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