Will You Catch Leela James?

There’s no mistaking Leela James’ voice; the grit, the passion, the stories are pure soul. Each album she’s released since her 2005 debut A Change is Gonna Come has been bathed in the spirit of the Etta James, Aretha Franklin […]

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