Leela James

NJPAC presents Chaka Khan and Leela James On Saturday

(NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center presents Chaka Khan - the reigning Queen of funk, soul, and R&B—and ten-time GRAMMY® winner with special guest Leela James on Saturday, November 6 at 8:00pm. Chaka Khan will be performing all of her hits including “Feel for You,” “Through the Fire,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nobody” and more.
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Leela James: ‘The Goddaughter of Soul’ earns her rightful spot atop the charts

It’s August 2021 and Leela James is sitting comfortably at the third spot on Billboard and Media Base’s top 10 airplay R&B charts. Her soul-stirring single, “Complicated,” has maintained a hold on said charts since mid-summer and with an almost certain No. 1 position in her near future, it’s a moment worthy of a bottle of Cristal. A round of bottle poppin’ may be in her sights, but it’s hardly time to lose focus for a night of pleasure. Having braved the pandemic and then recording perhaps her most complete project yet, James has cities to please and crowds to engage. In fact, as she preps for the release of her seventh studio album, See Me, the immensely talented vocalist still has something to prove.
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Leela James powerhouse R&B soul singer and songwriter

Leela James, powerhouse R&B soul singer and songwriter, is releasing her seventh studio album, "See Me". She has earned her title as the "God-Daughter of soul." Leela James joins us today to talk about her new album and her journey in the music industry.

Leela James Is Ready for Her Spotlight

The centerpiece of Leela James’ new album, See Me, is the title track, an arrestingly forlorn piano ballad built with snapping fingers and rich, Jam & Lewis-style chords — think of their work on New Edition’s “Boys to Men.” That 1988 cut was a plea for understanding from a group of child stars as they hit maturity. James’ “See Me” is a plea for understanding from a music business that has always given R&B singers, especially women, short shrift. “I am somebody just like the rest,” James sings. “But you look right through me even when I give my best/What...

First Listen: Leela James delivers a cool 90s vibe on "You're The One"

(July 16, 2021) There's no question that singer supreme Leela James has a voice for the ages. And the age she decides to go for on her newest single, "You're The One," is the 90s. Another preview to her upcoming album Complicated, "You're the One" is unapologetically old school, with...

First Look: Leela James says to "Put It On Me"

Leela had a hit earlier this year with "Complicated," and now she returns with producer-supreme Rex Rideout for another sassy gem. "Put It On Me" is the tale of a woman who ignored all the signs and went for love with the wrong man, and now is fessing up:. Take...

Leela James, with Anthony David & Avery Sunshine, in Concert at Arena Theatre

American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, Leela James, headlines a show with R&B artists Anthony David and Avery Sunshine at Arena Theatre. This show was originally scheduled on Friday, March 27, 2020. How to Get Vaccinated & Safely Lose the Mask. With the CDC’s announcement that most fully vaccinated people can...

UNSUNG w/ Morris Day, Leela James, Hezekiah Walker, Mystikal, Syleena Johnson, Bobby V, Lyfe Jennings on TV One – Sun. March 21 at 9/8C

TV One announced all-new episodes of its original, award-winning series UNSUNG premiering on Sunday, March 21 starting at 9 p.m. ET/8C. The return of UNSUNG kicks off a night of back-to-back premieres of auto-biographical content joining the previously announced premiere of UNCENSORED, immediately following at 10 p.m. ET/9C. The six-time...

Song You Need to Know: Leela James, ‘Complicated’

Leela James applies her gale-force voice in precise, leveling blasts in “Complicated,” a bouncy, lavish love song that marks her first release since 2019. This is a track about tearing through, if not obliterating, the red-tape that’s been standing in the way of a romance. James reduces everything to the simplest of equations: “You know I really want you, and you want me too.”

First Listen: Leela James doesn't want it too "Complicated"

It's been a moment since we've heard new music from Miss James, but she ends the drought with a new Rex Rideout-produced single that places her voice on top of a classy, contemporary midtempo that lays nicely for her. "Complicated" tells the story of a woman who is definitely into her man, feeling all of the feelings she wants, and letting him know not to get too much into his own head about what is happening naturally between them.