BJ the Chicago Kid, from the Brainerd neighborhood, is nominated for the GRAMMYs for his collaboration on the Sam Cooke classic

CHICAGO (CBS) — BJ the Chicago Kid, from the South Side’s Brainerd neighborhood, is up for a GRAMMY Sunday for collaborating with PJ Morton, Kenyon Dixon and Charlie Bereal on a cover of a Sam Cooke classic.

Their rendition of “Bring It on Home to Me” is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance.

As Entertainment Tonight noted last year, the rendition of Cooke’s 1962 hit was accompanied by a video inspired by Leslie Odom Jr’s portrayal of Cooke in the movie “One Night in Miami.”

“It happened very quickly and organically, actually,” Morton told Entertainment Tonight in April last year. “BJ asked me to come into the studio to record this duet of ‘Bring It On Home to Me’ by Sam Cooke for a project he was working on. After listening, we both felt that a third harmony could be nice. We both had the same idea that Kenyon Dixon would be fine. Right after that, news of Leslie Odom Jr.’s Oscar nomination for his performance as Sam Cooke in ‘One night in Miami’ came out of. So I hit up BJ and asked him what he thought about us releasing him now, as a tribute to Sam Cooke of course, but also to show Leslie and the movie some love because we we all loved.”

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BJ the Chicago Kid, real name Bryan James Sledge, was the youngest of three boys. His parents were both choir directors and he grew up singing in church – but his father also exposed him to secular musical inspiration, according to his Motown biography.

He wrote his first song as a teenager and collaborated with artists including Vic Mensa, Chance The Rapper, Dom Kennedy, Freddie Gills, Ty Dolla, $ign and Xzibit, according to his biography.

This is BJ the Chicago Kid’s seventh GRAMMY nomination.


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