ljLeela James is a singer/songwriter

photo_02cLike 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.

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leela-james-450pk052810After 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

Leela James – Say That ft. Anthony Hamilton

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