James Roberson
Adjunct Asst. Professor, Ethnomusicology

James Roberson, Grammy-nominated recording artist, record producer, and music industry executive, is the founder and president of JDI Records, the number 1 fastest growing record company in the world (Billboard Magazine). With more than 40 awards/nominations to his credit, including multiple Grammys, Soul Train Awards, Doves, and Stellars, Roberson’s critically-acclaimed debut release “Everybody Dance!” debuted at number 2 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart and as the number 1 “Most Added Song” on R&R/Billboard Radio Chart.

One of the most highly respected inspirational artists in the world, Roberson has produced and recorded more than 30 albums and has worked with many of music’s top icons including Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon, as well as gospel greats Kirk Franklin, Beverly Crawford, Edwin Hawkins, and Norman Hutchins.

A graduate of the Grove School of Music with a specialization in vocal studies, and the Anderson School of Management with a Masters in Business Administration, Professor Roberson has been on the faculty at UCLA since 1997. In addition, he is director of the award-winning UCLA Gospel Choir.

M.B.A. UCLA; B.A. University of Texas at Austin;diploma in vocal performance (Grove School of Music)

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