What sets the acclaimed R&B and soul singer-songwriter Leela James apart is her fearless approach to music. “The best artists stay true to who they are, no matter the scale,” she believes. These values have allowed Leela to remain a consistent figure in R&B with a discography of quality soul music spanning over a decade-long, with a new in-studio project slated to be released in 2019. Leela’s music is a constant reminder of what it is to be human – to love, to regret and to dream. Leela’s successful career first began when she burst onto the scene in 2006 with her debut album, A Change is Gonna Come. She has since collaborated with the best producers, toured successfully across the US and Europe with some of the biggest names in R&B, performed on the ABC hit show, “Dancing with the Stars,” and starred on the TV One’s “R&B Divas: Los Angeles.”
Leela’s talent is undeniable among her peers in the industry, and her music continues to resonate with core fans today. This songbird has earned countless spots on the Billboard charts, including a #1 spot on the Urban Adult Contemporary charts with the hit single, “Don’t Want You Back,” from her latest album Did It For Love. Leela’s classic albums have also earned nominations for “Outstanding New Artist” at the NAACP Image Awards (2008), and “Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist” at the Soul Train Music Awards (2008). The soul singer has always had a natural ability to communicate a mixture of emotions with the husky and bluesy tone of her voice and was nicknamed “Baby Etta,” after Etta James, growing up as a child in Los Angeles.
In 2012 she released, Loving You More…In the Spirit of Etta James, an album in homage to her idol. Leela’s other musical influences range from soul to funk, and jazz, including legends like Chaka Khan and Al Green. The songstress continues to rock crowds performing an array of classics and new hits, including the latest single, “All Over Again.” You can catch her latest performance at the “Salute to Ray Charles” on PBS this November. When she is not touring, Leela resides with her family in Houston, TX.