For over a decade, acclaimed singer-songwriter, Leela James has remained a consistent figure in R&B with a discography of quality soul music that constantly reminds of what it is to be human – to love, to regret and to dream. With 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. Her other musical influences range from soul to funk, and jazz, including legends like Chaka Khan and Al Green.
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 topped Billboard charts, had her music featured on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and starred on TV One’s “ R&B Divas: Los Angeles.” She has collaborated with the best producers, toured alongside Maxwell and Ledisi, and 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.” Her classic albums have also earned nominations for Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards, and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist at the 2008 Soul Train Music Awards.