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Leela James

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Like almost all other musicians hit with the neo-soul and retro-soul tags, the primary inspirations of singer and songwriter Leela James are classic artists who arrived no later than the early '70s. Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and Tina Turner were among the vocalists to whom the gritty-voiced Los Angeles, California native was likened. After James was showcased on an uplifting track off Pete Rock's Soul Survivor II, "No Tears," she made her proper debut on Warner Bros. with a throwback-oriented set titled A Change Is Gonna Come (2005). Featuring a cover of Sam Cooke's song of the same title, as well as one of No Doubt's "Don't Speak," the album involved assistance from major figures including Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq, James Poyser, and Chucky Thompson. It entered the Billboard 200 at number 148 and was followed with an appearance on Ray Charles' posthumous Genius & Friends, as well as nominations for Soul Train Music and 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-covers sets, Let's Do It Again (2009). The same year, she contributed to "Walk with Me," a highlight on Moby's Wait for Me album. The singer switched to Stax for My Soul (2010), which featured some of her own songwriting and peaked in Billboard's R&B/hip-hop Top Ten. A return to Shanachie yielded Loving You More...In the Spirit of Etta James (2012), a release more adventurous than the title indicated. She switched to J&T for her fifth album, Fall for You (2014), home to her three highest-charting Hot Adult R&B tracks, such as the Anthony Hamilton duet "Say That." Around the same time, James began a two-season stint on the reality television series R&B Divas: Los Angeles. Did It for Love (2017), James' BMG-supported sixth album, offered her most refined mix of vintage and contemporary sounds to that point. ~ Andy Kellman
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   Don't Want You Back
  3.   Fall for You
  4.   A Change Is Gonna Come
  5.   Tell Me You Love Me
  6.   Set Me Free
  7.   Soul Food
  8.   Say That
  9.   Stay with Me
  10.   Save Me
  11.   Music
  12.   This Day Is for You
  13.   I'm Loving You More Every Day
  14.   Something's Got a Hold on Me
  15.   Let It Roll
  16.   My Joy
  17.   Ghetto
  18.   Take Me
  19.   Good to Love You
  20.   All Over Again
  21.   So Good
  22.   I'd Rather Go Blind
  23.   Mr. Incredible Ms. Unforgettable
  24.   I'd Rather Be With You
  25.   Intro
  26.   There 4 U
  27.   Everything
  28.   Do Me Right
  29.   Who's Gonna Love You More
  30.   At Last
  31.   Sunday Kind of Love
  32.   Nobody Loves You Like Me
  33.   The Fact Is
  34.   Party All Night
  35.   It's Over
  36.   You Know How To Love Me
  37.   It's A Man's Man's Man's World
  38.   I Want To Know What Love Is
  39.   I Try
  40.   Baby I'm Scared Of You
  41.   Long Time Coming
  42.   Didn't I
  43.   It's Alright
  44.   Don't Speak
  45.   When You Love Somebody
  46.   Good Time
  47.   Let's Do It Again
  48.   Rain
  49.   I Wanna Ta-Ta You Baby
  50.   Did It for Love
  51.   Our Love
  52.   Real Talk: Relationships (Interlude)
  53.   I Remember
  54.   Hard for Me
  55.   Give It
  56.   Mistreating Me
  57.   Prayer
  58.   Clean Up Woman
  59.   Miss You
  60.   Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
  61.   Simply Beautiful
  62.   I Ain't New to This
  63.   I Want It All
  64.   If It's Wrong
  65.   So Cold
  66.   Supa Luva
  67.   Soul Will Never Die
  68.   It Hurts Me So Much
  69.   I Want to Ta-Ta You Baby
  70.   Damn Your Eyes
  71.   Old School Kind of Love
  72.   Don't Mean a Thang
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