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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, Rovi
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Track List: I'm Loving You More Everyday

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Track List: Say That (Single)

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Track List: Something's Got A Hold On Me (Single)

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Track List: Tell Me You Love Me (Radio Single)

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Prayer....th i s song couldn't come at a better time. Love Leela!!!
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I love Leela's rendition.
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I love this song and I love her hair. i want an afro like THAT!
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Love me some Ms. Leela "Baby Etta" James. I got an opportunity to hear her and take photos with her in Boston 3/19/15
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Super. Lyrics sensational
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I LOVE This SONG
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Saw her in concert. she was awesome
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I stopped everything she I heard her voice hands down best find foe a female singer I found on Pandora bar none. A true diamond in the rough
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Leela James love her voice!!!
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Love the soul in this sistah !
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U do Otis proud.
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alfred.valle j o s 2 5
Yes my people
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Stopped me in my tracks.who is that? Have all her CDs
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❤ niiice ��❤
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Smmmooooth.
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I love this woman's voice and her delivery...s h e makes you want to scream YES, SING CHILD....JUS T WONDERFUL
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Karrenmorris o n 5 3 @ g m a i l . c o m / the best in the west.good good
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Just a Beautiful voice! Love all of your songs!!
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Love, love, love her... Such an AMAZING voice! !!
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sakitamcdona l d
I love me some Leela James.
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alicia.spell
Love fall for you....beaut i f u l voice
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Love it
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miguelcontre r a s 1 0
A Change is Gonna Come..one of my faves, and she nails it!
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Solid Soul��
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Love the words and voice great!!!
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I believe!!
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❤️
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I love the soul and raspiness of her voice!! The first time I heard if her was with gospel
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I first heard of her by my aunt I love her soulful voice soulful sound I also can listen to her all day I wonder will she ever come to atlanta to perform
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Yes need WAY more singers like leela James
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Leela James is a very unique soulful sister that carries her own style when she lays down a track but manages to speak true words of love relationship s (good & bad) in her music, and I can listen to her All day:-)
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shaiownlife
I wish you got more likes Ms.Leela James I love this I go on Pandora everyday and see if this song is on.
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It's been a long, long time coming, but I know, a change is gonna come.
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bigbizness.l c
Leela, God gifted your voice, So PLEASE use it to Glorify HIM. It's a good, fresh and true sound. GO WITH JESUS CHRIST LEELA. :-)
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That's rite...
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Love.
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She stays true to her sound, love it!!
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Awesome voice
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This CD is Everything, every song is good.... Leela you did that!
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babykbedatpi m p
Mmmmm... I love the groove.
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U r doing your thang!!!!! That's all that matters 5 stars in my book!!!!!!
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Leela never change, you are truly genuine!!!
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Why are the words that are featured on some songs not correct? Can this please be handled? I'd like to see words that actually belong to their related songs.
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Say That by Leela James & Anthony Hamilton.... d a m n . . . . g o t me groovin
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Me, Leela James and a glass of wine is right on time.......
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Her voice is 1 of a kind!!!...#V e r y S t r o n g A n d S o u l f u l
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I absolutely LOVE Leela!!!!
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EXCELLENT, smooth, vocals that could melt the hardest heart and leave one feeling quite humble.
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Simply beautiful Music, heartfelt
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A change is gonna come is a standard because of it's power. A make or break song to cover. She smashed it out of the zip code! I felt the pain, the hope, the promise. This woman is for real!
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