The death of Etta James earlier this year proved to have a major impact on a slew of singers who identified James as musical inspiration. Leela James, being one of those impacted by her passing, is gearing up to celebrate the legend with In The Spirit of Etta James, a tribute album set for release this summer.
The album will feature covers of signature Etta James songs like “I’d Rather Go Blind,” “Something’s Got A Hold Of Me” and “At Last,” and more obscure tunes like “It Hurts So Much,” ”I Never Meant To Love Him” and “I Want To Ta Ta You Baby.” In addition, the album will also feature some original compositions.
“I think Etta James sang from real pain, which truly made the blues and soul of her music special. Very few artists are able to convey that sincere pain in their music,” shares Leela.
In The Spirit of Etta James will feature production from Grammy Award winning producers Shannon Sanders and Drew Ramsey, who together and separately have produced hits for India. Arie, John Legend, Jonny Lang, Heather Headley and Anthony David.
To have the opportunity to do an album paying tribute to the late Etta James is an honor and it is my intent to keep her legacy of music alive in doing so.”
In The Spirit of Etta James will be available in June.
EXCLUSIVE: Listen to Leela James‘ cover of “Something Got A Hold On Me”