Leela James

Soul stirrers

Phases & Stages

Leela James

Let's Do It Again (Shanachie)

Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq, and Wyclef Jean endorsed this 26-year-old L.A. native's 2005 debut, A Change Is Gonna Come, but her self-produced second effort stars Betty Wright's "Clean Up Woman," seven-minute ownership of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," and a bit of Badu on "Miss You," curvaceous as James' takedown of Angela Bofill, Bootsy Collins, and Al Green ("Simply Beautiful").

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