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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

    New R&B First

    New R&B First
    1 song

    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

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

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