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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 Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    1 song

    Smooth Jazz

    Smooth Jazz
    1 song

    New Smooth Jazz

    New Smooth Jazz
    1 song

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

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