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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

    New R&B First

    New R&B First
    1 song

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