Los Angeles songbird Leela James captures the spirit of honest country blues on 'A Change Is Gonna Come,' her debut album whose title pays homage to the Sam Cooke tune that encouraged rampant social change in the 1960s. The bold and beautiful artist has a heart wrenching, seen-it-all voice that urgently tells the stories of her life and the tales of the generations before her. Her classic, rootsy soul connects the dots between different eras, blurring the lines of then and now. James is heavily influenced by Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin yet her collaborator list for the record is a who's who of the right now sound - Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq, Wyclef Jean, James Poyser and Chucky Thompson all helped assemble the deep sounds. "Music" is the first single and it's a gritty soundtrack to the sounds of life. Leela James is a star on the horizon and make no bones about it, she's the real deal.