Album Watch: Leela James To Reveal Her Soul With New Effort

Thursday, February 18, 2010

It may be safe to say that Leela James' cover songs journey, Let's Do It Again, was just a warm-up for what the Los Angeles native has up her sleeve for this year.

Back in 2005, Leela gained attention when she put the music industry on blast after declaring, "where'd the soul go?" on her first single, "Music" off of her exceptional debut, A Change Is Gonna Come. As quick as she appeared, Leela dipped out of the spotlight, only to resurface quietly with Let's Do It Again. The album didn't light hearts afire, but maybe in 2010 with a brand-new album of material, Leela may regain interest with her rousing soul growl and music that feels like it was rooted from the raw clay of Southern trials and then brewed in a Mason jar like sweet tea.

Now Leela is keeping up with that raw n' sweet sound on the Stax label (sharing it with the likes of other belters like Teena Marie, N'Dambi, Angie Stone and Nikka Costa) and is ready to shine once more with her third release, My Soul. The album is to be a continuation of what we heard off of Change, with production, once more, by Chucky Thompson, and includes guest stars such as Raheem DeVaughn. The first taste of the new effort comes in the form of laid-back groove of "Tell Me You Love Me" which has a lofty sample of The Manhattans "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" that fits with Leela's vintage approach to music.

Recently, James released the black-n-white visual for her first single, so check after the cut for the newest video, and be on the look-out for My Soul when it arrives just in time for summer when it drops May 25th. 


  1. i am really trying to get into this song.
    i love the manhattans sample, but something about this song...hasn't grabbed me yet.

    i think it could because i saw the video before i heard the song first and i am not a fan of the video at all, but i love me some i support whenever.

  2. *deep breath*

    She got a nose job.


    Especially if you're a singer! Doesn't that affect your singing!?!?!


    This song is lacking and the video...just no. I have her first album. Love it.

  3. yeah, I noticed the nose job a couple months ago.. sh!ts getting ridiculous. but back toher music, never been a huge fan of hers


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