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All-Music Monday: Leela James - Let's Do It Again

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In 2006, Leela James received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding New Artist for A Change Is Gonna Come. Her deep, rich, gritty vocals have drawn comparisons to Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, & Tina Turner.  In 2009, she released her follow up release, & tonight's featured album, Let's Do It Again.
Let's Do It Again is a collection of cover versions of '60s, '70s, & '80s R&B songs (with the exception of The Rolling Stones' "Miss You" & Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is"), & its title is a reference to the 1975 soundtrack album of the same name, whose title track, performed by The Staple Singers, is also covered on this album
Leela James’s musical soul embraces an infinite range of emotions & human struggles. As an artist & as a person, making tough choices & doing the right thing – even if it’s the hard thing – is what she’s been all about for more than a decade. In the process, she has never lost sight of the core values of the soul tradition – passion, perseverance & a strong sense of identity.
All this plus NPR news, & a lot more.  You are truly going to enjoy this record!