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Leah is an Indie/Folk & Soul Singer/Songwriter from Upstate NY. She found herself snorkeling powder in the Wasatch while playing music for the Apré scene around Salt Lake City. Her live music and touring gave her the opportunity to chase her dreams of music, snow and surf across the U.S. and Europe.
As Leah works on a new Album to be released in 2021 her most recent releases were recorded live alongside drummer Francesco Catricala for Sugarshack Sessions, a digital music series that features unique and intimate acoustic sessions filmed/recorded in a backyard in Bonita Springs, FL. You can find the full EP on all streaming platforms and the live sessions on Youtube. This Live EP with Sugarshack partners her return to the U.S. after touring Europe with Sofar Sounds in countries like Germany, Spain, Italy, Israel and Greece.
Prior to touring Europe Leah Co-founded The Wander Women Collective with Photographer Iz La Motte and Skier/Pilot Anna Tadesco. Their mission is to encourage women to engage beyond the screen through art and outdoor pursuits. Their first project started in Oregon in the summer of 2019 where they Organized 17 events combined with off the grid solar powered concerts and fundraisers at various venues. Their goal was to raise awareness of their mission and raise money to create a scholarship for Keeley's Camp for Girls. In celebration Leah released "Safety Second" alongside Their video series presented by Backcountry.com and sponsored by Icelantic Skis, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Glo and Soundboks.
Leah also had the opportunity to sing backup vocals for artist and singer/songwriter Victoria Canal on her midwest tour with Lawrence, Leah opened for Daphne Willis in 2018 at Purchase College and toured with Jerk in 2017 on a northeast tour after she released her first single in October 2017. Leah has also appeared with pop star Charlie Puth in a commercial for Samsung and the Smule app. in 2017 she co-wrote and featured on up and coming D.C. artist Ace Cosgrove's single "My Fault" and NY artist Cole King's single "Dead End". She will be playing at The Soundwell in Salt Lake City on Nov. 21st opening for Satsang.
Leah and her band of 6 have played all over New York and along the East Coast consisting of pianist Jack Redsecker, guitarist Andrew Kaplan, drummer Francesco Catricala, bassist Mikey Migliore and her horn section; saxophone player Josh Nelson and trumpet player Eric Frost. Collectively the band has played at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Birdland, Rockwood, Mercury Lounge, The Bitter End, New York Couture Fashion Week and more.
Leah released her first exclusive single October 23rd, 2017 to raise awareness and funds for the water crisis in Chiapas, Mexico. Leah Curated a compilation album featuring 16 artists who donated a song to the album "Melodies 4 Water" every song purchased helped to bring healthy drinkable water and sustainable filtration systems to communities in need. Artists included Julia Capello aka Wolf, Bobby Woody, Libby Larkin, Jetsam, Abrielle Scharff, Wilson Howard, Kat Reinhert, Rebecca Haviland, Rob Stocker, Matt Griffin, Skylar Coco, Our Faithful Narrator, Taylor Burgess, Lees Manifold.
The summer of 2016 with a want to use music as a vessel for positive change Leah Curated a tour with her late soul, R&B, pop group Mama and the Stops collaborating with organizations from Saratoga Springs to Virginia Beach raising over $4,500 playing in venues along the East Coast for the non-profit organizations they worked with including women’s shelters, homeless shelters and non-profit arts organizations.