Alana Levandoski

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Alana Levandoski in 2015

Alana Levandoski is a songwriter from Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba, Canada. She was born in Kelwood, Manitoba.[1]

Cover versions of her song have been performed or recorded by artists such as Heather Bishop, Jay Semko, Linda Rocheleau, Katy Bowser and Kenny Hutson (Nashville). She has co-written with Gary Nichols, Jim Photoglo, Sylvia Tyson, James LeBanc, Mark Simos, and Colin Cripps, and has worked as a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee and Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Levandoski's debut album, Unsettled Down, was released on Rounder Records in July 2005.[2] She recorded her second album, Lions and Werewolves, with Liverpool producer and triple Grammy winner Ken Nelson who produced the first three Coldplay records.[3] Nelson flew to Manitoba initially to work on the project, and Levandoski completed the album at Parr St Studios in Liverpool,[4] at times using the same piano Chris Martin played on some of Coldplay's recordings.

Levandoski has toured Canada, Europe, the US and the United Kingdom[5] with such acts as Carlene Carter, Bruce Cockburn, Blue Rodeo, Kevin Welch, Dar Williams, Tanya Tucker, Corb Lund,[6] and Lynn Miles.

Levandoski has had albums released on Rounder Records[5] and Blue Lily Records (EMI)[7] and her early works are published by Brycemoor Music out of Toronto.

Levandoski did a music pilgrimage for 6 months from Newfoundland to New Orleans in early 2011. Her book and album I am a Sparrow tells that story.

She relocated to Edmonton, Alberta in late 2011 where she teamed up with Rhea March formerly of U22 Productions, to form the School of Song, an outreach program that mentors young performers and talent. Levandoski mentored a number of singer/songwriters until her son was born in late 2013.

Now married and a mother, the singer/songwriter lives in Strathcona County, Alberta. Alana attends the inaugural class of the Living School for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico and was "sent" (the school's term for "graduate" implying descending rather than ascending) in a servant's stole early September 2015.

Levandoski has written a body of work connected to the Christian narrative. Teaming up with Steve Bell and Murray Pulver, she has recorded a new album called Behold, I make all Things New. The album was shaped by the liturgical calendar and a hymn found in the first chapter of Colossians . Levandoski enlisted poets Malcolm Guite, Luci Shaw and Scott Cairns to write and recite for a piece she has composed that will be on her upcoming album.

One of Levandoski's fellow schoolmates, Minneapolis based painter Julie Ann Stevens, is painting while listening to each of the songs on Behold, I make all Things New. Levandoski says that collaboration is an important aspect to keeping the album from being held too tightly.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schmeichel, David (October 19, 2006). "Western Canadian Music Awards lineup", Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Devlin, Mike (February 17, 2006). "First tour as a headliner: Fate is something Alana Levandoski stands firmly behind", The Province. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  3. ^ Sanders, Rachel (November 2009). "Alana Levandoski: Lions and Werewolves", Exclaim!. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  4. ^ Friesen, Joe (August 11, 2009). "When the sound booth is made of straw bales", The Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  5. ^ a b (February 15, 2006). "On The Road Again: Alana Levandoski, Shannon Lyon And Jet Set Satellite", Chart. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Ross, Mike (October 14, 2005). "Corb Lund: Alberta boy on verge of country stardom", Edmonton Sun. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  7. ^ Munro, Eden (August 19, 2009). "Alana Levandoski", Vue Weekly (722). Retrieved April 6, 2013.

External links[edit]