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