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    Thursday, January 19, 2006

    Soul Woman 

    Modern-day soul singer Leela James, recently back in the U.S. from a tour of South Africa, is starting to attract a lot of attention.

    Here is a press release about her latest award nomination. Note that this is not the usual bland press release, but that she uses it to explain her creative vision (boldface added).

    Leela James Nominated for NAACP Image Award

    BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/18/2006 -- Acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Leela James has been nominated for a prestigious NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding New Artist category for her powerful and impassioned Warner Bros. Records' 2005 debut album "A Change Is Gonna Come."

    "I want my music to be more than just good music," remarks James. "I would like it to challenge what is considered popular R&B music today. I want it to bring back good lyrics and real singing that touch people in their hearts, and melodies that stick to their ribs and nourish the soul."

    It's a creative goal that has earned Leela James a lion's share of critical praise. "James captures the soulful essence of an era gone by," enthuses People Magazine. "Her husky vocals conjure shades of Mavis Staples, Betty Wright and Tina Turner." The Boston Globe singled out her "big, old-school voice and mission to put the soul back into soul music" while Elle Magazine raved about her "powerful, bluesy voice, tinged with an old-schooled tenderness that pushes past nostalgia."

    The NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice. The star-studded 37th Annual Image Awards will be broadcast nationally March 3rd on the Fox network. Check local listings for time and station.

    Leela James is returning to the road with dates in the US, Japan, and Europe starting at the beginning of March.

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