Kamal Gray Composer

James "Kamal" Gray is the keyboardist with American hip hop group The Roots. He is from Philadelphia and has relatives in North Carolina. He joined the band as Scott Storch's replacement in 1995, while he was still in high school. He wrote the popular Roots' tracks "The Next Movement", "Sacrifice", and "Section". His stage name "Kamal" comes from the saying "Come one, come all.

Personal details

United States of America

Musical acts

1.The Roots Soul music, Alternative rock, Jazz, Funk, Rock music, Neo soul, Jazz rap, Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

1994 -

The Roots are an American hip hop/neo soul band, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The Roots are known for a jazzy and eclectic approach to hip-hop featuring live musical instruments. Malik B., Leonard "Hub" Hubbard, and Josh Abrams were added to the band. Since its first independent album-length release the band has released 10 studio albums, two EPs, two collaboration albums, and also collaborated on recordings and in live shows with a wide variety of artists in many musical genres. The Roots served as the house band on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014, and in the same role on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since 2014. The Roots' work has been consistently met with critical acclaim. About.com ranked the band #7 on its list of the 25 Best Hip-Hop Groups of All-Time, calling them "Hip-hop's first legitimate band.

Member history

Member Role Start End
Vocals 1987
Vocals 1987 2001
Drums 1987
Bass 1992 August 31st, 2007
Josh Abrams
Bass 1992 1992
Keyboard 1993 1995
Electronic keyboard 1994
Vocals 1995 2001
Vocals 1995 1999
Vocals 1998 2003
Bass, Guitar 2000 2003
Frank Knuckles" Walker"
Percussion 2002
Electric guitar 2002
Bass September, 2007 August, 2011
Mark Kelley
Bass 2011


Album title Released Type
Organix 1993 Studio album
Do You Want More?!!!??! 1995 Studio album
Illadelph Halflife 1996 Studio album
Things Fall Apart 1999 Studio album
Phrenology 2002 Studio album
The Tipping Point 2004 Studio album
Game Theory 2006 Studio album
Rising Down 2008 Studio album
How I Got Over 2010 Studio album
Wake Up! 2010 Studio album
Betty Wright: The Movie 2011 Studio album
undun 2011 Studio album
& Then You Shoot Your Cousin 2013 Studio album

Regular TV appearances

1. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Comedy, Music, Talk-Show
Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Languages Regular cast
March 2nd, 2009 February 7th, 2014 7 English

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