Leah Daniels

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Leah Daniels
Born (1987-12-25) December 25, 1987 (age 26)
Origin Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada
Genres Pop, country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 1996–present
Labels Independent
Associated acts Sam Ellis, Rob Wells, Ryan Laird, Anthony Carone, Ryan Boisselle, Stacey Maroske

Leah Daniels (born December 25, 1987)[1] is a Canadian country music singer and songwriter. She is an independent recording artist set to release her debut single in February 2012. Her self-titled debut was released in November 2011. She released her first music video titled "Suspicious Minds" on November 2, 2011 on CMT, Canada.

Biography[edit]

Leah Daniels grew up on a small farm in Uxbridge, Ontario. Daniels was constantly surrounded by music and singing. She was introduced to music at an early age by a grandfather who taught her how to yodel and an uncle who schooled her in classic rock. She began to write songs at age 12 preferring music that incorporated a country pop music sound.

Early years[edit]

Daniels began performing as a young girl in choirs and singing competitions. Her first exposure to Country Music came at age 10 singing at the CNE Open Country singing contest. While attending school in Uxbridge, Ontario Leah began to perform in musicals. She performed roles as Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady", Sandy in "Grease" and Anita in "West Side Story".[2] Her first professional singing job was at a dinner theatre called, “Al Capone’s Birthday”. Soon after this at age 18 Leah was hired to work as a singer/dancer in the shows “School of Rock” and “Twistin’ to the Sixties” at a theme park called Canada’s Wonderland. Here Leah met and began to sing with the musicians who form her current band.

In 2005 Daniels studied musical theatre at Sheridan College and the following year she studied voice at Humber College. At this point in 2007 Leah left school to pursue her ambition of writing, recording and releasing her own original music. In 2008, she recorded and released her first 3 song Demo “No Escape”. It was considered to be mostly pop/R&B but one song “Perfect World” stood out as almost having a county flavour.[3] The positive feedback to "Perfect World" inspired Leah to focus on country music writing at this point.

Recording career[edit]

In 2010, Daniels began to perform regularly as a country artist. She won the Durham Region Music Award for Country Artist of the Year. She also performed at the Havelock Country Jamboree alongside such music legends as Dwight Yoakam and Tanya Tucker.[4] She followed this with a September 2010 appearance in the New Artist Showcase at the 2010 CCMA Music Week.[5]

She began to build a motivated fan base on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube recording several music videos and posting them. Leah also began to write and record her debut CD with friend, musician and producer Sam Ellis. Sam is known as a member of the Hunter Hayes Band. The recording was finished in mid-2011 and the first song/video, "Suspicious Minds" was released to CMT Canada and YouTube in November 2011.'Suspicious Minds" was a remake of the Elvis Presley classic song of the same title.

Leah made her debut TV appearance on March 3rd 2012 on the CTV Saskatchewan Telemiracle broadcast. Leah Daniels released her second song/video, "One Night[disambiguation needed]" to CMT Canada and YouTube June 8th 2012.'

One song from her new CD, "Still" has been featured on the CMT (Canada) show “Unstable”.

Other projects[edit]

Daniels performed with the tour act, God Made Me Funky, during 2008 and 2009. She still performs occasionally with them . Leah recorded on the groups 4th album “Welcome to Nufunktonia”, released in 2009. In 2010 she performed and toured with a "Hannah Montana" tribute show.[6] That same year she also appeared as a background vocalist for the Canadian Band, IllScarlett for their performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2011 "Suspicious Minds" Eady Bros.
2012 "One Night" Skye Sweetnam
"Where Do I Go" (with Ryan Laird) Tim Deegan
2013 "We Got Snow"

Other album appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
2011 "All Songs" Welcome to Newfunktonia, God Made Me Funky

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2013 Canadian Country Music Association Interactive Artist of the Year Nominated
2014 Interactive Artist of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Leah Daniels Celebrates Her Birthday on Christmas Day. Leah Daniels Official Website. December 26, 2011. Retrieved January, 15 2012.[dubious ]
  2. ^ Boyce, Conrad. "When Did They Grow Up?", Uxbridge Cosmos, Uxbridge, 28 February 2008.
  3. ^ Hayward, Jeff. "Hey, hey Leah!: Uxbridge singer holds CD release party Saturday", Uxbridge Times Journal Metroland Media Group, Uxbridge, 28 February 2008.
  4. ^ Hoult, Mark. "Country crooners vie for coveted jamboree spot", The Community Press, Havelock, 19 August 2010. Retrieved on 10 January 2012.
  5. ^ Mills, Brandi. "New Artist Showcase Line-Up Announced for Country Music Week 2010", Canadian Country Music Association, Edmonton, 19 July 2010. Retrieved on 10 January 2012.
  6. ^ Annington, Brett. [timestranscript.canadaeast.com/rss/article/929293 "Experience Hannah Montana"], Times & Transcript, Moncton, 23 January 2010. Retrieved on 10 February 2010

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