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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.

LAST SUMMER I RECORDED ELEVEN OF THESE SONGS WITH JOHN MARK PAINTER IN NASHVILLE. THAT ALBUM, *MODERN LOVE SONGS*, WILL BE RELEASED IN 2014. THE TITLE TRACK, MODERN LOVE SONG WILL BE RELEASED AS A SINGLE VERY SOON. 

- ALVA LEIGH, FEB 2014

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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