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