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

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