Leela James just chronicled the ending of one chapter in her life and beginning of another with the release of her sixth studio album, Did It For Love. Her seasoned vocals have been one place to find some of the style and feelings associated with prime soul of the past five decades in a post-hip-hop world. She has represented that spectrum by lendng her voice to projects featuring Ray Charles and Pete Rock. And like many soul legends, she is known for eye-catching hair as well as her singular voice. Did It For Love is her latest dedication to the most obsessed over emotion in the world. James shares the backstory to the album and why the popularity of her hair took her by surprise.
“It’s about the things that we do for love”
Is Did It For Love about one particular relationship or a series of relationships?
Actually, it’s about one relationship that led to another relationship.
What kinds of things were you going through when you made this album?
I wasn’t relly going through anything. I was pregnant and very much in tune to the emotions that was happening, a pregnancy for me is like a new beginning. I was able to tap into a lot of the feelings I had from a previous relationship as well as a current relationship. Not just my situation and my relationship I also had the indirect experiences of the people close to me people that I know are going through certain things and sometimes certain subject matters. You’re in the studio and you’re vibing, emotions are on high certain songs just come out. I write like that, I write in the spirit of the moment I don’t stay at home and think of ideas, I just go in the studio and create whatever is true and authentic in my spirit at that time.