From the very first track on her 2005 debut album Leela James has captured the gritty, emotion-drenched essence of artists like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Mavis Staples, Marvin Gaye and has made it her mission to bring it all back - pushing the music forward with a fresh, contemporary perspective that remains faithful to the music's deep and powerful roots. My Soul, set for release on May 25, 2010, marks Leela James' debut on Stax Records. The move to Stax - the legendary home of some of the greatest soul and R&B artists of the past half century - is a fitting destination for a vocalist who has committed herself to preserving the soul tradition. The new album comes on the heels of high praise from soultracks.com, the online source for all things soul and R&B, who recently bestowed a 2009 Readers' Choice Awards to James in the category of Female Vocalist of the Year. Indeed, James has come to own the music that has inspired her since her teenage years. Her commanding live performances have become can't-miss thrillers, placing her among today's most electrifying international concert draws.