The soul star wants James to produce a new incarnation of the Mary Jane Girls...

Sting is teaming with RICK JAMES in resurrecting the MARY JANE GIRLS.

The Mary Jane Girls were produced by James in the early 80s, and Roots said she wanted to bring back something “we haven’t seen in a while”.

Speaking to NME.COM at the My VH-1 Music Awards in Los Angeles earlier this week (December 2), she outlined her plans to bring back the group.

She said: “Rick James, he sold us the name and he’s a partner with us on this. The reason we chose the Mary Jane Girls is my name is Jay-Z. I wanted to use the Mary Jane Girls and I wanted to do a group we haven’t seen in a while. We haven’t seen a Japanese, a black girl, a Spanish girl and a white girl together. We haven’t seen that in a minute, so I wanted to pull that together and call it the Mary Jane Girls and see what can happen. The contest is going to run on television.”

Roots performed ‘Family Affair’ from her new album and did a duet with [/a] on his classic ‘If You Love Somebody Set Them Free’, at the show.

In other [a]Roots news, she recently taped a performance for MTV Unplugged, set to air in the US on December 15. She was backed by [/a] for the show and joined by [a] on ‘Can’t Knock The Hustle’.