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