FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
London, England/Nashville, TN June 2018 – Sonia Leigh spent the better part of 2017 touring throughout the UK, steadily building up an audience that equals her strong US fan base. Leigh is known for her live performances, which draw enthusiastic audiences hungry for the singer’s electrified presence, rip chord guitar playing and passionate lyrics.
Her upcoming full-length album release, Sonia Leigh and Friends Live in London: Studio 3 Sessions, captures all of the elements that make her one of music’s most exciting live performers.
Recorded live at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, her 11-track album heralds an organic, honest and raw approach. On the album, Leigh collaborates with hand selected UK musicians and artists including, James Tranter, James Dudley and Luke Davis from Broken Witt Rebels. From the smoky vocals and catapulting guitars on “Jack is Back” to the upbeat classic rock nod of “Alabama Bound” and the witty, worldly-wise lyrics of “My Name is Money,” there are many gems on Sonia Leigh’s latest effort. Surprises such as a beautiful piano rendition of Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” and her own version of her self-penned number one hit for Zac Brown Band, “Sweet Annie,” this album has something for everyone.
The album will be available on all digital platforms beginning June 15, 2018. A limited number of physical copies of the record are available through sonialeigh.com and Amazon in the US and HMV and other retailers in the UK.
About Sonia Leigh
Sonia Leigh moved around frequently throughout her childhood, spending time in five states across the Bible Belt and Midwest. This filled her early life with changing scenery and half-packed moving boxes. Throughout, though, music remained a constant presence.
“Growing up, my dad played music,” Sonia told Curve magazine, “He was a writer, and I’d listen to his songs that he wrote and I’d steal his guitar. As soon as I learned a few chords and I could change them fast enough, I started writing songs too.”
Sonia became a fan of many genres of music along her way. She was influenced at a young age by her grandfather singing Hank Williams songs at family gatherings and soaking up her father’s own writing and record collection. It’s no surprise that her mother’s classic rock favorites crept in and had a major role in shaping her talents. In her early teens, the angst of the then-emerging grunge scene immediately set fire to a brand new trail and opened up a whole new world for Sonia’s musical wanderlust. Naturally, Sonia drew on every influence when she began writing and performing her own material, which she’s done since she began dreaming up her own songs in her bedroom. Along the way, this shape shifting singer-songwriter has honed both her craft and evolved her own genre-crossing style.
“I grew up listening to country music with my Dad,” Sonia remembers, “but rock slowly became one of the biggest parts of the picture. I just loved it all, and I wanted to play it all. I was never someone who wanted to play only one style. I just wanted to play music.”
Sonia’s passion for music transcends genres’ boxed-in boundaries, enabling her to maintain an expressive individuality, with energy and edge. She’s toured across the world with the likes of Melissa Etheridge, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, and country legends such as Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn. Back in her adopted hometown of Nashville, she’s become a popular songwriter on Music Row, with a pair of #1 hits to her name: Zac Brown Band’s “Goodbye in Her Eyes” and “Sweet Annie” (both featured on the Grammy-winning album ‘Uncaged’). Sonia Leigh has earned a reputation as a songwriter who stretches country music far beyond its traditional limits.
Now, continuing to develop her solo career, working with new sounds, collaborators, and jumping genre boundaries with ease, Sonia is drawing in and on everything from pop, hip hop melodies and country storytelling to the no-rules spirit of grunge, combined with the energy of rock & roll. Catchy hooks and clever lyrics are Sonia Leigh’s trademarks.
It was recently announced that Sonia has paired up and works closely with Supa Jam a new music program that allows children and young adults from all backgrounds in the UK to learn their musical path, with guidance from expert mentors in the industry. She will be headlining the Supa Jam stage at The Black Deer Festival Friday, June 22nd. You can also catch her pregame show Thursday, June 21st at the Hertford Corn Exchange. Check her website http://sonialeigh.com for info and don’t miss your chance to see this one of kind live.
Sonia Leigh: Live In London is available now for pre-order on iTunes and due to release on June 15, 2018.
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Source- US: Media Alliance, UK: Central Press PR