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Leela James

Like almost all other musicians hit with the neo-soul and retro-soul tags, the primary inspirations of singer and songwriter Leela James are classic artists who arrived no later than the early '70s. Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and Tina Turner were among the vocalists to whom the gritty-voiced Los Angeles, California native was likened. After James was showcased on an uplifting track off Pete Rock's Soul Survivor II, "No Tears," she made her proper debut on Warner Bros. with a throwback-oriented set titled A Change Is Gonna Come (2005). Featuring a cover of Sam Cooke's song of the same title, as well as one of No Doubt's "Don't Speak," the album involved assistance from major figures including Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq, James Poyser, and Chucky Thompson. It entered the Billboard 200 at number 148 and was followed with an appearance on Ray Charles' posthumous Genius & Friends, as well as nominations for Soul Train Music and 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-covers sets, Let's Do It Again (2009). The same year, she contributed to "Walk with Me," a highlight on Moby's Wait for Me album. The singer switched to Stax for My Soul (2010), which featured some of her own songwriting and peaked in Billboard's R&B/hip-hop Top Ten. A return to Shanachie yielded Loving You More...In the Spirit of Etta James (2012), a release more adventurous than the title indicated. She switched to J&T for her fifth album, Fall for You (2014), home to her three highest-charting Hot Adult R&B tracks, such as the Anthony Hamilton duet "Say That." Around the same time, James began a two-season stint on the reality television series R&B Divas: Los Angeles. Did It for Love (2017), James' BMG-supported sixth album, offered her most refined mix of vintage and contemporary sounds to that point. ~ Andy Kellman
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Stations Featuring
Leela James

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    4 songs


    3 songs

    Smooth Jazz

    Smooth Jazz
    1 song

    New Smooth Jazz

    1 song

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.   Hard for Me
  11.   Take Me
  12.   Save Me
  13.   When You Love Somebody
  14.   This Day Is for You
  15.   Don't Mean a Thang
  16.   Do Me Right
  17.   I Want To Know What Love Is
  18.   Baby I'm Scared Of You
  19.   It's Alright
  20.   So Good
  21.   So Cold
  22.   Miss You
  23.   Mistreating Me
  24.   Good to Love You
  25.   I Remember
  26.   Everything
  27.   Give It
  28.   Who's Gonna Love You More
  29.   Something's Got a Hold on Me
  30.   Soul Will Never Die
  31.   It's Over
  32.   If It's Wrong
  33.   I Try
  34.   Clean Up Woman
  35.   Don't Speak
  36.   Intro
  37.   Our Love
  38.   There 4 U
  39.   All Over Again
  40.   Say That
  41.   Old School Kind of Love
  42.   Damn Your Eyes
  43.   I'd Rather Go Blind
  44.   It Hurts Me So Much
  45.   The Fact Is
  46.   Supa Luva
  47.   Party All Night
  48.   Mr. Incredible Ms. Unforgettable
  49.   You Know How To Love Me
  50.   Simply Beautiful
  51.   Let's Do It Again
  52.   It's A Man's Man's Man's World
  53.   I'd Rather Be With You
  54.   Long Time Coming
  55.   Didn't I
  56.   My Joy
  57.   Rain
  58.   Ghetto
  59.   Good Time
  60.   Did It for Love
  61.   Nobody Loves You Like Me
  62.   I'm Loving You More Every Day
  63.   Let It Roll
  64.   I Want It All
  65.   Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
  66.   Prayer
  67.   Real Talk: Relationships (Interlude)
  68.   Stay with Me
  69.   At Last
  70.   Sunday Kind of Love
  71.   I Want to Ta-Ta You Baby
  72.   I Ain't New to This

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