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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

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

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