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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. 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. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Track List: I'm Loving You More Everyday

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Comments

Sa.m is turning in his grave, as we speak
There's NO ONE WHO SINGS IT BETTER..LUV THIS SONG.... LUV YA LEELA
Underrated and Unsung all at the same time! Give this girl, this woman, this soulful artist some serious air time! Take some of that other crap off the stations! Why I luv luv Pandora; we get to choose what we like and filter out the garbage! Will be stocking up on Leela James music.
Makes me want to sway and close my eyes. Soulful sound.
I love her voice. it really is soulful. keep rockin!!!!
misstmon
the best
I wasn't certain if it was her mouth , throat .. Or heart making that amazing sound !
I love her soulful voice and just introduced to her music.
What a collaboratio n two soulful voices!!
sangin'
starkslana5
I heard "Clean Up Woman" in a movie, watched for the credits which roll so fast at the end and Bam!!! Leela James, we are so lucky aren't we to have such a cool voice to listen to! I would definitely attend a concert!
I really love her so much
Soulful voice..
I love her voice her style I love a women that have real hair well just a plain on natural women go head leela James!!
luv her voice
♥ Leela James!!!
ladueck
Wow
beautiful...
WHEN YOU LOVE SOMEBODY oh LORD just listen to the words to this song, so true it's deadly
I'm 12 and I love leela James
Angelic
Puts joss stone to shame!!!
She's beautiful as her voice is.
Yes she is alot of soul ok ive been listening to her for 8yrs.
Leela James is so underated! The girl is such an amazing artist
Awesome voice! Stopped me cold.
optionsforal l
Wow! What a beautiful voice that comes from the heart!
Excellent saw Essence Fest 2013 in New Orleans
She's got it...
STOPED ME
Wow great version ...impressiv e . I'll have to look into her!
megan0572
She's a ball of energy and sounds just like this live!!
Leela is DELUXE! Can someone please tell me - was Leela the actress/sing e r in Soul Men? (Bernie Mac & Sammy) - or was it voiceover?
she is amazing!
It is not often I hear a remake and like it as much or better than the original but she does an incredibly soulful rendition of a change is gonna come...love it!
I'm in love...
OMG ! What a great song, A Change Is Coming Fantastic voice, soul just drips off love it love it love it
New to me. Love her!!!
mrodriguez66 3
This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
NICE!!!!
kenny19641
I found an artist to follow--I'm feeling this...
This is Real Music. I can feel every word she sings. Leela is a true gem.
Her style is so unique :)
Reminds me of another James, named Etta. Very nice.
Love her voice
smooth great voice and her words some reflect on my life....LOVE MUSIC....... . . . G O D BLESS for bringing MUSIC TO OUR SOUL ;)
moiratan
Wow; what a voice.
keyoniej
refreshing. we need more sounds like this!
she ok
robisp
great singer
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