PRAISE FOR ALVA LEIGH
"Alva Leigh writes undeniably catchy pop songs. I’m talking ‘tie your earphones in a knot, sing at the top of your lungs and pretend the kids at the back of the bus can’t hear you’ catchy." - DRUNKEN WEREWOLF
'Alva recreates stripped-back piano music in the same vein as her musical heroes and gives it contemporary punch.' - VULTURE HOUND MAG
'Alva's addictive piano hooks and gloomy ruminating lyrics provide the perfect balance of angsty country pop and cleverly executed nods to the reality of love, life and those weird things, y'know, feelings.' - YOUNG GOLD TEETH
'Wonderfully crafted and delivered songs. What else would you expect from a Nashville expat?"' - JEN ROBERTS / SOCIETY OF THE GOLDEN SLIPPERS
'Playing warm, compelling folk pop with a dash of jazz, Alva is like a poppier Tori Amos or bluesy Regina Spektor.' - FOR FOLK'S SAKE
Introducing the beautiful Alva Leigh, who has arrived fresh from Nashville to release her new album Modern Love Songs.
With pretty melodies and lush vocals that nod to the likes of Rilo Kiley and Regina Spektor, Alva’s brooding piano pop has already received commercial success over in the States when her single 'Calling Me' was used in an episode of the TV medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.
Modern Love Songs dances between joyful celebrations of love, introspective contemplations on loss, wistful stories from her southern past. Produced by John Mark Painter (Ben Folds), the album is full of classic folk-pop songs with lush, genre-transcending arrangements. The title track, an "undeniably catchy pop song" about staying in love was released as a single on Alva’s own label. Songs like 'Somewhere' and 'Be My Baby’ illuminate the beautiful yet subtle country tones – reminiscent of Patty Griffin – in Alva’s vocal. A sense of timelessness prevails on the reflective piano-led ‘Salt of the Same Ocean’ and ‘Breakers of Our Own Hearts’, which might have come from any decade in the last 50 years.
Her live show has been garnering attention from top London promoters. Last year she played a highly coveted slot at the private industry showcase, the Society of the Golden Slippers, called 'the best night of live music in London' by the Huffington Post and host to The Civil Wars & Laura Mvula in their early careers.
Modern Love Songs is available on iTunes and all other digital outlets.
ADVERTS, TV & FILM from Alva Leigh (2012)
- Ordinary Day, Grey's Anatomy, Episode 702
- Ordinary Day, America's Next Top Model
- Ordinary Day, Felicity (Netflix reissue), Episode 201
- Ordinary Day, Pandora Jewelry National Advert (US)
- Skyline, Mississippi, Gulf Coast Tourism National Advert (US)