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2014 Essence Music Festival - Day 2

While Leela James is riding the high for her fifth studio album, “Fall For You,” there are singers in her world that she continues to fall for. “I’m influenced by the real singers — in my opinion — and other raspy singer,” James said. “I love Chaka Khan. I’ve had the opportunity to meet her several times. She’s one of my mentors… I love singers who give them goosebumps when I hear them.”

Check out her performance of “Say That” and interview below.


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