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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

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

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