Congratulations to James Strong Jr. on his new alumni award, named for the founder of the Afro-American Arts Institute.
From the IU Newsdesk:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University's African American Arts Institute is honoring James A. Strong Jr. with the Herman C. Hudson Alumni Award.
Strong is an alumnus of IU Bloomington and the IU Soul Revue. He has become a critically acclaimed bassist, musical director and producer, playing for artists such as Toni Braxton, En Vogue, Tupac, MC Smooth, New Edition and LL Cool J.
Strong will be honored at the African American Arts Institute's annual Herman C. Hudson Alumni Award Banquet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Grand Hall, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.
Since his time as a band member in the IU Soul Revue, Strong has recorded, produced and performed for top record companies such as RCA, Warner Bros, Sony, Virgin, Atlantic, Universal, J Records, Jive and Capitol. Strong has played to sold-out crowds at Madison Square Garden, as well as for LL Cool J's Grammy Award-winning performance at New York City's Radio City Music Hall.
"Attending IU and being a part of the IU Soul Revue was a priceless experience," Strong said. "The creative environment under the mentorship of Dr. James E. Mumford inspired me and gave me tools and the confidence I needed to pursue a career in music."
When asked to define success, he said, "I ask myself these few questions: Did I wake up this morning happy? Did I wake up this morning pain free? Did I wake up this morning with the ability to better myself and to help someone else? If my answers are yes, then there is nothing standing in my way from being successful."
Strong will graduate from IU East in May with a degree in business. "Its never too late to finish what you've started," he said.