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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

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

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