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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
    4 songs

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

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