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

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