R&B/Soul singer-songwriter Leela James announces the release of her new album Fall For You to be released via J&T Records/BMG/RED Distribution on July 8, 2014. Fall For You marks Leela’s fourth studio album of her career.
The second single and title track “Fall For You” is now available for purchase, and the full-length album can be pre-ordered on iTunes starting today. Produced by Leela James herself, and co-written with Rex Rideout (Ledisi, Babyface, Luther Vandross), “Fall For You” is a tender, introspective, and poignant ballad that demonstrates James’ maturity, vulnerability and vocal command. The song premiered on Essence.com last week and will impact Urban AC radio on May 19. The new video for “Fall For You” can be seen on VH1 Soul and online at VEVO.com.
“Soulful and delicate, the beautifully-stripped-down ballad could be the perfect summer wedding song.” – Essence
To capture her vision on the new project, James procured a talented cast of collaborators including producers Tim “Tha Arkitec” Kelley (Tim & Bob), Shannon Sanders and Drew Ramsey (John Legend, India.Arie), Joe Ryan III (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild) and writers Rex Rideout and Francci Richards (Fergie). The album’s first single “Say That” is a powerful duet featuring Anthony Hamilton. The contagious sing-along song received favorable reviews, including one from the award-winning site Singersroom which states “these two bring a soulful, classic love duet to life effortlessly.”
Leela James burst onto the scene with her 2006 debut album A Change is Gonna Come, introducing audiences to her considerable vocal chops and garnering nominations for Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist of 2008 at the Soul Train Music Awards. She has gone on to record three subsequent albums including My Soul, which reached #7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart and #37 on the Billboard 200 chart, and earned acclaim from critics for her songwriting skills. Nicknamed Baby Etta as a little girl, James paid homage to her idol in 2012 by recording Loving You More…In the Spirit of Etta James.
Leela James is the newest cast member to star in season 2 of TV One’s drama filled hit reality show R&B Divas LA airing in Q2 of 2014. The show will follow James as she gears up to launch her forthcoming album, in addition to giving never-seen-before access into her personal life. Leela has been appearing on select tour dates with Ledisi and Robert Glasper, and is set to perform at the 20th Annual Essence Music Festival on July 4.
5/9 – Atlanta, GA with Ledisi, Robert Glasper Experiment | Chastain Park Amphitheatre
5/11 – St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival | Pigeon Island
5/25 – San Diego Jazz Festival | Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
7/4 – New Orleans, LA for Essence Music Festival | Mercedes-Benz Superdome
2005: A Change Is Gonna Come
2009: Let’s Do It Again
2012: Loving You More… In The Spirit Of Etta James
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