Leela James Is Ready for Her Spotlight

Leela James Is Ready for Her Spotlight
The centerpiece of Leela James’ new album, See Me, is the title track, an arrestingly forlorn piano ballad built with snapping fingers and rich, Jam & Lewis-style chords — think of their work on New Edition’s “Boys to Men.” That 1988 cut was a plea for understanding from a group of child stars as they hit maturity. James’ “See Me” is a plea for understanding from a music business that has always given R&b singers, especially women, short shrift. “I am somebody just like the rest,” James sings. “But you look
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