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

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