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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

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

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