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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fall For You

1. Who's Gonna Love You More

2. Say That (Feat. Anthony Hamilton)

3. Give It

4. Do Me Right

5. Set Me Free

6. Everything

7. So Good

8. Stay With Me

9. Fall For You

10. Save Me

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Track List: Loving You More...In The Spirit Of Etta James

1. Soul Will Never Die

2. Something's Got A Hold On Me

3. It Hurts Me So Much

4. I'm Loving You More Every Day

5. I'd Rather Go Blind

6. I Want To Ta-Ta You Baby

7. Damn Your Eyes

8. Nobody Loves You Like Me

9. Old School Kind Of Love

10. Sunday Kind Of Love

11. At Last

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Track List: My Soul

1. I Ain't New To This

2. So Cold

3. The Fact Is

4. I Want It All

5. Party All Night

6. Mr. Incredible / Ms. Unforgettable

7. Tell Me You Love Me

8. Let It Roll

9. Supa Luva

10. If It's Wrong

11. It's Over

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Track List: Let's Do It Again

1. Clean Up Woman

2. Miss You

3. It's A Man's Man's World

4. Baby I'm Scared Of You

5. You Know How To Love Me

6. I Want To Know What Love Is

7. Nobody Wants You When You're Down And Out

8. I Try

9. I'd Rather Be With You

10. Simply Beautiful

11. Let's Do It Again

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Track List: A Change Is Gonna Come

1. Intro

2. Music

3. Good Time

4. Ghetto

5. Slappy Interlude

6. Soul Food

7. Rain

8. Married Interlude

9. When You Love Somebody

10. Mistreating Me

11. Don't Speak

12. Bummy Interlude

13. My Joy

14. It's Alright

15. Didn't I

16. Prayer

17. I Know I've Been Changed

18. A Change Is Gonna Come

19. Long Time Coming

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Track List: Fall For You (Single)

1. Fall For You

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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)

1. Something's Got A Hold On Me

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

1. Tell Me You Love Me

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Very good
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Is this the first time I am hearing this beautiful soul?? This song is making me an instant admirer
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Love this got me through some obstacles in life
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Amazing singer, I love her music. When is going to drop a new alb5
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If Leela James stays true to real soulful melodies and harmonies i bélier she would be a great talent.
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Love it!!!!
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Go girl go great soul
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Real soul music.
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Beautiful Soul!!!
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Love it!!!! Smooth!!
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mikekingston 1 1 1 1
A star
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REAL NICE, smooth & sweet
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!
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Leela reaches way down in her soul to touch our souls. Keep it coming Leela!!
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I love you girl . Keep it up. when are you coming to the bay. SanFran.

Lynn Kuehn
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The first time hear this young lady sing she stole my heart I saw her on MTV I had to stop what I was doing to check her out and been listening to her ever sence
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empearson8
Great performer..s a w her at the House of Blues-Housto n . Like her sound and soulful voice.
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cynthiagroup
Saw Leela once on Baisden After Dark. She was talking about eating soul food and then she began singing with her shoes off and I KNEW with that sound and soul, I wanted to stick with her. Heard her on my birthday in October in Cincinnati. What a joy!
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I just want you to know that you inspire me to sunf there's not alot of soulful singers anymore so you are greatly admired by me love you and God bless
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When you coming to Philly or nearby
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jaydreal
If I had 3 wishes she would be 1.You go girl!!!
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I love this girls music
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paylh4u9
Can't wait to see you in Birmingham, AL
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Love your music don't stop
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Your music goes deep to the soul. Love it.. Don't stop.
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This music makes your soul relax love u girl
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Love her
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Girl your voice is outstanding don't stop doing what you doing
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Girl u r bad I love your music keep blessing us with your lovely voice
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youre wonderful
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U. Bad leela. ....u.bad"
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I could listen to Leela day in & day out
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gregorywashi n g t o n 1
She is the truth
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This music really is deep down soulful.
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trbl013
JUST SICK!!! Plz never stop
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WOW...So soulful and beautiful... P E A C E
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Thank you
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Beyond brilliant, her voice has charm, character and is unsettling. Ms. James is in a league only a few artists can handle. Please don't ever stop giving us (fans) this soul rich music.
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Love you voice!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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Love this woman !! She reminds me of a Female Anthony Hamilton, don't cha' think?! xoxo
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lvance92
God bless you leela
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The most soulful sis since Ms queen of soul Aretha Franklin for real
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This sista is bad...love her
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Thanks leeks James
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keep soul alive.Leela
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Music connect me to you songbird harmony of love dance in my ear grab my attention as whisper soft melody through the room.
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I love Leela James and her music. You are s baaad sister.
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Love this song.
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nassorkondo
Man, what a powerful Sista, what a powerful voice! She is so unique!
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Thanks leela j sooo good,,,
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