendary jazz saxophonist, Gerald Albright, playing bass guitar on the foot-stomping track ‘Grandma’s Groove’ dedicated to the memory of PJ’s late grandmother. PJ continues to gain experience in the world of music by collaborating with artists by way of writing and production. PJ's most recent collaboration with flutist Kim Scott has proven to be a success producing fan-favorite tracks like "Block Party" & "Sweet Obsession". PJ believes that music is powerful and he'll continue to make music that inspires people.

Discography

James PJ Spraggins---(Pure Logic) Executive Producer

James PJ Spraggins ---(The Light of Day), drums, keys, programming

Eric Essix-----(Abide With Me), drums

Hart Ramsey----(Charge it To My Heart), drums

It's All About Him Ministries----(Come Let Us Adore Him), drums, drum programming

William Green----(Green Valley), drums

CeCe Phillips----(Long Time Coming), Writing, production

Eric Essix---(Somewhere in Alabama DVD), drums

Tekneek----(JoyRide), drums, writing, programming

Gary Harris-----(Here For You), writing, production

Tracy Hamlin---(Better Days) Wrote music for title track, drums

Eric Essix----(Eric Essix) Drums

Kim Scott----(Rite of Passage) Drums, wrote & produced "Block Party" & "Treetops", co-wrote "Sweet Obsession".