I know you have been touring for the past year, how has that been?
It’s been great! I like to travel, so its actually been really cool for me to go different places. I get bored easily; being in the same place to long. It’s kind of the purpose of doing this. I get to see different places all the time.
What made you decide to come back now?
I never left. I think it just appears that I did. From a commercial stand point, I never really had the type of push and backing. I been making projects; y’all just probably didn’t know. When the push isn’t there, the promotion isn’t really there. I haven’t left, but in this go round, I have a bit more support.
Do you have a new project coming out?
The single is out right now and the album will be out the top of the year, 2014.
What is the name of your new project?
I have something in mind, but I don’t want to say for sure because I might switch up.
Does it have a theme?
This album is definitely more about love.
Are you in love?
What separates you from other artists?
There is no other Leela James. Only I do, what I do, the way that do, what I do. Only I sound the way that I sound. It’s only one me.
Do you think you have grown musically after My Soul and In the Spirit of Etta James?
With every project I grow. Every year you grow. I am not the same person I was last year and the year before. In this project, I’m more comfortable in my skin and my artistry. I wrote the whole entire project. That was really good for me to be able to do that.
How do you like writing?
I love writing. I used to write when I was a little girl, now I’m just flipping it and putting it to songs.