R&B singer J. Holiday has been arrested for marijuana possession in Maryland after police pulled him over for driving way too fast. The “Bed” singer - real name Nahum Grymes - was spotted in Salisbury "driving in tandem" with another vehicle "at a high rate of speed" on Thursday (Feb 21.) night. When officers approached Grymes' car, they noticed a strong smell of marijuana and a search of the vehicle turned up a nominal amount of the drug, explained Sergeant Frank Russo. The star and his passenger, George Jackson, were both arrested on charges of drug possession. The driver of the other car, Rolland Wesley, was also arrested on various traffic counts, but does not face any drug-related charges. In Other J. Holiday news, the singer is set to kick off his US tour today at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL. As Singersroom recently reported, Holiday and Trey Songz will co-headline the national spring run. J Holiday gained national attention for his hit song “Bed,” while he recently re-re-released ‘Back Of My Lac’ as a Deluxe Edition with new songs and videos.
NEW YORK, July 23 - The buzz on the street is solid and building for J. Holiday, the newest signing to the Music Line Group/Capitol Records roster, whose new single "Bed" is picking up true believers at Urban radio formats everywhere, setting the scene for the October 2nd release of J's hotly anticipated debut album, BACK OF MY 'LAC. "Bed" (written by The Dream and produced by Carlos McKinney) was #1 Most-Added at Mediabase Urban and #2 Most-Added at BDS Urban last week, gathering top spins across the U.S., from J's hometown of Washington, DC, to New York, Atlanta (#1 phones and #1 ranked at WVEE), Detroit, Chicago, and beyond. After being added to the AOL Radio stream a couple of weeks ago, "Bed" became the highest-testing new Urban song, with a user rating average of 9.3 to 9.7 out of 10. "I will say one thing," confirmed the Music Editor at Concreteloop.com, "he has people talking with this song." One listen to "Bed" is all it takes to get right to the heart of the musical world occupied by 22-year-old singer/songwriter J. Holiday. A classic rhythm and blues storyteller in the tradition of Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, and Al Green -- the foundations of J's soul when he was a teenager in DC -- he was also caught up in the hip-hop rhymes of Jay-Z and OutKast. Add to that his fascination with '90s R&B vocal groups Boyz II Men, H-Town, and Jodeci, and a portrait emerges of the artist as a young man. J's musical craft was tempered by life on the mean streets as a preachers' son, raised up in the church by a hardworking mother. "I can say that I've lived that street life," he testifies of his time growing up in DC. "The streets are not anything to glamorize. I'm trying to let my people back home know that I'm with them. DC has a lot of talent and I'm just trying to show people that we are here." A giant step came J's way when he hooked up with Corey Green and A&R veteran Anthony "T.A." Tate of Music Line Group (Ciara, Teairra Marie) which led straight to a deal at the Capitol Tower in Holly wood. J's talents as a singer and songwriter and the autobiographic flav of his tunes found sympathetic support from the album's producers, who include hitmaker Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins, Carlos 'L.O.S.' McKinney (Faith, Chris Brown, Whitney Houston, Usher), and Music Line's Ciara and Teairra Mari. "You just have to stay true to yourself," J. says of his journey. "There are a lot of different stories out here and people just need to listen to them."
Capitol Records new rising star J. Holiday, whose debut album ‘Bac Of My Lac’ is already certified gold, will re-release the much-praised disc as a deluxe edition. The revamped package will boast three new songs, with "Sooner You Get To Love" as the lead, all three J. Holiday videos, and special behind-the-scenes material. J. Holiday’s road to success began last summer with the release of the smash single, “Bed,” which marked his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It was also a No. 5 entry on Billboard’s Hot 100 national singles chart. Extending the ‘Holiday’ season right into 2008, the album’s second single and video “Suffocate” has burned through the Urban airplay Top 10 in the opening weeks of January to the No. 2 position. The video is also the most-played on BET this week. In recognition of his breakthrough year, J. Holiday is nominated as Outstanding New Artist in the 39th NAACP Image Awards, to be televised LIVE on February 14th, on the Fox network.