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Leela James

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  • Born: Los Angeles, CA
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: leelajames.com
  • Recent Activity: 04.27.17 RT @Zahirrah1: I'm no @LeelaJames but I love her โค๏ธ #NewSongAlert ๐Ÿšจ "Our Love" https://t.co/ZoznuBL4s3
  • Leela James


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

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.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
04.27.17 Minglewood Hall Memphis, TN US
04.28.17 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL US
04.29.17 Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Tuscaloosa, AL US
04.30.17 House of Blues Dallas Dallas, TX US
05.03.17 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA US
05.04.17 The Regent Theater Los Angeles, CA US
05.05.17 Crest Theatre Sacramento, CA US
05.06.17 Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco, CA US
05.07.17 House of Blues Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV US
05.26.17 Red Hat Amphitheater Raleigh, NC US


  • 04.27.17 RT @Zahirrah1: I'm no @LeelaJames but I love her โค๏ธ #NewSongAlert ๐Ÿšจ "Our Love" https://t.co/ZoznuBL4s3
  • 04.27.17 Thank you Nashville for a spectacular night!! Until we can do it again! #undeniabletour #diditforlove
  • 04.27.17 RT @LindolaYou: Did It For Love+some good lemonade and my game๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ @LeelaJames This album go hard!!!
  • 04.27.17 RT @MrBerry2u: Thanks @LeelaJames for all the superb soul that u poured n2 the #DidItForLove album! Can't stop๐Ÿ‘‚to it! #NewMusic ๐Ÿ‘ https://โ€ฆ
  • 04.27.17 RT @Hoops1Larry: @LeelaJames Awesome show in Nashville-best singer in world today! God bless you & your family!!
  • 04.26.17 RT @mandyrcopp: Can't wait to see this soul queen tonight!!! ๐Ÿ‘‘๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ @LeelaJames https://t.co/1y1UWxQ0jL
  • 04.26.17 RT @Dal_mimo413: @LeelaJames Hey, How bout you come thru DC again. #UNDENIABLYTHE BEST
  • 04.26.17 RT @NolandLee1: @LeelaJames Coming From Florida To See You In Mobile...I Know It Will Be A Great Show!!!
  • 04.26.17 RT @HazeFM: #NP @leelajames hard for me #LISTEN @ https://t.co/1IANNHmKVP
  • 04.26.17 First thing off the bus into Nashville, I went straight to 92.Q radio station for a meet andโ€ฆ https://t.co/Dr6I76usCJ
  • 04.26.17 RT @simplyladydee: Just found out that @LeelaJames is performing in Sacramento on May 5! #winning https://t.co/Tefx1NL1aS
  • 04.26.17 https://t.co/p5HdcVe4k4 via @youtube