Houston, Texas– R&B/ Soul Singer Leela James gets gangsta! Who said pretty faces and soul singers can’t “Set it Off”?  Well, Syleena Johnson, Avery Sunshine, and legendary LA rapper Medusa teamed up with Leela James to shoot the creative video for Leela’s new single, “Thought U Knew” which pays homage to the legendary film, “Set it Off.”  In the 4-minute visual, Leela reinvents the role of Stony which was originally played by Jada Pinkett Smith. She embodied the role by also cutting off her infamous long hair and embracing a new short haircut. The 4 ladies had a blast filming this video as they each have shared a bond and friendship for over a decade. “Thought U Knew” is the follow-up to the current Billboard Top 15 single, “Right Back In It” from Leela’s highly anticipated new album which is also titled “Thought U Knew.”  The project will be released on all platforms on October 27th.

The ultra soulful, funky single is written by Leela and frequent collaborator Francesca Richard and produced by Rex Rideout. The video was filmed in Houston by Dang Films.

Leela is currently on the US leg of her “Right Back In It” world tour. She heads to Europe in mid October.  Ms. James is preparing to launch her girl talk series “Right Back In It” where she is going to HBCU campuses to chat with female students about self love, setting goals, and getting “Right Back In It” mentally and physically to be a successful student. She is scheduled to make stops at Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, Clark Atlanta University, and Morris Brown College.



For more information on Leela James, please visit


About Leela James:

Leela’s music is a constant reminder of what it is to be human – to love, to regret, and to dream. Leela’s successful career first began when she burst onto the scene in 2006 with her debut album, A Change is Gonna Come. She has since collaborated with the best producers, toured successfully across the US and Europe with some of the biggest names in R&B, performed on the ABC hit show, “Dancing with the Stars,” and starred on TV One’s “R&B Divas: Los Angeles”, amongst different guest appearances on a host of shows.

Leela’s talents are undeniable amongst her peers in the industry, and her music continues to resonate with core fans today. This songbird has earned countless spots on the Billboard charts, including No. 1 on Billboard Adult R&B Airplay Charts and No. 8 on Billboard Urban Adult Song of the Year for hit single “Complicated” from her latest album “See Me”. Leela’s classic albums have also earned nominations for “Outstanding New Artist” at the NAACP Image Awards (2008), “Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist” at the Soul Train Music Awards (2008), and scoring her first award from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for her 2014 single “Fall for You”, now certified gold, selling more than 500,000 equivalent units.

Photo Credits: Jaeh Ross