leela_james___lets_do_it_againA few weeks ago, we reported that Leela James was working on a new album and switched labels.  “Let’s Do It Again”, will be the follow up to her 2005 debut “A Change Is Gonna Come”.  Aside from the fact that she re-recorded the Staples Singer classic, the title of this album has a much deeper meaning.  It’s all about pursuing her vision of music.  For this album, Leela was determined to make music the old-school way, just like they used to do at Stax, Motown and Muscle Shoals, recording live in the studio to capture the spontaneous magic and raw emotion that can only come by recording an in-the-moment performance where the singer feeds off the energy of the musicians. It was a courageous move but Leela was up for the challenge as she translates classic soul into her own contemporary style with unique interpretations of a wide-ranging set of songs. The results leap out of the speakers, making it an irresistible experience of joyous, organic, funky, soul music that is all too rare these days. Slated for March 24th on Shanachie Entertainment, “Let’s Do It Again”, is a triumphant sophomore effort from one of the most electrifying singers on the scene today.