Did It for Love

Did It for Love

by Leela JamesLeela James


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Promoted with three singles that, spread across an uncommonly long period, were her biggest Billboard Adult R&B hits, Fall for You quietly became one of Leela James' most successful albums. The upswing continues with the grit-and-grace singer's sixth full-length. Just prior to the release of Did It for Love, "Don't Want You Back" had already surpassed "Set Me Free" as James' highest placement on the Adult R&B chart, which is determined by airplay. An elegant and forthright composite of late-'70s Rufus & Chaka Khan and Earth, Wind & Fire with a little contemporary rhythmic sweetening, "Don't Want You Back" does sound best when heard on the radio, in a car with the windows down. That might be especially true for a driver or passenger on the rebound; "He's doin' what he's supposed to do, ooh, it could've been you" is an ego-deflating line executed to smooth perfection. It's one of the album's nine songs James wrote with Rex Rideout, an all-purpose studio and A&R veteran whose work has supported dozens including Will Downing, Ledisi, and BJ the Chicago Kid. The two, joined by several additional associates, are well-matched, evidently capable of covering a lot of emotional range and tying it all together. Dismissal, wistfulness, and contentment (including the fine Dave Hollister duet "Good to Love You") are among the many romantic conditions they soundtrack here, and they manage to do it with a perspective that is steeped in soul tradition but fresh for 2017. The two songs made without Rideout -- the lightly stomping "There 4 U" and dustier, hard-hitting title track, the finale -- are up to the same high standard. Fans of James' earlier output might balk at perceived impurities, like snaking
attling trap-style drums that undergird some of the tracks, but they're secondary, utilized with finesse, like a natural evolution of what the likes of Kashif and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis did with machines during the early '80s. The song shines through each time.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/2017
Label: Bmg Rights Managemen
UPC: 0190296978166
catalogNumber: 97816
Rank: 38085


  1. Hard for Me
  2. Don't Mean a Thang
  3. Don't Want You Back
  4. Real Talk: Relationships (Interlude)
  5. I Remember
  6. Good to Love You
  7. There 4 U
  8. This Day Is for You
  9. Take Me
  10. All Over Again
  11. Our Love
  12. Did It for Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leela James   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Voices,Lead
Randy Bowland   Guitar
Darrell Crooks   Guitar
Dave Hollister   Background Vocals,Lead
Rex Rideout   Piano,Keyboards
Aaron "Goody" Goode   Trombone
Keith Justice   Keyboards
Jairus Mozee   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Rischard Jenkins   Drums
Brandyn Phillips   Trumpet
Lucas Sader   Guitar
Allen "Bizkit" Arthur   Saxophone
Christopher Johnson   Trombone
Phil Beaudreau   Guitar,Horn,Keyboards
D'Jawaun Diggs   Guitar
Calvin Frazier   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Rex Rideout   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Engineer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Leela James   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Dawaun Parker   Composer
Evan Brice   Composer,Producer
Joe Syring   Engineer
Aaron Sledge   Composer
Randall Leddy   Creative Design
Keith Justice   Composer,Programming
Allen Arthur   Composer
Jairus Mozee   Composer,Producer
Demario Bridges   Composer
Taylor Bringuel   Creative Design
Phil Beaudreau   Composer,Programming,Producer
Butta-N-Bizkit   Producer
Francci Richards   Composer
Calvin Frazier   Composer,Programming,Producer

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