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ALVA LEIGH // MOODY, QUIRKY, PRETTY PIANO POP // NASHVILLE TO LONDON

I GREW UP ON THE GULF COAST OF MISSISSIPPI – AN HOUR EAST OF NEW ORLEANS.  NOW I LIVE IN NORTH LONDON. 

IN 2005, I MOVED TO NASHVILLE AND RELEASED WITH THIS LOVE WITH THE HELP OF PRODUCER MIKE ODMARK AND INDIE LABEL ESPERANZA PLANTATION. I SPENT 7 YEARS IN NASHVILLE, STUDYING RELIGION, LITERATURE and ART AT BELMONT UNIVERSITY,  LEARNING ABOUT MUSIC WITH OTHER WRITERS AND PERFORMERS.

WHILE IN COLLEGE, I RE-WORKED SOME OF MY SONGS FROM THIS ALBUM AND WROTE NEW ONES. IN JANUARY 2010, I MADE MY DEBUT WITH THESE SONGS ON MY RECORD ‘ALVA LEIGH’  PRODUCED BY JOHN MARK PAINTER (BEN FOLDS, SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER). THE ALBUM WAS DESCRIBED AS “A FEAST FOR THE EARS” – “POSITIVELY EXHILARATING, WITH SURPRISE-FILLED MELODIES AND LYRICS THAT ARE BOTH POETIC AND PERSONAL.” SOME NEAT THINGS HAVE HAPPENED WITH THOSE SONGS. AFTER THE MISSISSIPPI OIL SPILL, “SKYLINE” WAS USED IN THE NATIONAL TOURISM CAMPAIGN FOR MY HOMETOWN. “CALLING ME” WAS USED IN EPISODE 7.02 OF GREY’S ANATOMY, AND “ORDINARY DAY” WAS USED IN THE 2012 FALL CAMPAIGN FOR PANDORA JEWELLERY. 

THE SPRING OF 2012 MY HUSBAND & I MOVED TO LONDON (FOR HIS PhD WORK). SO THAT SUMMER I RECORDED A COVERS EP WITH SOME OF MY FAVORITE NASHVILLE ARTISTS AT GRAY MATTERS STUDIO WITH PRODUCER MIKE ODMARK. ALVA LEIGH IN NASHVILLE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON NOISETRADE.

I SPENT THE WINTER of 2012 WRITING SONGS FOR MY NEXT ALBUM ON A RENTED PIANO, DRINKING YORKSHIRE GOLD TEA, WALKING IN REGENT’S PARK AND READING AGAINST THE RADIATOR. I WANTED TO WRITE SOARING, CLASSIC FOLK-POP MELODIES WITH LYRICS THAT MAKE PEOPLE FEEL SOMETHING. THE STORIES RAN FROM MISSING HOME, TO FIGHTING FOR A FAILED RELATIONSHIP, TO STANDING IN YOUR OWN WAY. EACH SONG IS A LITTLE PIECE OF MYSELF OR SOMEONE I KNOW. BUT HOPEFULLY IT HAS A THREAD OTHER PEOPLE CAN HOLD ONTO - SOMETHING PEOPLE CAN RELATE TO. 

IN MAY 2013, I RETURNED TO NASHVILLE TO RECORD ELEVEN OF THESE SONGS WITH JOHN MARK PAINTER.  IN NASHVILLE. THAT ALBUM, *MODERN LOVE SONGS*, WILL BE RELEASED ON MY OWN LABEL ON JUNE 30, 2014.

- ALVA LEIGH

I ALSO KEEP A BLOG ABOUT SONGWRITING, INSPIRATION, FASHION AND LIFE AS AN EXPAT IN LONDON.


images from the making of MODERN LOVE SONGS

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