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Leela James

Like almost all other musicians hit with the neo-soul tag, the primary inspirations of Leela James -- a gritty-voiced singer and songwriter born in Los Angeles, California -- dated no later than the late '70s; Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and Tina Turner were regularly cited. Her debut album, very much a throwback affair, involved assistance from a range of noted studio rats from the fields of rap and R&B, including Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq, James Poyser, Chucky Thompson, and Wyclef Jean. The album, titled A Change Is Gonna Come (a definite reference to Sam Cooke), was released in late 2005 and peaked just outside the Top 40 of Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Despite poor sales, the album fared well enough to earn James nominations for the 2006 Soul Train Music Awards and the same year's NAACP Image Awards. After splitting from Warner Bros., the singer landed on the roster of Shanachie and recorded one of the label's more inspired all-cover sets, Let's Do It Again, released in 2009. The same year, she contributed to "Walk with Me," a highlight on Moby's Wait for Me album. She switched to Stax for 2010's My Soul, which featured some of her own songwriting input and peaked in the R&B/Hip-Hop Top Ten. A return to Shanachie yielded 2012's Loving You More...In the Spirit of Etta James -- a release more adventurous than the title indicated. She switched to J&T for her fifth album, the 2014 release Fall for You. ~ Andy Kellman
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Stations Featuring
Leela James

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    4 songs


    3 songs

Albums by
Leela James

Top Songs by
Leela James

  1.   Song
  2.   Fall For You
  3.   A Change Is Gonna Come
  4.   Set Me Free
  5.   Tell Me You Love Me
  6.   Say That by Anthony Hamilton
  7.   Soul Food
  8.   My Joy
  9.   Music
  10.   Clean Up Woman
  11.   When You Love Somebody
  12.   At Last
  13.   Let It Roll
  14.   Let's Do It Again
  15.   I'd Rather Go Blind
  16.   Old School Kind of Love
  17.   Sunday Kind of Love
  18.   Simply Beautiful
  19.   Save Me
  20.   Do Me Right
  21.   Give It
  22.   Mr. Incredible Ms. Unforgettable
  23.   Say That
  24.   I Try
  25.   Everything
  26.   I'd Rather Be With You
  27.   Supa Luva
  28.   Something's Got a Hold on Me
  29.   Ghetto
  30.   Stay with Me
  31.   The Fact Is
  32.   It's Over
  33.   I Want It All
  34.   Miss You
  35.   Don't Speak
  36.   Rain
  37.   So Good
  38.   Damn Your Eyes
  39.   It Hurts Me So Much
  40.   Soul Will Never Die
  41.   If It's Wrong
  42.   Baby I'm Scared Of You
  43.   Prayer
  44.   Good Time
  45.   Nobody Loves You Like Me
  46.   I'm Loving You More Every Day
  47.   So Cold
  48.   Party All Night
  49.   Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
  50.   I Want To Know What Love Is
  51.   Long Time Coming
  52.   Didn't I
  53.   It's Alright
  54.   Intro
  55.   You Know How To Love Me
  56.   I Ain't New to This
  57.   I Want to Ta-Ta You Baby
  58.   It's A Man's Man's Man's World
  59.   Who's Gonna Love You More
  60.   Mistreating Me
  61.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  62.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  63.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  64.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  65.   Changes Is Gonna Come

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